Nordic television dramas sold around the world at MIPCOM

With MIPCOM, the world’s largest content market (basically a huge store for television!), coming to an end, it’s looking very good for Nordic fans. Many new television series have secured distribution for international outlets around the world.

For the crime fans, Follow the Money was sold to Switzerland and Iran. Borgen was sold to Israel, and the upcoming Icelandic series The Valhalla Murders is currently being negotiated (though local release is due in 2017). The Killing has been sold to India for the option of a remake (which, lets be fair, is something we all need to see). The new Swedish/French crime drama Midnight Sun had a major launch at MIPCOM and sales have been made to the Nordics, Germany, Australia, Israel, Belgium and Benelux. The series has just premiered in Sweden. The upcoming Danish crime thriller Below the Surface is currently being negotiated. Trapped season two is being pre-sold (hopefully to your country) and the Swedish crime series Honour is being distributed world rights by Swedish company Eccho Rights. The Danish/German crime drama Dan Sommersdahl, based on the books by Anna Grue, is also pre-selling.

In terms of pure drama, The Legacy 3 has been sold to Australia, Israel, Benelux and the UK. This will be the final season for the Danish series. The upcoming Icelandic series Prisoners has a lot of interest, and is currently set to screen in the Nordics and Poland. It premieres in Iceland on the 1st of January 2017. The Norwegian series Nobel has been gaining  a lot of interest, and there’s no doubt we’ll see it in other countries very soon. the series is still screening in Norway.

Lastly, some Nordic comedies are gaining interest. Splitting Up Together has interest in Canada, France and Belgium, and a remake is already in talks in the USA. Next Summer, a Norwegian comedy, is also gaining interest in Germany, Benelux and the UK.

Long story short, next year is going to be huge for Nordic drama. Keep your eyes out for official release dates! 


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.