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Nordic World sells “Terror Island,” preps sequels

Distributor Nordic World has sold Terror Island (pictured), a documentary about last year's massacre in Norway, to a range of broadcasters around the world, and announced that two follow-up docs are in the works.
May 29, 2012

Distributor Nordic World has sold Terror Island (pictured), a documentary about last year’s massacre in Norway, to a range of broadcasters around the world, and announced that two follow-up docs are in the works.

The film, which won Best Documentary at Norway’s Gullruten Awards earlier this month, chronicles the sequence of events that started last year when Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb in the heart of Oslo and ended with the gunning down of 69 young people on a nearby island.

Among the territories to have licensed Terror Island, which is produced by TV2 Norway and The Documentary Company, are the U.S. (Documentary Channel), Canada (CBC), Germany (RTL2), France (Planete Cable; Planete Thalassa), Israel (Noga), Australia (SBS), Scandinavia (TV4 Sweden; MTV3 Finland; TV2 Denmark) and Spain (Chello; RTVE).

Nordic World has also registered sales for Aftermath, The Fathers, When Terror Hit Norway and Words That Kill, all of which deal with Breivik’s rampage and its consequences.

VRT Belgium has taken all four documentaries, while Telekanal has acquired When Terror Hit Norway for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Deals have also been closed with undisclosed broadcasters for Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland.

Finally, Nordic World has announced that two new Terror Island documentaries are currently in production: Terror Island: The Verdict, which will be available in late July, and Terror Island: Back To The Island, which will be released in September.

Another new Norwegian massacre title — Two Days That Shook The World — will also be added to Nordic World’s roster in August. The latter 58-minute documentary, produced by NRK and featuring unpublished police documents and interviews, is a minute-by-minute account of Breivik’s attacks.

Nordic World CEO Espen S Huseby said: “Nordic World not only has more documentaries on the Norwegian massacre than any other distributor, but all our titles come from Norwegian producers and broadcasters with unique access to the people and places affected by these horrific events.

“Norwegians will never forget what happened on July 22, 2011. We believe these powerful documentaries will help us all to remember the grim consequences of hatred and intolerance.”

Nordic World was established in 2005 as a 50-50 joint venture between TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, and has subsequently grown to include NRK in Norway, MTV3 and YLE in Finland, TV2 in Denmark and K2 in Estonia.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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