‘The Prey’ longlisted for the CWA Dagger for Crime Fiction in Translation

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s bestselling thriller The Prey is longlisted for the prestigious 2024 CWA Dagger for Crime Fiction in Translation, an award that’s given to the best translated crime novel of the year published in the UK.

The shortlist will be announced on May 10 at Crimefest.

‘The Dillsta Gang and the Vampire Heist’ published in Sweden

A new gang has presented itself in Dillsta, and they are a real scary gang of teenagers! There’s also something strange about them, apart from the fact that they’re teens. Why are they only out at night? Why are they so pale? And what is that red stuff they’re drinking, it can’t possibly be blood, can it? That would mean that they are… a vampire gang!

When the news spreads that the new gang is involved in drug sales, the Dillsta gang is faced with a more dangerous situation than usual. Perhaps they really should listen to the policeman Ali Svensson when he tells them to keep out of the way until the drug league has been arrested? As Zasha gets more and more scared, it becomes obvious that if anyone is going to catch the vampire gang it has to be the Dillsta gang! Time to shop for some garlic.

The Dillsta Gang and the Vampire Heist is the seventh installment in The Dillsta Gang series – fast-paced and fun books for younger readers by Jens and Hedda Lapidus.

BBC acquires psychological thrillers ‘End of Summer’ and ‘Jana – Marked for Life’

The BBC just announced that they have acquired two Swedish crime dramas, End of Summer, based on the bestselling work of Anders de la Motte, and the thriller series Jana – Marked for Life, directed by Henrik Björn and Felix Herngren, with Daniel Sawka and Maria Karlsson as head-writers.

End of Summer, based on former police officer Anders de la Motte’s novel of the same name, is a six-part psychological thriller starring Julia Ragnarsson (Midsommar, The Bridge) and Erik Enge (Tigers, The Sandhamn Murders). Viaplay produced End of Summer with Harmonica Films in a co-production with SF Studios and Film i Skåne. The series is directed by Jens Jonsson (Young Wallander) and Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge) with lead writers Stefan Thunberg (Wallander) and Björn Carlström (Hunters), who also produced the series with Per Janérus (Hunters).

Jana – Marked for Life follows the investigation of a murder of a high-ranking official at the Swedish Migration Agency. When the main suspect is also found dead, Jana immediately recognizes something on his scarred body. To understand her own traumatic past, Jana must reach the killer ahead of the police. The six episodes are created and directed by Henrik Björn and Felix Herngren. Daniel Sawka is head-writer together with Maria Karlsson. The series is an adaptation of Emelie Schepp’s bestselling novel of the same name, and in Sweden it will premiere on Prime Video on April 19.

“End of Summer is a complex and absorbing mystery drama in a beautiful setting. Jana – Marked for Life is an intriguing and suspenseful thriller. We are so pleased to be adding these two compelling series to our rich catalogue of Nordic Noir” says Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition.

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‘Back in the Day’ 6 months on the Norwegian bestseller list

Oliver Lovrenski’s lauded debut, Back in the Day, celebrates 6 consecutive months on the official Norwegian bestseller list this week. The title was published in Norway half a year ago and has had a steady place at the top ever since.

Photo: Hunter Shelley

Christopher Friman Leffler joins Salomonsson Agency

Screenwriter Christopher Friman Leffler has an extensive background in investigative journalism, primarily as a reporter for the prestigious and awarded magazine Filter where he started working in 2008. The following year, Friman Leffler was awarded the title ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ at Tidskriftsgalan, and he later became the editor in chief of Filter between the years 2018 and 2022. Several of Friman Leffler’s pieces have also been featured in other prominent magazines, both in Sweden and internationally.

In 2022, Friman Leffler began his screenwriting education at the esteemed Alma Löv Script Academy, and has already been involved in several major productions – including working as script editor for the Prime Video thriller series Jana – Marked For Life and the Netflix crime series Genombrottet.

Furthermore, Friman Leffler has produced the beloved radio show Sommar i P1, working with Ina Lundström’s popular episode from 2023. In 2023 he was also script editor for Dokument inifrån’s documentary series Skamlös which was nominated for ‘Storyteller of the Year’ at The Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism.

