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MGM Intl. Television Productions, Viaplay Sign Multi-Year Co-Production Deal (EXCLUSIVE) (Multi-year CoProduct) Deals (XLUS): (Non-subject)

MGM Intl. Television Productions, Viaplay Sign Multi-Year Co-Production Deal (EXCLUSIVE) (Multi-year CoProduct) Deals (XLUS): (Non-subject)

MGM International Television Productions and the Norwegian local streaming leader NENT Group signed a multi-year deal to produce and co-produce six English-language original international series for the companys SVOD service Viaplay.

The second of the two projects in partnership will be Billy the Kid and Last Light, both announced earlier. At the same time, all six series will launch exclusively on the service throughout the Nordics, Baltics and the Netherlands. MGM handling the rest of this world.

The series is an epic romantic drama series from Michael Hirst (Vikings) starring Tom Blyth (Benediction) as the famous American outlaw. The film is a co-production with EPIX Studios and MGM International Television Productions, which colabors with NENT Group. Otto Bathurst is acting the first two episodes of the eight-episode first season.

The movie Last Light, which MGM is doing with Peacock, is a five-episode series with Matthew Fox and Joanne Froggatt, and is directed by the film producer, based on Alex Scarrows best-selling novel, The Blacklist.

NENT Groups focus on developing premium, global stories through an international lens fits perfectly with our mission at MGM International TV Productions, said Rola Bauer, president of MMG International Television Production.

The epic series Billy the Kid and Last Light will entertain and address important social issues, attract attention worldwide, and a collaboration with NENT Group makes this possible, says Bauer.

The main focus of our expansion strategy is the development of a new series, with some of Hollywood's biggest names. The company is proud of the long-term partnership with MGM and is working together to develop ten series with several of its biggest brands.

Wallestom said that a series like Billy the Kid and Last Light show the scale of our ambitions and will help put Viaplay even faster on the map in our latest territories.

Since its launch in a year ago, MGM International Television Productions has already greenlighted six projects, including El Fin del Amor and Shelter from Amazon Studios; The Reunion, adaptation of Guillaume Mussos bestseller La jeune fille et la nuit; from France Televisions and Make it Happen Studio; and Last Light of Peacock/NENT Group and Billy the Kid at EPIX/nent.

The MGM International TV studio also has first-look deals with Sydney Gallonde of Make It Happen Studio, Erika Halvorsen, Tamara Tenenbaum and leading Spanish talent manager Ruth Franco.

NENT Group, which will premiere at least 60 Viaplay Originals in 2022, has committed to producing two major English-language films about Nordic events and events, starting with Hilma, a biopic of the Swedish artist and feminist pioneer Hilmi yen Klint. Lasse Hallstrom is writing and directing the film, and the production of The Cider House Rules which is slated to be published by the end of 2023. Viplay will be present in 16 markets by end 2021