SAM Productions

MIPCOM round-up: StudioCanal tunes up ‘The Orchestra’; ITVS & Media Musketeers present ‘Essex County’; D360 makes ‘A Cut Above’

StudioCanal tunes up ‘The Orchestra’ StudioCanal has acquired Danish comedy series The Orchestra for launch at MIPCOM next week. Created by SAM Productions and directed by Mikkel Munch-Fals, who is also head writer, the series follows the rules and hierarchies, power struggles, jealousies and relationship challenges behind the scenes at the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra. Frederik Cilius Jørgensen, Rasmus […]

Denmark faces $200m hit & industry ‘decimation’, as streamer stand-off persists

Denmark’s production industry is bracing itself for losses of up to €200m ($200m) as the stalemate over rights payments from streamers continues. The stand-off between streamers including Disney+, Viaplay, Amazon Prime Video, TV2 Play and Netflix, among others, has been ongoing since January, causing more than 50 titles to be stopped at either development or production […]

Entertainment One strengthens Nordic ties, preps ‘Scandi-noir’ drama

Entertainment One (eOne) plans to strengthen its partnerships in the Nordics through expanded content deals and the production of a new Swedish “Scandi-noir” series. The company’s programming deals across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland account for more than 800 hours of scripted and unscripted content in just this year alone. The studio aims to […]

Show of the Week: Ride Upon the Storm

‘Ride upon the storm’ is a line from the William Cowper poem God Moves in a Mysterious Way and the title of a new magic-realism-infused series from Borgen creator Adam Price. With some commentators suggesting Nordic noir is running out of steam, Price and Forbrydelsen net DR are seeking to reinvigorate drama from the region, […]

Swedish-French Sun to rise in Cannes

A new Swedish/French drama from the creator of Bron will launch at MIPCOM. StudioCanal will debut Mårlind & Stein’s Midnight Sun at the market. The Atlantique and Nice Drama-produced series is for Canal+ in France and SVT in Sweden. It launches later this year in both territories, with StudioCanal preselling at MIPCOM. The distributor will […]

Bauer gets new US StudioCanal role

Tandem Productions CEO Rola Bauer is expanding her role to oversee StudioCanal’s television projects in the US. She will now work on scripted formats from France-based StudioCanal’s production and partnership companies, and coproductions in the US, as well as working with Universal Music Group, which is part of StudioCanal parent Vivendi, on new synergies. She […]

DR, Arte back Borgen creator’s drama

European channels DR and Arte have partnered with Borgen creator Adam Price on a character-driven drama that centres on faith. Danish pubcaster DR and Franco-German cultural channel Arte are working with BAFTA-winning producer Price’s new scripted prodco SAM Productions on the show, Rides Upon the Storm (WT). The Danish and French SAM subsidiaries, SAM Productions […]

StudioCanal makes Scandi move with new prodco

French film and TV producer and distributor StudioCanal has joined forces with the creators of Scandi noir series Borgen and Forbrydelsen (The Killing) to create SAM Productions. Citing StudioCanal CEO Olivier Courson, French newspaper Les Echos first reported news of the new company, which will be equally owned by Scandi drama specialists Adam Price, Soren […]