Cannes: Sonet Film Launches TV Production Company

The Hypnotist - H 2012

The company behind Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hypnotist" will produce TV series together with such Scandi crime authors as Henning Mankell and Lars Kepler.

Swedish production company Sonet Film has launched a new division, Sonet Television, to produce TV drama series based on work from best-selling Scandinavian crime writers.

Sonet Film CEO Peter Possne will run the new company together with producer Rickard Petrelius.

Sonet said it had several series projects already in development with best-selling writers including Hakan Nesser, Kerstin Ekman, Henning Mankell, Lars Kepler, Anne Holt and Leif G. W. Persson.

Principal shooting of the first series is set to begin next year.

“After 30 years as a director and producer in the business it is a privilege and an exciting challenge to be part of this venture where the focus is to produce new Swedish TV drama at the highest international level," said producer Petrelius in a statement.

"The new TV production unit will give Sonet Film an even stronger market position in the fast changing global media market," added Possne.

Sonet Film's feature credits include The Hypnotist, Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of the best-selling crime novel by Lars Kepler.

The Sonet TV production team will also include Sandra Harms, producer of such films as Bekas (2012) and Prinsessa (2009) and Ingrid Dahlberg, former head of drama at Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

Sonet Film is a stand-alone production subsidiary of Swedish film giant Svensk Filmindustri.