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Sony buys into Jordskott team’s Swedish prodco

Scripted-logo-460_2JordskottSony has bought into Palladium Fiction, the Swedish firm behind mystery drama hit Jordskott.

Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake for an undisclosed amount, and will sell Palladium’s content internationally with the prodco focused on high-end drama for the international market.

Its current projects include season two of Jordskott, which goes out on SVT in Sweden. The series has fared well internationally with ITV Studios shopping it to ITV in the UK and RUV in Iceland among others.

The Stockholm-based producer is run by Henrik Björn, Filip Hammarström and Johan Rudolphie. Series in development include one with The Returned and The Last Panthers producer Jimmy Desmaris.

Andrea_Wong_1Andrea Wong, president, international production, SPT, said: “Collectively, Henrik, Filip and Johan have a distinctive voice that is edgy, thought-provoking and entertaining. Their talents are evident in their ambitious development slate and we look forward to helping them build on their success.”

Hammarström said: “Sony is outstanding creatively and makes a fantastic business partner with a strong international production and distribution network that will help us maximise opportunities as we expand our global reach.”

Henrik Björn added: “This is a really exciting time for original quality drama. We are driven by our love of storytelling and we hand pick projects close to our heart. This collaboration with Sony gives us the tools to create compelling stories for viewers worldwide.”

Sony has stakes in several international prodcos including Left Bank Pictures and Electric Ray in the UK, Toro in Spain, Stellify in Northern Ireland, and Starling in France.

In June it bought into Blueprint Pictures’ new TV prodco, which is being run by former Eastenders showrunner Dominic Treadwell-Collins and currently making big-ticket Christmas special The Last Dragonslayer for Sky.

In the UK, SPT-backed formats prodcos Victory and Gogglebox have both been wound down this year.