With shows such as Forbrydelsen (The Killing), The Bridge and Borgen helping to create a wave of interest in Scandinavian drama series, networks are now on the lookout for the next breakout hit.
This has led distributors to scout Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland for original series and scripted formats that can be sold to the international market.
German sales house ZDF Enterprises can take a large share of responsibility for the spread of Scandi drama with a slate that includes The Bridge, Forbrydelsen, Arne Dahl, Dicte and Sebastian Bergman.
And it has now extended its Nordic interests by picking up Swedish four-part miniseries Death of a Pilgrim (aka En pilgrims död).
Based on author Leif GW Persson’s trilogy The Death of a Welfare State, the story focuses on the head of a national crime unit who reopens the investigation into the 1986 assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister.
The miniseries first aired on Swedish public broadcaster SVT in January this year. It is coproduced by SVT, Denmark’s DR, Norway’s NRK, YLE in Finland and Chimney Pot in association with Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Nordvision Fund.
The series was directed by Kristoffer Nyholm and Kristian Petri, written by Sara Heldt and Johan Widerberg, and produced by Maria Nordenberg.
Source: ZDF Enterprises