NENT Group orders ‘Food & Fire’ as next original documentary series

  • Six-part documentary created by star Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt
  • ‘Food & Fire’ to premiere exclusively on Viaplay in autumn 2019
  • NENT Group to premiere at least 20 original productions every year

The next original series from Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading streaming company, will be food documentary ‘Food & Fire’. The six-part series is a follow-up to NENT Group’s critically acclaimed ‘Four Hands Menu’ and will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service across the Nordic region in autumn 2019.

Fire, food and storytelling – in the documentary series ‘Food & Fire’, renowned Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt takes viewers back to three of humanity’s most basic needs. A specialist in ‘analogue cooking’ – a highly skilled approach to cuisine that relies on coals instead of cookers – Ekstedt travels to the Basque Country, Texas, Istanbul, Finland, Naples and Peru to explore how fiery ancient techniques can light up the future of food.

‘Food & Fire’ is co-created by Niklas Ekstedt and Zodiak Factory and produced by Mastiff (NENT Group’s ‘Four Hands Menu’). The English-language show is NENT Group’s seventh original documentary series.

NENT Group’s documentary slate also includes two seasons of ‘American Runestone’ with Swedish Hollywood superstar Peter Stormare (‘The Blacklist’; ‘Prison Break’). Original NENT Group documentaries that have already premiered include ‘Manson’s Bloodline’; ‘Swedish Sin; ‘Couple Thinkers’; and ‘Superswede’.

Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, Viaplay Chief Content Officer: “Niklas Ekstedt and NENT Group’s hugely popular ‘Four Hands Menu’ have given Viaplay viewers an appetite for more world-class documentaries. From Texas barbecue pits to Peruvian chefs inspired by the Incas, Ekstedt incinerates the rules of cooking in this new series. ‘Food & Fire’ is a fantastic showcase both of our rapidly expanding slate of non-scripted originals and the skills of a true culinary visionary.”

About NENT Group’s original productions

NENT Group has now launched 49 original productions and is set to premiere a minimum of 20 every year. ‘Manson’s Bloodline’; ‘Swedish Sin’; ‘Straight Forward’; ‘Saga’s Stories’; ‘Wisting’; ‘The Inner Circle’; ‘Darkness – Those Who Kill’; ‘Hidden’; ‘The Truth Will Out’; ‘Four Hands Menu’; ‘Pros and Cons’; ‘Conspiracy of Silence’; ‘Couple Trouble’; season one of ‘Rig 45’; ‘The Lawyer’; ‘Stella Blómkvist’; seasons one and two of ‘ALEX’; ‘Couple Thinkers’; ‘Occupied’; ‘Hassel’; ‘Peppy Pals’; ‘Superswede’; ‘Veni Vidi Vici’; seasons one and two of ‘Swedish Dicks’; seasons one and two of ‘The Great Escape’; and seasons one and two of ‘Black Lake’ have already premiered.

Recently announced originals include ‘First Responders’; ‘Seizure’; ‘Partisan’; ‘American Runestone’; ‘Home Invasion’; ‘The Professionals’; ‘Fixi in Playland’; ‘Shadowplay’; ‘Box 21’; season two of ‘Rig 45’; ‘The Ambassador’; ‘Margeaux’; ‘Cryptid’; ‘Commando’; ‘Face to Face’; ‘Honour’; ‘Love Me’; and ‘Cold Courage’.

As well as breaking Nordic viewing records, NENT Group’s originals are increasingly reaching audiences around the world. Amongst others, ‘ALEX’ has been sold to broadcast and streaming partners in Europe, Asia and the US; ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ has premiered on Hulu and is set for a US remake in partnership with Lionsgate; ‘Swedish Dicks’ has featured on Pop TV in the US; ‘Black Lake’ has been shown on BBC Four and AMC Networks-backed Shudder; and the upcoming series ‘Honour’ has been sold to RTL in Germany and to Belgium’s VRT.

In January 2019, NENT Group announced a UK-based joint venture with award-winning independent studio FilmNation Entertainment to develop, produce and finance premium scripted television content for global audiences.

In May 2019, NENT Group invested in a minority stake in the new US production company Picturestart together with a range of high-profile industry partners. Based in Los Angeles and founded by renowned producer Erik Feig, Picturestart will create, co-finance and produce premium scripted content for young adult viewers around the world.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

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