Dynamic Television acquires distribution rights to "Dates in Real Life"

The title is produced by Maipo Film with funding from NRK, SVT, DR, YLE, RUV.

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Dynamic Television has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for NRK’s upcoming romantic drama series "Dates in Real Life." "We've had a very good collaboration with Jakob Rørvik as a writer and director for many years, and we are so happy to now produce his first drama series. We've experienced a lot of interest in Dates in Real Life, but to us Dynamic Television is the perfect partner for this project. They are very hands on, have an impressive network internationally and most importantly, we share the same vision for the series,” said Synnøve Hørsdal, CEO of Maipo and producer of the series.

"Dates in Real Life" is produced by Maipo Film with funding from NRK, SVT, DR, YLE, RUV, The Norwegian Film Institute and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The series is written and directed by Jakob Rørvik. The producers for the title are Petter Onstad Løkke and Synnøve Hørsdal.  “Dates in Real Life is a modern story that taps into the zeitgeist of how so many young people are living their lives today,” said Annika Schmidt, Head of German Originals and European Co-productions for Dynamic Television. “It’s an eye-opening but charming romance story that speaks to anyone who has ever been in love.”

The seven-part dramedy comically follows the dating adventures of a young Gen Z who has spent most of her social life in a virtual reality world but is now determined to find love “in real life”. Production begins next month in Norway and the series is expected to premiere in 2024.  Ida, a twentysomething with no relationship experiences outside of her bedroom because her social life has been spent entirely in an online virtual reality world.  That is until her American boyfriend Marvin, who she's never met in person, suddenly announces he's dating another woman…in real life.  With Ida’s world collapsing around her, she is determined to find her own "physical" partner in a world she has little experience in.  But as she searches for true love, Ida begins to understand that to be ready for a relationship, she must first love herself. 

“Dates in Real Life is describing a way to celebrate love that we have not previously seen so much of on Norwegian screens. It is a warm love story that ties the digital narrative seamlessly with traditional storytelling," Marianne Furevold Boland, Head of Drama for NRK, said. "Jakob Rørvik is a very talented series creator and director who manages to create unique universes, characters and stories that give us entertaining, beautiful, smart, funny and sexy perspectives on being human. There is no single answer to how we should live, we have to figure it out for ourselves. Dates in Real Life is a series about daring to live, daring to throw oneself into life and trusting oneself and love. NRK Drama will constantly strive to find new ways to tell stories about our present, and to reflect our audience. Dates in Real Life is a good example of a series that delivers on this mission.”

 

We've had a very good collaboration with Jakob Rørvik as a writer and director for many years, and we are so happy to now produce his first drama series. We've experienced a lot of interest in Dates in Real Life, but to us Dynamic Television is the perfect partner for this project. They are very hands on, have an impressive network internationally and most importantly, we share the same vision for the series.” Synnøve Hørsdal CEO of Maipo and producer