Viaplay gives green light to three Polish originals – The Hollywood Reporter
Fast-growing European streaming service Viaplay has given the green light to its first original Polish-language series: The Crime Tale Polish girls, the psychological action drama Black Dog, and domestic violence drama Swallow’s Freedom, Viaplay’s parent company, Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), announced on August 3, on the occasion of the launch of Viaplay’s Polish SVOD service.
Polish murderer is an adaptation of Katarzyna Bonda’s bestselling real crime book of the same name, and tells the stories of a diverse group of women with one thing in common: they are all killers. Paprika Studios Poland of the NENT group will produce the series.
Black Dog is a six-part series that follows veterans returning from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, Poland’s largest combat operations since World War II. Former soldiers suffer from unemployment, physical ailments and PTSD as they watch their former commanders enrich themselves through corruption. Created by Artur Kowalewski, producer of HBO Europe’s The border, Black Dog is produced by ATM Grupa.
Swallow’s Freedom draws inspiration from Paula Er’s debut novel of the same name and uses an innovative narrative structure to describe the devastating impact of domestic violence. The series follows Olga, whose seemingly happy marriage hides a darker truth. Each of the six episodes is told from the perspective of a different character whose life merges with Olga’s. Written by Agnieszka Kruk, Swallow’s Freedom is produced by Opus TV.
All three series will be broadcast exclusively on Viaplay Poland, the SVOD service launched today. NENT operates SVOD services in nine European countries and plans to launch a US version of Viaply at the end of 2021.
Based in Scandinavia, Viaplay has grown to become a leading curator of local language originals, supporting series such as the bestselling Norwegian Criminal Procedure. Wisting, German-Swedish co-production Furia, and the next big budget Euro sci-fi epic Swarm.
“Our storytelling has won awards and thrilled audiences around the world, and we are excited to apply our unique skills to the development of Polish Viaplay originals,” said Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Content Manager. “We want to play a positive and long-term role in the Polish creative industry and will work with the best talent, whether they are famous today or will be famous tomorrow. As these first three commands show, our stories will be different, challenging and entertaining. “
In 2019, NENT Group set up a UK-based television joint venture with FilmNation Entertainment and took a minority stake in US studio Picturestart – created by former Summit Entertainment chairman Erik Feig – with the aim of producing two feature-length features. English films per year.