- MTG Studios commissions season two of successful original series
- Agreement with Hollywood studio Lionsgate includes global distribution rights for season two
‘Swedish Dicks’ is a comedy series following two unlicensed private detectives as they solve bizarre cases in Los Angeles. The show stars Peter Stormare (‘American Gods’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Fargo’) and leading Swedish stand-up comedian Johan Glans. The first season, which premiered on MTG’s video streaming service Viaplay in the Nordic region on 2 September, set a viewing record for a Viaplay premiere and is today the most popular series on the service.
MTG recently announced a global distribution agreement for the show with leading Hollywood studio Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a global content leader with nearly 80 television shows on 40 networks. The series is the first Nordic title to be distributed worldwide by Lionsgate, and is expected to premiere in the U.S. early next year. Lionsgate also holds global distribution rights for the second season.
Jakob Mejlhede, MTG EVP and Head of Programming and Content Development: “Our original content is going global, and this is just the start. This new season is the latest addition to our fast growing portfolio of original content. The success of ‘Swedish Dicks’ underlines the value of unique programming for our viewers, and further demonstrates our ambition to become the Nordic region’s leading producer of original content.”
Chris Selak, Lionsgate Television Group Executive Vice President: “We’re very excited to bring to MIPCOM a series that combines an internationally recognized cast, superb writing and outstanding ratings in its first season on Viaplay. Great content knows no boundaries, and we are already receiving inquiries from buyers all over the world.”
Peter Stormare, actor: “I’m not only one of the Swedish Dicks – I’m a big fan who can’t wait for each new episode. This might be the first time in my career I can watch myself without throwing up. It’s all thanks to a great creative team, including Viaplay, and a fantastic cast. We’ve created a monster, and I can tell you all right now that season two will blow you away.”
MTG Studios has recently announced the production of Nordic noir drama ‘Hassel’ starring Ola Rapace; its first original film, ‘SuperSwede’, about the life of Swedish Formula 1 driver Ronnie Peterson; and its first kids’ series, ‘The Big Experiment’, which will premiere on Viaplay in the Nordics on 1 December.
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