CANNES– Aiming to ramp up its international TV activity and tap into Scandinavia’s booming talent pool, Studiocanal and pay TV giant Canal Plus are teaming with writers Soren Sveistrup (“The Killing”), Adam Price (“Borgen”), and producer Meta Louise Foldager (“A Royal Affair”) to launch SAM Production.
Named after the three key creative forces: Soren, Adam and Meta, SAM aims at partnering up with the strongest Scandinavian creative talents in the TV drama and film industries in order to deliver TV skeins for the international market.
Foldager will serve as partner, CEO and executive producer for the company. Soren Sveistrup and Adam Price, also partners and exec producers, will create and write their own TV series for the shingle.
A European major, Studiocanal handles co-production, acquisition, international sales and distribution in France, the UK, Germany and Australia/New Zealand.
Under chairman and CEO Olivier Courson’s leadership, Studiocanal stepped up its TV activity with the acquisition of Tandem in Germany two years ago, and Red in the U.K. last December. Scandinavia has been on Studiocanal’s radar for some time on the film front. While in Cannes, Studiocanal is shopping such Scandi pics as Swedish B.O. smashit “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window” and has just come on board Tobias Lindholm’s “A War.”
“SAM is meeting Studiocanal’s ambitions to develop TV series and strengthen our relationships with Scandinavian talents. We’ve already been working with Tomas Alfredson, Susanne Bier, and Tobias Lindholm on feature films,” said Olivier Courson, Studiocanal chairman and CEO. “SAM can become a great creative platform with very complementary shareholders, and we have great ambitions for this nice venture.”
Sveistrup said he “hoped SAM will attract a lot of talent and passion – and that we will create the best possible framework for creators in the North. Scandinavia has its own tradition of storytelling. SAM will take up this tradition but also challenge the conventions and create something that constantly challenges the audience and ourselves”.
Price, meanwhile, pointed out “the modern TV-series is going through a golden period and it is great to find that also Nordic TV- series – not least Danish TV-series – enjoy great success in many countries outside Scandinavia. ’The Killing’ and ’Borgen’ have both been a part of this development – and to us, it seems to be a natural next step to create this new screenwriter–based company, founded on the ambition of creating new stories to a large audience both in Denmark and abroad.”
Foldager, whose credits include such high profile feature films as Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” and Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair,” founded her own production company, Meta Film, in 2010.
Commenting on the new banner which she will helm, Foldager said that “in order to facilitate and nurse this very fortunate talent situation, we need to finance, collaborate and distribute internationally. SAM has the ambition, structure and a group of owners that in my view, make a solid platform for doing so.”