NBC ACQUIRES NEW HALF-HOUR COMEDY SERIES
“WELCOME TO SWEDEN”
FROM ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Series is Executive Produced by Siblings Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler
Created By and Starring Greg Poehler with Cameo Appearances By
Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Rock Legend Gene Simmons
LOS ANGELES/CANNES – October 8, 2013 – Leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce it has sold the U.S. broadcast rights to NBC for the half-hour comedy series, WELCOME TO SWEDEN. Executive produced by siblings Amy and Greg Poehler, the comedy was originally commissioned by Sweden’s TV4 as the network’s first-ever English-speaking series.
Filmed in Sweden, New York and Los Angeles, WELCOME TO SWEDEN is a fish out of water comedy series based on Greg Poehler’s true life story about a New York accountant, Bruce (Greg Poehler) who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma and follows his heart to Sweden. Making his acting debut, Greg will star in the series along with Josephine Bornebusch (Solsidan) who will play Emma, Lena Olin (Chocolat, The Ninth Gate) as Emma’s mother Viveka, and Illeana Douglas (Easy to Assemble, Grace of My Heart) and Patrick Duffy (Dallas) as Bruce’s parents. Cameo appearances will include Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons.
"This show is a ‘first’ on so many levels,” said Carrie Stein, Executive Vice President, Global Production for eOne Television. It's the first English language comedy for TV4; the first television show Greg Poehler has ever created AND starred in AND executive produced with his sister Amy; and it's the first time NBC has been involved with a comedy shot in Stockholm with a large Swedish cast!!! The reason this comedy has attracted all these people is because its theme is universal — love conquers all…even if it means moving to Sweden.”
Created by Greg Poehler, WELCOME TO SWEDEN is a co-production between eOne, TV4, FLX and Syskon. Executive producers include Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler; Fredrik Arefalk for TV4; Carrie Stein for eOne; and veteran Swedish TV helmer /creator Felix Herngren for FLX. eOne handles the worldwide rights to the series in all media.
eOne develops, produces, acquires and distributes programming across all genres. eOne handles international distribution of AMC’s The Walking Dead in addition to AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, as well as Sundance Channel’s The Red Road through the company’s recently announced exclusive multi-year distribution agreement with AMC for all original series from AMC Networks’ AMC and Sundance Channel.
The company continues to grow its business in the US with eOne-produced series including Hell on Wheels, in its third season on AMC; Discovery Channel’s first-ever scripted mini-series Klondike, co-produced by Discovery, eOne, and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television, which premieres in January 2014; Rookie Blue recently commissioned for its fifth season on ABC and Shaw Media;Haven, currently in its fourth season on Syfy; and Rogue, DIRECTV’s first original scripted series starring Thandie Newton. Additional eOne shows include Call Me Fitz on DIRECTV and HBO Canada; Saving Hope on CTV; and Bitten on Space and Syfy.