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Beta Nordic Studios launches with Fisher King joint venture

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Oct 14 2019

Cannes, 14 October 2019. Beta Film takes a majority stake in Finnish film and TV production company Fisher King and simultaneously launches Swedish-based Beta Nordic Studios (BNS). The group will serve as an umbrella for Beta’s production activities in Scandinavia, consisting of Finnish production company Fisher King (Nymphs; Bordertown) andDramacorp, the joint venture set up in 2016 by veteran Swedish-French drama executive Patrick Nebout and Jan Mojto’s production and distribution outlet. Beta Film’s EVP Justus Riesenkampff and the newly appointed CEO Martin Håkansson, a former executive at Lagadère Sports and Nice Entertainment Group, are serving as directors of BNS.

BNS will focus on local scripted projects with an international appeal, which can be leveraged via Beta Film’s international distribution network. “Fisher King is a great fit because the co-founders and creators Matti Halonen and Miikko Oikkonen stand for some of the finest international drama series coming from Scandinavia,” says Riesenkampff, adding: “We are happy to have found such an experienced and ambitious executive like Martin Håkansson to support our production activities in the Nordics.”

Håkansson says: “Despite a period of intense consolidation, there are still opportunities in the Nordic market. Fisher King is a fine example; it has succeeded in creating ratings-busting drama for the domestic market, while developing and delivering ideas strong enough to take on the world. Crucially, however, this is not an M&A strip-and-sell mission — in fact, it is the very opposite. Our mission is to combine the Nordic genius for production with Beta Film’s production experience and distribution power to create a joint venture that will deliver great, BNS-branded entertainment for years to come.”

Fisher King’s Founder and Managing Partner Matti Halonen adds: “As a forward-looking company, Beta Film understands the commercial and creative benefits of bringing together production companies that share the same values and vision — companies, in other words, like Dramacorp and Fisher King, which are both driven by the good old storytelling tradition. This new chapter in Fisher King’s own story will allow us to take that ambition higher, further and to more audiences around the world.”

Fisher King was founded in 2013 in Helsinki, Finland by executive producer Matti Halonen and chief visual officer Miikko Oikkonen. Over the past six years, it has succeeded in raising both the quality and reputation of Finnish drama by securing international finance for local scripted series. Several of these projects have gone on to achieve global success, notably fantasy drama Nymphs (12 x 45 mins) and Nordic noir series Bordertown (11 x 58 mins). Inspired by Greek mythology, Nymphs has sold to a vast number of territories just like Bordertown, which is currently in its 3rd season.

For further information:
Beta Film Press, Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 170 63 84 627; dorothee.stoewahse@betafilm.com; www.betafilm.com

Cheryl Clarke at Mushroom Media
Tel: +44 (0)7939554109, E: cheryl@mushroom-media.co.uk