Fremantle Takes Stake in Dutch Firm

In a move to increase its scripted business and its Nordic footprint, FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in the Danish scripted production company Miso Film.

Under the deal, the financial terms of which are not disclosed, FremantleMedia will have a 51 percent holding with the opportunity to acquire the remaining shareholding in the future.

Founded in 2004, Miso Film focuses on high-end primetime TV series and films for the Scandinavian and larger European markets.

“This is an important milestone in building our prime timescripted business and strengthening our position in the Scandinavian market,” says Cecile Frot-Coutaz, chief executive officer, FremantleMedia. “[Founders] Jonas Allen and Peter Bose’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 U.S., Germany and Australia.”

Miso Film recently launching “Dicte” in Denmark, Sweden and Norway and already has a second season in production. The crime thriller “Those Who Kill” has been picked up by A&E Networks for a U.S. remake and the company is currently producing the epic war drama TV series and film “1864,” which is the largest production ever in Denmark.

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.