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  1. Banijay Rights Secures Nordic Scripted Deal With NENT Group’s Viaplay in US

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    Banijay Rights today announces it has signed a comprehensive package deal for more than a dozen of its premium scripted titles with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), ahead of the launch of its Viaplay streaming service in the US in late 2021.

    The agreement will give Viaplay subscribers in the US access to more than 250 hours of Banijay Rights’ critically acclaimed Nordic drama titles, including Norwegian culture-clash comedy Countrymen, which won the High School Best Series Prize and Special Interpretation Award for Cast at Canneseries last month.

    The extensive scripted deal was brokered by Matt Creasey for Banijay Rights.

    Matt Creasey, EVP Sales, Acquisitions and Coproductions – World (excluding EMEA), Banijay Rights, said: “Our catalogue contains a stunning range of premium stand-out Nordic titles including Norwegian sensation Countrymen and Swedish drama A Class Apart, and we are thrilled to be working with NENT Group to ensure this package deal will become a cornerstone of Viaplay’s launch in the US.”

    Countrymen (8 x 60’) sees four men with dubious plans move to a farm in the rural Norwegian countryside where, more or less against their will, they end up as the founders of Norway’s first halal cheesemaking business. Countrymen is a production from Banijay Norwegian label Rubicon for public broadcaster NRK in coproduction with Arte France.

    The deal also includes A Class Apart (8 x 60’), a drama series from Banijay Swedish label Jarowskij. The series is set at Sweden’s top ranked boarding high school which is home to a secret society for the most affluent students, the Zebra Club. On the night of the new semester, the selected few indulge in the hazing of two new members. The following morning, one of them is found dead.

    Both A Class Apart and Countrymen will be premieres in the North American market.

     Among the other titles from the Banijay Rights catalogue included in the agreement with NENT Group are two seasons of Jarowskij thriller Black Lake (16 x 60’) and Dystopia (8 x 60’); seasons one to five of crime drama Gåsmamman (42 x 60’), from Banijay Nordics; the first two seasons of Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans (20 x 60’), from Matador Film and SVT; seasons one to six of Jarowskij TV4 series Solsidan (60 x 30’); The Councilman (10 x 30’) from Rubicon; and seasons one to nine of The Sandhamn Murders (15 x 60’ and 4 x 120’), produced by Filmlance International in coproduction  with TV4, C More, ZDF, ZDF Enterprises with Endemol Shine International, TV2 Norge, DR and YLE.

    In the US, Viaplay will also show the first two seasons of Swedish crime sensation Wallander (26 x 90’) from Banijay label Yellow Bird; and seasons one and two of Wallander UK (6 x 90’), which Yellow Bird coproduced along with Left Bank Pictures, TKBC with Masterpiece, TV4, Film i Skåne and the Copenhagen Film Fund. High-end crime drama Wisting (10 x 60’), from Cinenord and Good Company Films in coproduction with Viaplay, Degeto Film, TV3 Norway and Ripple World Pictures, also forms part of the NENT Group deal, as well as the first two seasons of The Third Eye (20 x 60’), from Banijay Nordics, and Yellow Bird’s The Truth Will Out (8 x 60’).

  2. Jarowskij Reveals A Class Apart for Viaplay

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    Swedish label Jarowskij, a Banijay Nordic company, today announces a new eight-part series for Viaplay, starring Aliette Opheim (Caliphate, Katla) and Valter Skarsgård (Lords of Chaos, Katla).

     

    Based on an idea by Henrik Schyffert and Gustaf Skördeman, A Class Apart explores the world of privilege and power. Written by Michaela Hamilton (Eagles) and Erik Eger, in co-operation with Gustaf Skördeman, Anna Platt and Fredrik Agetoft, and directed by Andrea Östlund (The Restaurant) Erik Eger and David Berron. The series is a co-production between Jarowskij, Brommamamma, Viaplay, Film I Väst and Banijay Rights.

     

    At Sweden’s top ranked boarding high school there is a secret society for the most affluent students, the Zebra Club. On the night of the new semester, the selected few indulge in the hazing of two new members. The following morning, one of them is found dead.

     

    When one of the troubled students at a disadvantaged public school nearby is falsely accused of the murder, the school’s passionate counsellor reacts on social media, critising the boarding school and stirring up emotions with the community, an action that sets unexpected events in motion.

     

    A Class Apart is distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.

     

    Iréne Lindblad, Chief Executive Officer at Jarowskij says; “This original new series opens the door to the enigmatic world of the super-rich, where things are not always what they seem. Michaela Hamilton and Andrea Östlund have created a compelling world for viewers to indulge in, and witness the dramatic consequences which can occur when boundaries are pushed to the limit.”

     

    Jarowskij is behind numerous scripted and non-scripted hits including Black Lake, The Restaurant, We Got This, Welcome to Sweden, Wild Kids, Fort Boyard Sweden, SAS Sweden and many many more.

     

    Headed up by CEO Jacob Houlind, Banijay Nordic spans Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, as well as the UK and US, following the expansion of Yellow Bird. There are 18 production companies within the Banijay Nordic footprint, bringing together a world-class offering in scripted and non-scripted programming.