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FremantleMedia Takes Majority Stake in Denmark’s MISO Film

FremantleMedia has strengthened its scripted business and Nordic footprint by acquiring a majority stake in Danish scripted indie, MISO Film.

Although financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, FremantleMedia will take a 51% holding with the option to acquire the remaining stake in the future.

Miso Film – founded in 2004 by the producer team of Jonas Allen and Peter Bose – has established itself as a preeminent Scandinavian production company focused on high end prime-time TV series and films for the Scandinavian and larger European markets.

Their crime thriller Those Who Kill has been picked up by A&E Networks for a US remake and they are currently producing the epic war drama TV series and film 1864 (pictured above), which is the largest production ever in Denmark with co-production support from some of the largest Scandinavian broadcasters including Denmarks Radio, TV2 Norge and TV4 Sweden.

On the big screen, Miso Film has produced the feature-length Danish thriller The Candidate; co-produced the Norwegian World War II resistance drama Max Manus – the biggest box-office success ever in Norway with 1.2 million admissions – and the English language feature film Ginger and Rosa. Their latest feature film Danny’s Doomsday is currently in post-production and will be ready for theatrical release in fall 2014.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO FremantleMedia, commented: “This is an important milestone in building our prime time scripted business and strengthening our position in the Scandinavian market. Jonas and Peter’s talent and strong track record in producing high end drama, together with their current slate, makes Miso Film a perfect fit for FremantleMedia and complements our existing high end scripted business in the US, Germany and Australia.”

Miso Film founders Allen and Bose commented: “Partnering with FremantleMedia is an important step forward in Miso Film’s growth strategy. We strongly believe that FremantleMedia will be a key driver in Miso Film’s further expansion in the Scandinavian market and release the full potential of the company’s productions internationally.”

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