SF's Sonet Film Launches New High Quality Drama Shingle

SWEDISH production company Sonet Film, a subsidiary of 95-year-old Svensk Filmindustri (SF), has launched a new high quality drama shingle titled Sonet Television.

Veteran of the industry and Sonet Films CEO Peter Possne will head up the new TV division, which is aimed at producing drama with budgets that will run from about Euro 8 to 10 million (US$10-13 million).

SF president and CEO Rasmus Ramstad noted, however, that budgets could go higher. He pointed out that 1864, which SF is co-financing with Miso Film, has a Euro 23 million budget (US$30 milion). That production is now shooting in the Czech Republic. SF is part of the 200-year-old Bonnier group.

Principal shooting on the first series is set to begin in 2014. Projects already in development include drama and crime series based on novels by internationally renowned writers such as Hakan Nesser, Henning Mankell, Lars Kepler, Anne Holt and Leif GW Persson.

Possne, Rickard Petrelius and Sandra Harms will make up the core production team but in a coup of sorts, Ingrid Dahlberg, former head of drama at Swedish public broadcaster SVT and former director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, will also be on board.