Munich, May 08, 2012. A New York gangster in Norway. Really? Yes DBS Satellite Services in Israel picked up the mobster series “Lilyhammer” starring Steven Van Zandt. The fish-out-of-water-story will air Tuesdays at 9:15pm starting May 8th on yesOh. “Lilyhammer” tells the story of Frank ‘The Fixer’ who needs a hideout after ratting out his boss. And Lillyhammer in Norway seems to be the perfect match.
“We are delighted to be working with SevenOne International and we are looking forward to our continued future relationship” says Yona Wiesenthal, Senior VP of Content at Yes.
Yan He Regional Sales Director Middle East at SevenOne International: “Frank ‘The Fixer’ found his way to Israel! Following historical ratings in Norway and sales to Netflix and the BBC, I am sure this season’s must have drama series has found a perfect new home at Israel’s yesOh.”
Known for his iconic performance as Silvio Dante, the consigliere to Tony Soprano in the award-winning series “The Sopranos,” and his work as guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Van Zandt created “Lilyhammer” with some of Norway’s top actors, writers and directors.
After Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano testifies against his Mafia boss in New York, he enters the Witness Protection Program and makes an unusual demand: he wants to be set up with a new life in the Norwegian small town Lillehammer – or as he calls it “Lilyhammer”. Thrust into a town that never met crime, Frank is confronted with a colorful cast of characters totally unlike the New York variety.
In January “Lilyhammer“ launched on Norway’s public broadcaster NRK1, scoring record shares. Viewers in the U.S., UK, Canada and Latin America are able to watch the dramedy on Netflix who will also co-produce the second season. “Lilyhammer” will also air on BBC4 in the UK and is sold to Groupe AB in France.
“Lilyhammer“ is produced by Norwegian production company Rubicon.