Berlin: FLX Signs Exclusive Output Deal With Svensk (EXCLUSIVE)

Sweden-based super-indie FLX, the company behind Nordic B.O. hit “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared,” has signed an exclusive output deal with AB Svensk Filmindustri, one of Scandinavia’s biggest distributors.

The pact covers the distribution of FLX’s upcoming features in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Kicking off this year, the deal doesn’t, however, include the sequel to “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window,” which Disney Nordic will distribute.

FLX, which is headed by Felix Herngren, Pontus Edgren, Niclas Carlsson, is a subsidiary of  Bonnier Growth Media and boasts a strong track record with features such as the $7 million “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared,” which was handled by Studiocanal and racked up over $51 million worldwide; and TV series such as “Solsidan” and “Torpederna,” which Anonymous Content and Paramount TV are remaking for the U.S. with the title “Legbreakers.” Herngren and Edgren serve as exec producers.

Edgren told Variety that FLX will make major investments in the next few years to expand its slate of films and internationalize the company. “Our portfolio consists of strong original ideas and IP with local and international potential. We looked for a strong partner from the start and we have this with SF,” noted Edgren.

The deal with FLX underscores Svensk Filmindustri’s ambition to feed its pipeline with upscale European productions. The shingle signed an output deal with Studiocanal in September 2014.

AB Svensk Filmindustri’s exec VP of acquistion and co-production Jenny Stjernstromer Bjork said the company was aiming to forge close ties with select Nordic production companies and get involved in projects from the development stage.

“FLX is one of the most successful production companies in the Nordics with a strong team of key talent and creators. We have a firm belief in the company and its ability to deliver box office success,” said Stjernströmer Bjork.

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