29 OCT 2020

RED ARROW STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL PICKS UP A NEW SEASON OF "STELLA BLÓMKVIST"

The stylish neo-noir crime drama has scored a Season Two commission from Síminn TV and Nordic Entertainment Group.

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"Stella Blómkvist"

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The stylish neo-noir crime drama "Stella Blómkvist" has got a Season Two commission from Icelandic broadcaster Síminn TV and the Nordic region’s leading streaming company Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), and has begun principal photography on location in Iceland. Red Arrow Studios International has also picked up worldwide distribution rights to the second season of the drama.

Based on the best-selling crime novels of the same name, "Stella Blómkvist" (Season 2: 3×90’ / 6×45’) is directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson ("Trapped", "Black’s Game") and Thora Hilmarsdóttir ("The Valhalla Murders") and stars Heida Reed ("Poldark") as a quick-witted lawyer. Smart and ruthless, with a dark past, fluid sexuality, and a taste for whiskey and easy money, Stella takes on cases that always lead to danger; and the only thing she likes about rules is breaking them, or using them to break her opponents.

Tim Gerhartz, SVP Global Sales at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “The first season of 'Stella Blómkvist' introduced the world to its irresistible lead character – part femme-fatale, part hardboiled detective – who plays by her own rules at all costs, and looks at the Noir genre through a new lens. We are delighted to be partnering with Sagafilm, NENT Group, and Síminn TV to offer global audiences more of this original and stylishly executed show.”

Kjartan Thor Thordarson, Executive Producer at Sagafilm, added: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring Stella Blómkvist’s global following the second installation of this unique neo-noir series. Stella paved the way for a new kind of Nordic TV hero, we will continue this season to break the mould of traditional Scandinavian television. There will be plenty of surprises in the second season and I’m looking forward to hearing the response from the show’s well-established fanbase.”

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer, said: “Stella means ‘star’ and this edgy and unconventional show is one of the brightest lights in Icelandic drama today. Investing in unique local storytelling is a priority for NENT Group in every market. Viaplay has reshaped Iceland’s streaming landscape since launching this spring and we’re just getting started.”

Pálmi Guðmundsson, EVP Programming at Síminn, adds: “We are delighted to bring 'Stella Blómkvist' back for a second season. Stella was our first venture into drama back in 2017 and it’s still the most-watched series on our platform. Síminn is fully committed to local drama and we continue to grow our investment in original content serving our ever-growing customer base.”

HIGH RATINGS

"Stella Blómkvist" is produced by acclaimed Icelandic producer Sagafilm with support from the Icelandic Film Centre, the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, and distributed by Lumière in the Benelux.

The series debut attracted record audiences on Síminn TV in Iceland, more than doubling the channel’s average rating, and received eight nominations for Eddan Icelandic Film and TV Academy Awards. The drama also premiered in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service as a Viaplay Original. Season One was picked up by AMC Networks’ Sundance Now SVOD platform for North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and NBCUniversal Global networks for Spain and French-speaking territories.

Set two years after the events in the Ministry that changed the political landscape of Iceland, Season Two of Stella Blómkvist finds our eponymous character back to her old tricks – defending criminals and hustling her way through the court system.