As part of this alliance, Studiocanal signed an output deal with Svensk giving the Scandi shingle all distribution rights to Studiocanal films – such as “Paddington,” “Macbeth” (pictured above) “Legend” and “Bigger Splash” – on the Nordic market (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland), as well as digital rights to Studiocanal catalogue titles.
The pact is yet another move by Studiocanal reflecting the Paris-based company’s goal to tap into Scandinavia’s talent pool and penetrate the Nordic market in greater depths.
Meanwhile, gaining access to Studiocanal’s high-profile pics will give Svensk a significant and much-needed edge to compete with local distributors, in particular TrustNordisk which still dominates the Scandi market.
Deal also allows the two players to join forces on the production of English-language Nordic feature films and TV-series pulled from SF’s properties and aimed at the international market.
These co-productions will be handled by SF across the Nordic markets, while Studiocanal will distribute them internationally.
“I am really happy to be partnering with Svensk both in distribution and production as I believe this is the best way for us to strengthen our strategy of working with the best talents in the Nordics, and further enhance what we achieved through our partnerships, either in TV with Soren Sveistrup, Adam Price, Meta Louise Foldager in Denmark or in feature film with Tomas Alfredson, Susanne Bier, and Tobias Lindholm on feature films,” said Olivier Courson, Studiocanal’s chairman and CEO.
The two outfits are already developping two feature film projects: “Easy Money” (“Snabba Cash”), the English language remake of the Swedish 2010 B.O. hit, and the Ibiza-set thriller “The White Island,” with Jens Jonsson on board to direct.
SF and Studiocanal are also teaming on two upscale TV skeins: The thriller “The Lawyer,” based on a story penned by Hans Rosenfeldt (“The Bridge”) and Michael Hjorth (“The Condemned”) in collaboration with “Easy Money” author Jens Lapidus.
And “The Ambassador,” a drama series written by Henning Mankell.
The feature film and TV series are expected to go into production in 2015.
“We have been looking for a strong international strategic production/distribution partner for some time and Studiocanal, with its international repute – strong line-up of films, powerful distribution arm and a very ambitious and exciting production strategy – is a perfect match for us,” said Jonas Fors, Svensk Filmindustri CEO.
Added Romain Bessi, Studiocanal COO, “Svensk is a major player in the Nordic region, and a longtime partner, so we are thrilled to be working more closely with them. This is also exciting to be signing an output deal between two major European companies, confirming the strong international profile of our movies.”