Take one for Red Arrow International’s new Scandi-crime series “100 Code”, which kicks off production today. Created by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco (“Crash”, “Million Dollar Baby”), the series features Hollywood star Dominic Monaghan (“Lost”) as NYPD detective Conley who travels to Sweden to investigate a string of shocking murders. In Stockholm, he is paired with Swedish cop Eklund, played by Michael Nyqvist (“The Millennium Series”). Moresco will also direct several episodes.
“100 Code” has been developed by Red Arrow Entertainment’s LA-based scripted arm, Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) and is produced by 100 Code AB and Zen Productions (“The Bible Code”). Klaus Zimmermann as well as Fabrik Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin and Mikkel Bondesen will serve as executive producers along with Moresco. Joakim Hansson will produce. The series is produced for Kanal 5 in Sweden and marks Sky Deutschland’s first co-production.
“Through Henrik and Joakim I will get the opportunity to work with a first rate crew and A-list actors, Michael Nyqvist and Dominic Monaghan. I am very excited about filming in Stockholm: the architecture, the light, the people and the atmosphere. Then, of course, the idea of a magnificently beautiful and safe city like Stockholm harboring evil just below the surface, an evil that is all encompassing just seemed like it would work.”, says creator and director Bobby Moresco.
“For me it all begins with the script, which is fantastic and comes via a group of writers that can claim an authentic knowledge of the subjects they are dealing with. The characters are rich and real. The actors playing the characters are all very applied and interesting. In addition Swedes and Scandinavians seem to have a great feeling for the crime genre right now – the success of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Killing’ and ‘The Bridge’ are testament to that fact. Also, naturally Sweden and its capital city are a big draw for me… I love coffee AND cake” says Dominic Monaghan.
“The Swedish-American production of ‘100 Code’ – with its dazzling blend of high-profiled international and local top resources – underscores our commitment to investing in the local market with the goal of deepening and broadening our portfolio. We are well positioned in the crime genre, and we are confident that ‘100 Code’ will be a strong contributor on our trajectory of growth and success in the Swedish market”, says Calle Jansson, Channel Director, SBS Discovery Television.
Irina Ignatiew, Managing Director Global Scripted Distribution at Red Arrow International: “Dominic Monaghan, Michael Nyqvist and Bobby Moresco: With its all-star cast and crew, ‘100 Code’ is the new crime property to look out for. I have been dying for the production to kick off and can’t wait to see the first sequences.”
New York. Stockholm. Over the course of the last 12 months, young, blonde and blue-eyed women have been turning up dead in a field of asphodel flowers. Through a special dispensation from the NYPD, Detective Tommy Conley is given permission to observe and advise the Stockholm PD.
Upon his arrival in Sweden, he is paired with Mikael Eklund, a by-the-book, Swedish cop with an aversion to American grab-and-go culture. Both hate each other, but the two had better straighten out their differences as the killings continue.
As the investigation unfolds, a complex network of ruthless murderers is revealed and Conley and Eklund come closer to discovering who is pulling the strings behind the killings. But who is he and what is he after?
Kanal 5 is the flagship channel of SBS Discovery TV Sweden, which is owned and operated by Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks.
Based in Paris, Zen Productions was funded in 2006 and is owned and run by French/German producer Klaus Zimmermann. His credits run from the acclaimed mini-series “The Laconia” (BBC, ARD, RAI, Canal +) to a range of high end international TV series (such as “Borgia”, “Transporter”, “Death in Paradise”, “Jo”) that he produced while running Atlantique Productions from 2009 to 2013.
LA based Television Development and Production company, Fabrik Entertainment creates compelling, original programming both for the US and international markets. Fabrik has built a reputation in the US for delivering outstanding high-impact series both original and format based. Founded by Mikkel Bondesen in 2005, Fabrik’s credits include AMC’s “The Killing”, USA’s “Burn Notice,” Amazon’s “Bosch,” Fox’s “The Good Guys,” and the upcoming pilots “Odyssey” for NBC and “Comedians” for FX.
Red Arrow Entertainment Group partnered with Fabrik in November 2011 during which-time Swedish producer Henrik Bastin (ABC’s “My Generation”, STO-CPH founder) joined Fabrik as Partner and CEO. Fabrik’s development and production is headed by Partner Kristen Campo (“The Killing”, “The Good Guys”) and Rachel Rusch.
Fabrik’s partnership creates a strong link with a vibrant US and Scandinavian content pipeline, being Red Arrow’s first strategic investment in the key US scripted sector. Additionally, Fabrik maintains an overall deal with leading studio and content provider Fox Television Studios, and delivers top-quality material for Red Arrow’s distribution arm, Red Arrow International.