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Walter Presents’ growing network snaps up multiple foreign-language dramas from NENT Studios UK
NENT Studios UK announces that a number of its leading foreign-language drama series have been recently acquired by Walter Presents, finding homes on the platform in the US, UK, Belgium, and Italy, as well as the recently launched Walter Presents service in New Zealand.
‘The Inner Circle’ (8 x 60) has been acquired by Walter Presents in the US, UK and Belgium. A Viaplay Original produced by Fundament Film, ‘The Inner Circle’ is a gripping Swedish political thriller adapted from a novel by Per Schlingmann. It follows Minister for Enterprise David Ehrling in his quest to become Prime Minister and cleverly exposes the scheming, dirty tricks and power plays that can take place just beneath the surface in the upper echelons of politics.
Also heading to the US and UK is ‘Monster’ (7 x 60). Produced by NRK, this is a taut, dark and stylish thriller about the hunt for a serial killer in a remote and isolated part of Norway.
Walter Presents in both the US and Belgium have acquired ‘Rekyl’ (‘Recoil’, 8 x 60), a crime drama about a young man intent on making a fresh start after leaving prison, but who finds himself quickly sucked back into his old life. ‘Rekyl’ is a Shuuto production for TV3 Norway.
Polish political thriller ‘Pakt’ sees each of its two 6 x 60’ series acquired for Walter Presents in the UK, Italy and New Zealand. Series one and two of ‘Pakt’ launched on Walter Presents Belgium in 2019. Based on the hit Norwegian series ‘Mammon’ and produced as a NENT Studios UK scripted format by HBO Europe, ‘Pakt’ is a pacey, contemporary thriller set in a world where the lines between politics, media, and business are increasingly blurred. At its centre, trying to separate truth from lies, is a celebrated investigative journalist who uncovers a conspiracy that reaches into the highest political ranks and implicates his brother.
Finally, Walter Presents Italy has acquired ‘The River’, an eight-hour murder mystery series set on Norway’s border with Russia. It was produced by Arctic Wonder for Norway’s TV3 and previously aired on Walter Presents in the UK, US and Belgium.
Elin Thomas, NENT Studios UK’s EVP of sales comments: “Scandinavia continues to provide a rich seam of powerful stories and brilliantly-crafted dramas with broad international appeal, and we are delighted to represent so many strong titles from the region, both as original dramas and scripted format versions, in our catalogue.
“Walter Presents has an enviable reputation for curating standout international scripted titles, so we pleased it has selected so many of our recent non-English language series, such as Viaplay’s ‘The Inner Circle’, for its major territories. ‘Mammon’ was a major hit in Norway, so it is good to now see ‘Pakt’ achieving such recognition in its own right.”
Walter Iuzzolino, founder and curator of Walter Presents adds: “Through its relationship with some of Europe’s leading producers, NENT Studios UK continues to be a reliable provider of high-end, ratings-winning international drama. From gripping political thrillers such as ‘The Inner Circle’ and ‘Pakt’ to chilling Nordic Noir such as ‘Monster’ and ‘The River’, we are pleased to present its latest titles to the growing audience of Walter Presents viewers around the world.”
About Nordic Entertainment Group:
Nordic Entertainment Group AB (publ) (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 content that is experienced around the world. We make life more entertaining by telling stories, touching lives and expanding worlds – from live sports, movies and series to music and original shows. Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘NENT A’ and ‘NENT B’).
Our studio business, NENT Studios, is behind acclaimed works in multiple genres ranging from factual, documentary and reality to game shows, lifestyle and drama. A total of 32 different companies in 17 countries make up the studios division. The local presence means that we work with some of the most talented and creative people in each of our markets. This content is then available on our own channels and platforms, and also sold to other entertainment providers in over 240 territories worldwide.