Country Focus: Sweden
StudioCanal and Svensk Filmindustri join forces
by Fabien Lemercier
- It already operates under its own brand in France, the UK and Germany in the fields of distribution and production; now, StudioCanal (which is 100% owned by Canal+), a major player in the international sales sector and the holder of a catalogue of over 5,000 titles, is intensifying its European expansion strategy towards the north of the Old Continent. After having founded SAM Productions in Denmark last May (with Meta Louise Foldager, Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price) with a view to producing internationally orientated Scandinavian TV series, and having partnered with Nordisk Films on A War [+see also:
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Welcomed enthusiastically by the managers of the two companies (Olivier Courson and Jonas Fors), the so-called output deal now gives SF all of the distribution rights for new StudioCanal films for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Also falling into Svensk Filmindustri’s lap are the digital distribution rights for StudioCanal’s catalogue of titles. Furthermore, the two new partners will work as co-producers on Nordic English-language films initiated by SF, which will handle their distribution in Scandinavian countries, while StudioCanal will take care of their international sales. In this respect, two feature films are already in development: the English-language remake of Easy Money (Snabba Cash) [+see also:
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Already featuring among the titles in StudioCanal’s line-up that will be distributed by SF in the Scandinavian countries are Paddington by Paul King (starring Ben Wishaw and Nicole Kidman in the leads), animated film Shaun the Sheep, Our Kind of Traitor by Susanna White (based on the novel by John le Carré; starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Damian Lewis), Macbeth by Justin Kurzel (starring David Hayman, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard), Legend [+see also:
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