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Daniel Lägersten, Peter Settman, Helena Danielsson - Brain Academy
MIPCOM 2014: Brain Academy Thinks High End Drama For Multi-platforms

Scandinavia’s television powerhouse NICE Entertainment Group – itself part of MTG Group - has added a new Swedish brand to its family of 28 companies across the world. A spin-off of the existing Baluba TV, the drama-specialised Brain Academy is led by Baluba founder Peter Settman. Experienced film producer Helena Danielsson (Beyond) has joined the new venture as well as TV producer Daniel Lägersten (30 Degrees in February). more…

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MIPCOM 2014: Scandi Drama On Top Of World Distributors Agendas

With Nordic noir driving the golden age of drama, the 30th MIPCOM 2014 that closed yesterday was one of the most active markets ever for Scandi content providers that were courted by international distributors stepping up their activities in Europe and by US buyers in particular looking for attractive scripted formats. more…

Noel Hedges
DRG Head of Acquisitions: ‘Norway is the next Scandinavian country to break through’

London-based independent distributor DRG – part of MTG Studios - had a full slate of Nordic scripted and non-scripted content at MIPCOM, via NICE Entertainment Group and NRK. We spoke to the company’s SVP and Head of Acquisitions Noel Hedges (pictured) about Nordic Drama and its international appeal. more…

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Two Out Of Three Danes Watch DR’s 1864

Last Sunday between 20.00 and 21.00, two out of three Danes watched the first episode of Ole Bornedal’s anticipated war and love epic 1864 on DR1. “1864 had 1,690,000 viewers and a share of 67 percent! It’s a very amazing start! We are so excited,” said DR’s Head of Drama Piv Bernth to nordiskfilmogtvfond.com. more…

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence
Roy Andersson’s Pigeon Flies From US To France And Japan

Following its Golden Lion award in Venice and Toronto screening in the Masters’ section, Roy Andersson’s film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence has been sold by Coproduction Office to several key world distributors including Magnolia Pictures in the US. more…

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Trailer of the week

NRK’s new prime time TV drama Eyewitness (Øyenvitne) premiered last night on NRK1’s 20.00 slot. The six part series is a crime thriller and relationship drama about a pair of illicitly gay teenagers who witness a terrible crime. The show-runner is Jarl Emsell Larsen. DRG handles world sales. WARNING: VIOLENCE.