Nordic Entertainment Group has added a new English- and Swedish-language docuseries The Prize of Silence as its next Viaplay Original offering, scheduled for this fall.
The series explores the sexual abuse scandal that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature being postponed. The series is executive produced by Joel Karsberg (pictured) who previously executive produced Surviving R. Kelly and will premiere exclusively on Viaplay this fall.
In 2017, photographer and cultural figure Jean-Claude Arnault was accused of sexual assault and later convicted of rape. The scandal surrounding this news forced a wave of resignations at the Swedish Academy and called its existence into question.
The Prize of Silence covers this story with in-depth interviews with several of the women involved in the case, members of the Swedish Academy and international experts. The series discusses the objectification and exploitation of women in supposedly respectable environments, and how the fear of additional suffering can deter survivors from speaking out.
“I remember the moment vividly. We were in the middle of filming Surviving R. Kelly when this horrifying story struck,” Karsberg said in a release.
“Even then, we knew there was much more to the postponement of the Nobel Prize in Literature than was being reported. I’m proud to partner with NENT Group and Viaplay to give a platform for survivors to share their story and help shed light on sexual abuse and misuse of power within an elite circle.”
The four-part series is produced by Meter Film & Television with Bunim Murray, Creative Society, Kreativ Inc and NENT Group. Karsberg, Kristoffer Graci and Magnus Coinberg will executive produce, with Martina Iacobaeus and Sara Newihl serving as producers.