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Svensk buys Sonet Film

Possne to remain as CEO

Scandinavian film giant Svensk has bought Swedish producer-distrib Sonet Film from the Modern Times Group for an undisclosed sum.

Sonet CEO Peter Possne, who was due to step down Jan. 1, will stay on. Possne, who has worked at Sonet since 1984, says the company will make a fresh start. It will no longer distribute pics and will instead focus on local film production.

“Even though it is called Sonet Film, it will be a totally new production company,” Possne said. “I want to produce Swedish features that will both be attractive to the audience in Sweden and to a foreign audience.

“Sonet will be owned by Svensk, but I will be given total freedom within the budgets that I work with. My ambition is to build something that resembles Working Title, for instance.

“When it comes to distribution, I will, of course, keep my contacts with, for instance, Memfis Film. But it will be Svensk that distributes those films from now on.”

Possne will produce two or three Swedish features a year, starting with the sequel to Kjell Sundvall’s hit movie “The Hunters,” which he hopes Sundvall will start shooting at the end of next year.

He also will work with helmer Kay Pollak on first feature since 2004’s “As It Is in Heaven,” and wants to produce a pic based on “When Workers Are Being Shot,” a local bestseller by Kerstin Thorvall.

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