LONDON -- Danish production company Miso Film, in which FremantleMedia took a majority stake last year, has opened an office in Sweden, which is headed up by Sandra Harms.

The Swedish company, which will produce feature films and TV series for the Scandinavian and international markets, already has a TV commission and feature film in the works.

The company's first TV series, "Vik/Stubo," is based on the novels of Norwegian thriller writer Anne Holt. The eight-episode first season is backed by Sweden's TV4, and adapted by writers Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrom ("Unit One," "The Eagle," "The Protectors"). Shooting is expected to begin in Stockholm at the beginning of next year.

Miso Film Sweden has also optioned the rights for the book "438 Days" by Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, centered around the time the two journalists spent in an Ethiopian prison. The book has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than six months. Development of the project has already begun with the screenplay written by Peter Birro ("Monica Z," "How Soon Is Now?").

Peter Bose, co-founder of Miso, said: "With a number of highly successful films and TV series in the Norwegian and Danish market, it was an obvious next step for us to move into Sweden. The move allows us to expand our footprint in Scandinavia and build on our experience of working in Sweden through titles like on 'Beck' and 'Wallander'."

Jonas Allen, co-founder of Miso, added: "It's really important to us for Miso Film Sweden to become a strong independent company in its own right and not just a Swedish mailbox for our Danish company. That's why we're delighted to have someone of Sandra Harms' caliber on board. Over time, we'll be looking to expand the production team and the home-grown talent further."

Harms joins the company from Sonet Film/SF, with a string of feature films to her name, including Teresa Fabik's "Princess," Karzan Kader's "Bekas" and Mani Maserrat's "Us."

Founded in 2004, Miso is best known for crime dramas like "Dicte," "Those Who Kill" and "Veum," which have been sold to over 40 international markets. This includes an American remake by Fox 21 and Imagine Television of "Those Who Kill," starring Chloe Sevigny. Miso's next major series, "1864," about the Schleswig War, will premiere in the autumn on DR in Denmark, followed by TV4 in Sweden.

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