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11 Mar 2019

KEW MEDIA AND NENT GROUP TO PRODUCE SPY THRILLER MARGEAUX CREATED BY AWARD-WINNING SHOWRUNNER ADI HASAK

Leading content company Kew Media Group, has partnered with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the operator of premium Nordic streaming service Viaplay, on the international drama series MARGEAUX. Created by Adi Hasak, the creator of hit NBC series Shades of Blue, MARGEAUX is a reimagining of the Munich Olympic massacre from the point of view of an Israeli Mossad psychologist as well as the Palestinian co-ordinator behind the attack.

The series will be produced in multiple languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, English and German, and will deliver the authentic essence of the characters and their journey.

MARGEAUX is anticipated to begin production in fall 2019 and marks Hasak’s third straight-to-series show. Hasak will serve as showrunner and will write the entire first season. JJ Wienkers will serve as co-writer as well as in a production capacity.

The Munich Olympic massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics. The Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and eventually killed all of them after a televised day-long stand-off. Subsequently, an Israeli Mossad team was sent to track down those responsible and avenge the murder of the Israeli athletes.

The Israeli and Palestinian storylines in MARGEAUX will present both sides of the story and explore the personal and psychological scars of everyone involved as they spiralled into a cycle of violence of which they quickly lost control. Creator and writer Adi Hasak brings a unique perspective on this subject as he was a victim of a terror attack as a young boy and years later was caught up in a cycle of violence as an Israeli paratrooper in 1980s Beirut.

Carrie Stein, EVP Global Scripted TV Series at Kew Media Group, said “Adi is a one-of-a-kind talent and it’s especially good to be working with him on a show that resonates so personally. We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with NENT Group, who like Kew, are casting a global net to find distinctive stories that are emotionally engaging.”

Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, NENT Group EVP and Head of Content: “The psychological depth and dramatic scope of MARGEAUX demonstrate how high NENT Group is aiming with our original series. We’ve already premiered more than 20 originals and seen our shows picked up by broadcasters and streamers around the world. Now we’re joining our unique storytelling with Kew Media’s global reach and Adi Hasak’s uncompromising creative vision to create a hard-hitting and truly unforgettable series.”

Commented Adi Hasak:  "A meditation on violence and terrorism, gender politics, gay rights, redemption and love – MARGEAUX offers a unique perspective on who we used to be, and what has led to who we are today. I'm thrilled to have the enthusiastic support of NENT Group and Kew Media as my producing partners and distributors in this unique and international character-driven franchise."

Kew Media Distribution will be selling MARGEAUX globally. In the Nordic region, the series will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service.

Adi Hasak is represented by attorneys Patti Felker and David Ryan.

 

For further information contact:

Wendy Halls (On behalf of Kew Media)

The Lippin Company

Email: whalls@lippingroup.com        

Tel: +44 (0) 7933 542515

Tobias Gyhlénius, Head of Public Relations, Nordic Entertainment Group; +46 73 699 27 09; press@nentgroup.com

For Adi Hasak

Theo Dumont

theo@buffalo8.com

+18189437876

About Nordic Entertainment Group

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. We entertain millions of people every day with our streaming services, TV channels and radio stations, and our production companies create exciting content for media companies around the world. We make life more entertaining by enabling the best and broadest experiences – from live sports, movies and series to music and original shows. Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is part of Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ), a leading international digital entertainment group listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’). NENT Group is proposed to be listed separately on Nasdaq Stockholm in March 2019.

About Kew Media Group

Kew Media Group is a leading publicly-listed content company that produces and distributes multi-genre content worldwide. Companies included in the KEW family are the production companies: 4East Media, Architect Films, Awesome Media & Entertainment, Bristow Global Media, Collins Avenue Productions, Essential Media Group, Frantic Films, Jigsaw Productions, Media Headquarters, Our House Media, Sienna Films, Spirit Digital Media and Two Rivers Media; and the distribution companies: KEW MEDIA Distribution and TCB Media Rights.

With primary offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and Toronto, the Kew Media Group companies develop, produce and distribute more than 1,000 hours of content every year, as well as distribute a library of more than 13,000 hours, to almost every available viewing platform worldwide. Kew aspires to offer great content from all over the world to viewers of all ages and tastes. The Company promotes transparency, equality, respect, and inclusiveness and plans to grow with the benefit of people from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.

About Adi Hasak

Adi Hasak served as creator, executive producer and showrunner on USA Network's critically acclaimed crime thriller “Eyewitness,” which he set up as a straight-to-series order. The series, which premiered in the U.S. in 2016, was adapted by Hasak from the Norwegian drama “Øyevitne”. Hasak also served as creator and executive producer on the hit NBC drama “Shades of Blue,” which he wrote on spec and got greenlit straight-to series, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, directed by Barry Levinson. The hit series’ third season premiered in June 2018. Hasak will serve as creator, executive producer and showrunner on the upcoming adaptation of the German format “Tempel” which is straight-to series with Dynamic Television. Most recently, he partnered with Red Arrow to set up the German format “The Last Cop”. Furthermore, Hasak and his Adi TV Studios banner are fast tracking several additional projects to be packaged straight-to-series. Hasak was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and raised in Israel and the U.S. Following seven years in the military, Hasak worked as a journalist before coming to Hollywood and writing for television and film. In addition, Hasak was a frequent collaborator with Luc Besson. They jointly wrote and produced “3 Days to Kill,” starring Kevin Costner, and “From Paris With Love,” starring John Travolta. Hasak also wrote “Killer Elite,” which was the original pilot for “Generation Kill.