Studiocanal and Zentropa are set to shoot Oscar and Bafta winner Thomas Vinterberg’s first TV series Families Like Ours in the Czech Republic, Sweden and Denmark.
Vinterberg (Another Round, The Hunt) and Bo Hr. Hansen (Darkness: Those Who Kill) are writing the series, which takes place in summertime Denmark where everything seems normal, but is about to be disrupted when a flood slowly takes over the country. The drama revolves around Laura, a high school student in love for the first time and on the brink of graduating, when news of an evacuation of everyone from the country breaks.
Families Like Ours reunites Vinterberg and Zentropa with Studiocanal who distributed Another Round in the UK. Studiocanal is co-producer and distributor of the 6-part series set to shoot from September 2022.
Zentropa Entertainments and TV 2 Denmark are developing and co-producing the series, alongside Zentropa Sweden, Film I Väst, Sirena Films, NRK and TV4 / C More, with support from the Danish Film Institute’s Public Service Fund and The Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union. Canal+ has commissioned in France as a Canal+ Creation Originale.
Vinterberg comments: “I have worked with Studiocanal in the past and greatly enjoyed the process. They are a great collaborator and I look forward to proceeding on this journey together with Studiocanal and Canal+ as our esteemed partners.”
Studiocanal is actively producing a slate of international TV series in-house, as well as through its network of subsidiary production companies.
Studiocanal’s EVP global production Ron Halpern and executive managing director TV Francoise Guyonnet said: “We are thrilled to partner with Thomas Vinterberg on his first series. Families Like Ours deals with some incredibly important themes in contemporary life and - as always with his work - this will be executed with such empathy for each and every character. To be reunited with Thomas, Kasper and Sisse for this TV 2 Denmark and Canal+ Creation Originale bringing Families Like Ours to audiences worldwide not only underlines our ambition in the TV space for Studiocanal but is a genuine pleasure."
Producers Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Kasper Dissing added: “We are delighted to be teaming forces with STUDIOCANAL and CANAL+ on FAMILIES LIKE OURS - the first TV-series by Thomas Vinterberg. We have had the opportunity to work together previously and are very excited to expand our collaboration. It is wonderful to have partners who, like us, value artistic integrity and strive to nurture it.”
Studiocanal’s evp global sales and distribution Anne Cherel will oversee worldwide sales; all rights available excluding France, Benelux and Scandinavia which will be handled by TrustNordisk.
Studiocanal produces its series either directly (such as Paddington which won two Emmy Awards) or through its network of European production companies, including Tandem Productions (Shadowplay) and Lailaps Film (Wild Republic) in Germany, the UK’s Red Production Company (Stay Close, It’s a Sin, Years and Years) and Urban Myth Films (War of the Worlds, Extinction), Spain’s Bambu Producciones (Two Lives, Jaguar, Cable Girls) and France’s StudioCanal Original (Nine Women, Narvalo, Mouche).
Studiocanal is also an associate of Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch TV (Patrick Melrose) and Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (The Chestnut Man, Ride Upon The Storm).