SKAM Remakes in Europe

SKAM, NRK’s cult teen series created by Julie Andem, is getting a remake in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. According to Beta Film’s statement, all the partners were hand-picked by NRK’s executives and Beta to ensure the level of authenticity of the remakes which is seen as the key to the enormous success of the show within the target group. The international rights is held by Beta Film and NRK.

Banijay Studios France and France Télévision have partners for the French version of SKAM. Germany’s Bantry Bay (backed by Beta Film) is collaborating with ZDF/funk, and Movistar+ is developing the Spanish remake. In Italy, Cross Productions is working with media house TIMVISION, and in the Netherlands NTR is producing the remake for NRT/NPO. In addition to this, UK TV producer/artist manager Simon Fuller and the company XIX Entertainment acquired the rights last year to create an English language remake.

SKAM, the Norwegian web and TV show in four seasons had millions of teen fans in Scandinavia and around the globe. They followed the lives of a group of Oslo high school students and their discussions about love, friendship, identity, peer pressure, sex, religion and status. The final episode shown on 24 June was followed by more than 1 million viewers on SKAMS’s website.

“Our mission is to create the best content possible for our Norwegian audience. At the same time, we are very excited about the tremendous interest that SKAM (Shame) has generated outside of Norway. The creators of Skam aimed to help 16-year-old-girls, strengthen their self-esteem through dismantling taboos, making them aware of interpersonal mechanisms and showing them the benefits of confronting their fears. This is a vision we are proud to bring to other countries.” Thor Gjermund Eriksen, the CEO at NRK

Featured photo: Tom-Øverlie (NRK)

Source: Nordic Film & TV Fund

Barbara Majsa

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