Remakes, premieres and awards: All the Nordic TV happenings at MIPTV

MIPTV, a market for international television, has wrapped up for another year. The Nordic Film and TV Fund has published an overview of all the happenings at the event, including which new television series we should keep an eye out for. You can read the whole article here, and below is our summary.

Two new Nordic television shows picked up awards at the event. First is Beta Film’s period drama Babylon Berlin, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the ‘Full Episode’ category. The Danish series Ride Upon the Storm, created by Adam Price, won the TV Critics Award as well as the MIPTV Drama Coup de Coeur in the works in progress section. DR also won their first-ever International Emmy Kids Award for Baking in the Dark.

Following the success of Midnight Sun, two new French/Swedish co-productions have been announced. First is Rare, a sci-fi series written by Alex Haridi (Real Humans) and directed by Theirry Poiraud. The second series is called Unpunished, about the tropical phenomena of Artificial Intelligence and cyber warfare. The series is created by Fredrik Agetoft (Arne Dahl) and producer Niels A. Wetterberg.

In terms of shows travelling around the world, several Nordic shows have been picked up for international release. Valkyrien was sold to a major digital player, on top of previous deals with Walter Presents for the UK and US, SBS Australia, among others. A sale is also pending with France, and there is talk of an English-language remake coming. Meanwhile, the Swedish series Rebecka Martisson, based on Åsa Larsson’s best-selling novels, had a strong interest, though no deals have been announced.

The Swedish thriller series Black Lake has been sold to BBCFour, HBO Eastern Europe and NBC/Universal. The remake rights of the Swedish comedy Solsidan have been sold to France, who have started to produce the series already.

Season three of The Legacy is heading to Slovenia and Israel, Follow the Money season 1 and 2 is going to Serbia/Montenegro, Borgen (all seasons) will air on Spain’s Telefonica, The Killing 1 & 2 to Catalonia TV, and a US deal is pending for Follow the Money 1 & 2 as well as The Legacy 3. Another deal on Norskov is pending with Germany.

DR Sales’ premium dramas in development had strong interest. These series include Liberty, The Valhalla Murders, Malin Fors and the Norwegian oil drama State of Happiness. Happy Ending/TV2’s Splitting Up Together was sold to France and a US and Belgium version is in production.

The Finnish disaster comedy Love and Order was also popular among buyers, but will first air in its own country on YLE in autumn.

The youth series Mental, from the creators of Lovemilla, was sold to Sweden and final discussions are happening with a US global entertainment brand. Remake rights are also in discussion in Germany and Switzerland. The hybrid series Heroes of the Baltic Sea was sold to Thailand and attracted interest from the US and Latin America.

The latest in Swedish crime, Before We Die, was promoted at MIPTV. German-speaking regions have already shown interest, as well as from English-speaking territories.

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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.