MISO film heralds new Swedish production office with two new commissions

MUMBAI: Danish production company, Miso Film, is to expand its Scandinavian footprint by opening a new office in Sweden to produce both feature films and TV-series for the Scandinavian and international market. Headed up by Sandra Harms, Miso Film Sweden already has a TV commission and feature film in the works.

The company’s first TV-series is supported by Sweden’s TV4. Based on the novels of Norwegian thriller writer Anne Holt, VIK/STUBÖ will be a 8 x 45’ series, adapted for TV by three-times Emmy award-winning writers Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrom (Unit One, The Eagle, The Protectors). Shooting is expected to begin in Stockholm at the beginning of 2015.

Miso Film Sweden has also optioned the rights for the book 438 DAYS by Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, centred around the time the two journalists spent in an Ethiopian prison. The book was nominated for an August last year and is already a bestseller with over 100,000 copies sold in less than six months. Development of the project has already begun with the screenplay written by Peter Birro (Monica Z, How Soon Is Now?).

Peter Bose, co-founder of Miso Film says: ”With a number of highly successful films and TV series in the Norwegian and Danish market, it was an obvious next step for us to move into Sweden. The move allows us to expand our footprint in Scandinavia and build on our experience of working in Sweden through titles like on BECK and WALLANDER.”

Jonas Allen, co-founder Miso Film added: ”It’s really important to us for Miso Film Sweden to become a strong independent company in its own right and not just a Swedish mailbox for our Danish company. That’s why we’re delighted to have someone of Sandra Harms' calibre on board. Over time, we’ll be looking to expand the production team and the home-grown talent further.”

Sandra Harms joins the new company from Sonet Film/SF, with a string of feature films to her name, including Princess (Teresa Fabik), Bekas (Karzan Kader) and Us (Mani Maserrat). She adds: ”I’m delighted to be joining a company like Miso Film, which enjoys a reputation for quality at home and abroad. I’m very proud to be part of Peter and Jonas’ new venture and look forward to growing and developing the business in Sweden and maintaining the quality and calibre of the content that audiences come to expect of us.” 

Founded in 2004 by Jonas Allen and Peter Bose, Miso Film has produced a number of successful TV-series including DICTE, THOSE WHO KILL, VEUM, which have been sold to over 40 international markets. This includes an American remake by Fox 21 & Imagine Television of THOSE WHO KILL, starring ChloëSevigny. Miso Film’s next major series, 1864, about the Schleswig War, will premiere in Autumn 2014 on DR in Denmark, followed by TV4 in Sweden.

In 2013, FremantleMedia acquired a majority stake in the company, providing Miso Film with a strong international base from which to distribute its content, while also giving FremantleMedia an important foothold in Scandinavian scripted drama.

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