NENT Group’s next original series is international drama ‘Commando’
- Series created and directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (‘Quicksand’; ‘Nobel’)
- ‘Commando’ to premiere in the Nordic region exclusively on Viaplay
- NENT Group set to premiere a minimum of 20 original productions every year
Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is partnering with award-winning director Per-Olav Sørensen to create the international drama series ‘Commando’, based on actual events and set in Norway, Libya and the UK. The series will premiere across the Nordic region exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service.
Between 15 February and 22 July 2011, Norwegian F-16 fighter jets dropped nearly 600 bombs over Libya. The contrasting stories of four women – an F-16 pilot, a journalist, a possible terrorist and a prime minister – explore the reasons why and what happened next.
The eight-episode series is created and directed by acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker Per-Olav Sørensen, whose most recent project ‘Quicksand’ is included in the Berlinale Series selection at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Sørensen’s 2016 drama series ‘Nobel’ – produced by NENT Group’s Monster Scripted – was awarded the Prix Europa for Best European TV Movie or Mini-Series of the Year and was nominated for Best Drama TV Series at the Golden Nymph Awards.
‘Commando’ (Swedish and Norwegian title: ‘Kommando’) is being produced by Trond Håndlykken Kvernstrøm for The Oslo Company and Anders Tangen for Viafilm. The series is written by Jenny Lund Madsen (‘Follow the Money’) and Christian Spurrier (‘Spooks’).
Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, NENT Group EVP and Head of Content: “Per-Olav Sørensen is a hugely talented storyteller behind some of Europe’s most critically praised recent series. The immediacy, urgency and powerful visual language of ‘Commando’, including extensive first-person footage from inside an F-16 jet, showcases his abilities to the full. This is a thought-provoking drama that confirms NENT Group’s status as home to the best Nordic talents.”
Per-Olav Sørensen: “Telling this story from four very different perspectives is an approach that I hope will be both interesting and disturbing. The series aims to entertain, but also to provoke and enlighten. For me as a creator, it's great to see NENT Group supporting the strong, big and ambitious drama that Norway – and the whole Nordic region – has to offer.”
About NENT Group’s original productions
NENT Group is set to premiere a minimum of 20 originals every year. ‘Hidden’; ‘The Truth Will Out’; ‘Four Hands Menu’; ‘Pros and Cons’; ‘Conspiracy of Silence’; ‘Couple Trouble’; ‘Rig 45’; ‘The Lawyer’; ‘Stella Blómkvist’; season one 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 ‘Face to Face’; ‘Casper Conquers Norway’; ‘Honour’; ‘Love Me’; season two of ‘ALEX’; ‘Saga’s Stories’; ‘The Inner Circle’; ‘Cold Courage’; ‘Darkness – Those Who Kill’; ‘Wisting’; and ‘Straight Forward’.
As well as breaking Nordic viewing records, close to half of NENT Group’s originals have been picked up internationally. Amongst others, ‘ALEX’ has been sold to broadcast and streaming partners in Europe, Asia and the US; ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ has premiered on Hulu; ‘Swedish Dicks’ 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 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.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. We entertain millions of people every day with our streaming services, TV channels and radio stations, and our production companies create exciting content for media companies around the world. We make life more entertaining by enabling the best and broadest experiences – from live sports, movies and series to music and original shows. Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is part of Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ), a leading international digital entertainment group listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’). NENT Group is proposed to be listed separately on Nasdaq Stockholm in March 2019.
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