European Giants Svensk and Studiocanal Join Forces

The two companies will co-produce features and two high-end TV series

Scandinavian company Svensk has signed an output deal with France's Studiocanal that will see Svensk take all rights in Nordic territories for new Studiocanal films.

The deal includes such high-profile titles as Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; Paul King's Paddington featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi; and animated feature Shaun the Sheep.

The deal also will see the two European giants join forces on English-language co-productions set in the Nordic territories. Svensk will handle distribution on these co-productions for Scandinavia while Studiocanal takes international rights.

Two of the Scandinavian projects in development are the English-language remake of Swedish crime hit Easy Money and the thriller The White Island, the English-language debut of Swedish director Jens Jonsson (The King of Ping Pong).

Svensk and Studiocanal also will co-develop two high-end TV series. They are the thriller The Lawyer, which Easy Money writer Jens Lapidus is developing with The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt and Swedish TV writer Michael Hjorth (The Condemned), and the drama The Ambassador, which Wallander author Henning Mankell is developing.

All feature film and TV series projects are set to go into production in 2015.

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