Nordic World sells formats “Jailhouse Cook,” “Missing”

The coalition of Nordic broadcasters and producers has secured a series of deals for three factual formats, including Jailhouse Cook (pictured), with producers in the United States and Europe.
June 13, 2012

Distributor Nordic World has secured several global deals for Danish factual formats Jailhouse Cook (pictured), Missing and The Correspondents.

Produced by Denmark’s Koncern, Jailhouse Cook (8 x 45-minutes) was optioned for the United States by Sander/Moses Productions, in Norway by Monster/NICE Group and in Germany by Endemol. The series, which aired on Demark’s DR1, follows maximum security prisoners as they train in an eight-week gourmet bootcamp with a Michelin-starred chef.

Missing (5 x 45-minutes), also a Danish production, has been optioned in Norway by TV2 and in Sweden by Mastiff/Zodiak. The series, which is produced by Dokumentarkompagniet, tackles the problem of child abduction in Europe and is hosted by actor Janus Bakrawi, who was abducted as a child.

Along with private investigators, mediators, negotiators, computer experts, lawyers, politicians, family and friends, Bakrawi searches for abducted children in a bid to return them to their rightful homes. It first aired on TV2 in Denmark.

Finally, TV2 Denmark’s The Correspondents (6 x 30-minutes) was optioned in Norway by TV2 and in Sweden by TV4. The series profiles news reporters that brave extreme conditions in search of a story. A deal in France is pending.

Established in 2005, Nordic World is a sales alliance of broadcasters and producers in the Nordic region, including TV2 Norway, TV4 Sweden, NRK in Norway, MTV3, YLE in Finland, TV2 in Denmark and K2 in Estonia.

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