‘Kon-Tiki’ Scribe To Develop Norwegian TV Drama ‘The Institution’
Petter SkavlanIn the hot Nordic TV space, Norwegian writer Petter Skavlan is set to develop The Institution, an original series, for Nordisk Film. The drama is set inside a fictional royal family and will examine the inner workings of a modern European monarchy as well as discussing the ancient institution’s place in today’s society. Skavlan wrote and exec produced 2012 Oscar nominee Kon-Tiki. Also teaming on The Institution are Borgen producer Camilla Hammerich, Nordisk’s head of production Henrik Zein and executive producer Lone Korslund. Skavlan is represented by ICM Partners.

UK’s Feature Film Company Relaunched
Former UK indie distribution shingle Feature Film Company has been resurrected. Relaunched as an independent production, finance and consultancy company, it has announced the spring start of preproduction on Running With The Firm, James Bannon’s memoir about his time as an undercover cop in the 1980s, which saw him infiltrate some of English football’s most brutal hooligan gangs. Led by Mick Southworth and Martin McCabe, Feature Film Company is partnering with the UK’s Omeira, which is providing a minimum £10M of investment in the first year. Feature Film is looking to initially produce up to four low- to medium-budget, commercially oriented genre movies a year for theatrical release in the UK and international sales worldwide. FFC is in postproduction on two documentaries that will be launched at Cannes: The Cuban Way and an untitled Nelson Mandela project. It’s also readying filming on urban drama Money And Grime, supernatural thriller Of The Dead and historical drama Rebellion.

Lion TV’s Joins British Film Institute
The British Film Institute has appointed Richard Shaw as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences. He’ll join the org in late April and Richard Shawassume overall responsibility for developing and leading a customer and communications strategy across the BFI’s full range of activities, including venues like BFI Southbank and BFI Imax, the DVD label, theatrical distribution, and festivals. Shaw previously was Executive Producer and Head of Development at Lion Television, where his credits include The Big Read: Battle Of The Books and Britain From Above for the BBC; Five’s Disappearing Britain; Channel 4’s Secrets Of A Suffragette and feature-length documentary How To Start A Revolution.