During the past weekend the Swedish-Danish drama series Bron (2) won a Banff Rockie Award in Canada, and yesterday (June 8) the series takes home two awards at the prestigious Monte Carlo Television Festival. Firstly, Bron wins the award for Best European Drama TV Series, and Kim Bodnia wins in the category Outstanding Actor in a Drama TV Series. At the same festival, Norwegian Lilyhammer (2) wins for Best Comedy TV Series and Lead Actor Steven Van Zandt wins for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy TV Series.
“We are extremely proud and happy that the Norwegian production, Lilyhammer, wins two awards here in Monte Carlo. Just to be nominated alongside such solid candidates was a great honour,” says head of drama at Rubicon TV and executive producer for Lilyhammer, Anne Kolbjørnsen.
The Television Festival in Monte Carlo is one of the most influential TV-awards in Europe, and Lilyhammer was nominated alongside strong competitors like Modern Family and Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Bron was nominated alongside Downtown Abbey, House of Cards and Israeli Hostages. Kim Bodnia was nominated alongside with Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Torrance Coombs (Reign). Kim Bodnia is in Monte Carlo to receive the Golden Nymphs together with Lead Actress Sofia Helin.
“The latest prizes for Bron, against the sharpest competition, are a great proof that the series continues to capture an international audience. Now we are about to produce a third season which is at least as high class as the previous series,” says Christian Wikander, Head of Program at SVT Drama in Stockholm.
Bron has been sold to over 120 countries so far and season three begins filming this fall for broadcast in 2015. It is to consist of ten thrilling episodes where Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) faces both new challenges and new colleagues. The series is produced by Filmlance International and Nimbus Film together with SVT, DR, Film i Skåne, ZDF, NRK, Lumiere and Stiftelsen Ystad-Österlen Filmfond.
Lilyhammer has been sold to 130 countries, 178 territories and Rubicon TV are currently wrapping up season three which will be broadcast on NRK1 and Netflix in the fall/winter of 2014. In this series Frank and his crew will travel to new places and the cultural differences will become even more obvious when Norwegians go abroad. The series is produced by Rubicon TV in collaboration with Netflix and NRK, and with support from Norsk Filmfond.
Filmlance International (Stockholm) and Rubicon TV (Oslo) is both part of Shine Nordics.