Currently, he is working on two projects together with production company Stella Nova: Torsk and Panache.

‘The Beaver Theory’ nominated for CrimeFest’s Last Laugh Award

Antti Tuomainen’s novel The Beaver Theory has been nominated for CrimeFest’s Last Laugh Award 2024 in the category Best Humorous Crime Novel. The CrimeFest convention is one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, and the winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Dinner on May 11 in the UK.

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‘Innocence’ opera winner of a 2024 Olivier Award

The lauded opera Innocence has received a 2024 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production. The Olivier Award is one of the most prestigious awards in theatre, and the ceremony took place at Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday.

Innocence was composed by Kaija Saariaho with the libretto written by Sofi Oksanen. The opera had its world premiere at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2021 and premiered at London’s Royal Opera House in April 2023.

Photo: Johan Bergmark

Mani Maserrat joins Salomonsson Agency

Swedish-Iranian director Mani Maserrat is with his extensive experience from the film & TV industry known for several successful Swedish TV series and films.

Maserrat made his feature film debut in 2007 with Ciao Bella – a film that springs from his own experience and challenges some of the hidden prejudices in Swedish society. The film was met with great praise and travelled around the globe at some of the major international film festivals; in 2008, the film competed at the Berlin International Film Festival and shortly afterwards Maserrat was nominated to the ‘New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize’ at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2009.

Following his feature film debut, Maserrat went on to direct the lauded SVT series Våra vänners liv (2010) as well as the mini-series Arne Dahl Bad Blood (2012) which became an international success.

In 2013 Maserrat’s second feature film, Vi/Us, premiered to stunning reviews and became part of the main competition at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival of the same year.

Since then, Maserrat has directed the psychological thriller series Modus (2015) for TV4, which met with international acclaim, and his later works include directing the crime/thriller mini-series Box 21 (2020) for Viaplay as well as the second season of Young Wallander (2022) for Netflix.

Maserrat currently has several original projects in development and is the director of the upcoming thriller series Maffia/Mafia for Viaplay.

‘Operation Eeny Meeny’ 10 weeks on the Norwegian bestseller list

Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Eeny Meeny is celebrating its 10th consecutive week on the Norwegian bestseller list. Operation Eeny Meeny is the latest installment in the beloved Detective Agency No. 2 series, immensely popular among children and frequently featured on bestseller lists.

Slash Boards Paramount+ drama ‘The Crow Girl’

Buccaneer, the UK-based international content production company behind Irvine Welsh’s Crime, Marcella, The Burning Girls and The Doll Factory, today announces it has partnered with guitar legend Slash for The Crow Girl, the forthcoming drama series based on the #1 international bestselling trilogy of novels by Erik Axl Sund.

Already an Executive Producer on the series, Slash will join composer Adam Price (Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1, Black Adam) in contributing to the soundtrack for The Crow Girl, which is currently in production in Bristol for Paramount+ UK and Ireland.

The Crow Girl (6 x 60”) is a multi-faceted contemporary psychological thriller featuring a cast including Eve Myles (Hijack, Broadchurch, A Very English Scandal), Katherine Kelly (Mr Bates vs the Post Office, Liar, Inside No.9) and Dougray Scott (Irvine Welsh’s Crime, Vigil).

Joining Slash as executive producers are Milly Thomas who adapted the series for the screen, along with Erik Axl Sund, Niclas Salomonsson, Federico Ambrosini, and Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart for Buccaneer.

Charles Martin and Rebecca Rycroft are both directors of the series with Andy Mosse serving as producer.

Slash says, “I fell in love with Erik Axl Sund’s novel, The Crow Girl and was really excited to partner up with Buccaneer to produce it. There’s an amazing cast and crew hard at work now to bring the harrowingly dark and suspenseful story to life as a limited series. It looks amazing!”

“Working with Slash has been a privilege. He knew Erik Axl Sund’s powerhouse of a trilogy before we did and brings an amazing insight to it; working with an artist of such standing from a different medium has massively elevated the work” said Tony Wood, co CEO of Buccaneer.

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