Fox Television Studios has signed a development deal with Netherlands-based Eyeworks Group, founded in 2001 by Reinout Oerleman. Under the pact, the two production companies plan to jointly develop scripted programming originating from Scandinavian writers for both for the US and international markets. “After our fantastic experience developing and producing The Killing for AMC, which is based on the extremely successful Danish TV series Forbrydelsen, we have had the pleasure of finding projects from the best of Scandinavian literary and television culture,” said FtvS president David Madden. “But we didn’t want simply to wait for finished product to come to us – we wanted the opportunity to leap into the trenches with Scandinavian writers, and to develop stories from the ground up whose universal appeal would stem from their origins in the richness of Scandinavia’s unique sensibilities.” The pact “offers FTVS access to gifted writers with fresh voices who are outside the traditional realm of Hollywood,” Madden added. Eyeworks has a presence in the US on the unscripted side through Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball). Los Angeles-based producer Melinda Jason – and her company, Conspiracy – with whom FtvS has an existing first-look deal, was instrumental in bringing the studio together with Eyeworks, and will serve as executive producer on all projects under the FtvS-Eyeworks deal.
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