ITV Studios has taken a minority stake in Danish scripted production company Apple Tree Productions, which was recently announced by Piv Bernth and Lars Hermann, the award-winning producers of international hits including The Killing and The Bridge.
Formerly Head of Drama and Deputy Head of Drama at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), Bernth and Hermann have set-up Apple Tree Productions to create high-end Danish and Nordic drama.
As part of the agreement ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) will have exclusive international distribution rights to all of Apple Tree Productions’ series. The deal follows ITV Studios acquisitions of scripted production companies Tetra Media Studios in France and Italian indie Cattleya earlier this year.
Maria Kyriacou, President, ITV Studios, International said: “Since the phenomenal success of The Killing the global appetite for the Nordics’ very distinctive style of storytelling has grown and grown. Right at the heart of this boom have been Piv and Lars, we are delighted that they will now be part of ITV Studios’ growing international network of drama producers.”
Ruth Berry, Managing Director, ITVS GE added: “Piv and Lars’ ambition for Apple Tree is to work with the very best creative talent in the Nordics to bring their unique ideas to screen. This creative led approach to Apple Tree mirrors ITVS’ philosophy, so this is the ideal partnership as we continue to diversify ITVS GE’s portfolio of content from around the world.”
Bernth and Hermann added: “We are all extremely excited about the partnership between ITV Studios and Apple Tree Productions and for the potential for collaboration with creative talent within ITV’s family of international scripted production companies.”
“ITV and Apple Tree Productions share the same ambition to make Danish and Nordic drama series of the highest quality. Our goal is to continuously create outstanding drama series together with the most talented Nordic writers, directors and producers.”
Bernth and Hermann will be joined at Apple Tree Productions by former DR Drama producers Anders Toft Andersen, Karoline Leth and Dorthe Riis Lauridsen.