The Danish company founded by the makers of Scandinavian hits ‘The Killing’ and ‘The Bridge’ will now be more firmly integrated into ITV. ITV Studios has increased its Nordic credibility by taking majority control of Danish production company Apple Tree Productions, whose shows include the Netflix supernatural thriller Equinox.
ITV has increased its stake in Apple Tree from 25 percent to 51 percent, the company announced on Monday, a move that was part of a broader strategy to strengthen its global scripted production base. Piv Bernath (The Killing, The Bridge) and Lars Herman (Follow The Money), two of Scandinavia’s most successful TV producers, saw Apple Tree as a Tree Shingle in 2017 developing and producing high-end Nordic dramas for the local market Set up to do. Global streamer.
In addition to Equinox on Netflix, Apple Tree is currently in pre-production on a six-part TV adaptation of Kerstin Ekman’s multi-award-winning crime novel, Blackwater, which will be produced in Sweden as a co-production with Public SVT. And ARD in Germany. ITV has already sold to Blackwater throughout Scandinavia.
Bertha and Herman will continue to run Apple Tree, but the group will now function as a label within ITV Studios’ international production base under the aegis of Managing Director Lisa Perrin.
ITV has production centers in 12 countries with local production subsidiaries such as Cattle of Italy (Gomora, Subura), and French-based Tetra Media Studios (Balthazar, Paris Police 1900).
“We are excited to be a close part of the ITV Studio family,” Bernath and Harman said in a statement. “Working with him for the last three years has been extremely inspiring and rewarding. We hope that now together, we can combine all our best efforts and create Scandinavian and international dramas for audiences around the world.”
Perrin said the deal “couldn’t have happened at a better time with Piv and Lars producing some of the best screenplay material in the world right now. I’m looking forward to working with them.”