The Authorized Biography of Tim “Avicii” Bergling

Salomonsson Agency is greatly honored to have been entrusted by the Bergling family to represent the exclusively authorized biography of Tim “Avicii” Bergling (1989 - 2018), for publication worldwide in 2020.

Photo: Kiefer Lee

Soni Jorgensen joins Salomonsson Agency

Soni Jorgensen is a Swedish screenwriter with extensive international experience, crossing borders and genres. Jorgensen is particularly known for her skill in balancing drama with comedy and is also passionate about writing thriller/crime.

Jorgensen has worked as script consultant for numerous films, including the Swedish box-office hit As It Is in Heaven (2004), which was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ and sold worldwide. In 2015, Jorgensen worked as a dialogue coach on Fox’s TV Show American Horror Story Hotel for showrunner Ryan Murphy (The People v. O. J. Simpson, Glee, Nip/Tuck).

2019 saw the premiere of the feature film King of Atlantis, which Jorgensen co-produced. Jorgensen is also writer for a video game together with director and game creator Josef Fares, for Hazelight Studios and EA.

‘Wisting’ has the best opening ever for a Viaplay Original

Wisting premiered April 11 on Viaplay and became an immediate success. It is the most viewed drama series premiere in Norway, beating all other premieres for Viaplay originals in the Nordic countries.

Wisting has also received great attention in Nordic press as a whole, and been reviewed in newspapers all across Scandinavia:

“[Wisting] has everything that the wider crime audience would expect and like.”
-NRK, Norway

Wisting: A solid crime series with international potential. /…/ [Sven] Nordin is marvelous in the role of Wisting and plays him with an excellent mix of wisdom and weariness. /…/ Wisting has non-stop momentum from its first episode onwards.”
-Aftenposten, Norway

Wisting has everything necessary to become this year’s big crime series. /…/ Series creators Kathrine Valen Zeiner and Trygve Allister Diesen have crafted a classic crime series with great audience potential.”
-Cinema, Norway

Wisting […] is a sure winner. Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling crime series about William Wisting has been made into a new, solid Nordic noir that will go right to the head of series addicts. /…/ We’re not just talking about excellent craftsmanship here; there’s also an embedded humor and a hint of welfare-society innocence.”
-Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

“[The series has] an intricate and riveting criminal mystery […], a brilliant Sven Nordin in the lead role, and satisfyingly frozen, atmospheric milieus wherein a variety of shady characters lure, and that radiates a Nordic, rural noir.”
-Aftonbladet, Sweden

Wisting is based on the best-selling novels of Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

‘U - July 22’ praised in The New Yorker

U - July 22 has since its premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival received rave reviews and numerous prestigious awards and nominations. The New Yorker has now joined in the chorus of praise, applauding the film for its one-take concept among else.

“[The] combination of extreme subject matter, supercharged emotional stakes, and the one-take approach make for a transformative cinematic experience. /…/ They succeed in making us feel as though we are legitimate eyewitnesses to the action.”
-The New Yorker

U - July 22 is written by Anna Bache-Wiig & Siv Rajendram Eliassen, and directed by Erik Poppe.

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X remains No. 1 on the official weekly Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road follows closely behind, landing three spots on the lists also this week: No. 3 in paperback, No. 2 in e-book and No. 3 in audio.

The hardcover list sees Hjorth & Rosenfeldt land the No. 2 spot with A Higher Justice, and Lars Kepler the No. 3 one with Lazarus. Lazarus also comes in at No. 4 on the audiobook list.

‘Palm Beach, Finland’ shortlisted for Last Laugh Award

Antti Tuomainen’s Palm Beach, Finland has been shortlisted for The Last Laugh Award in the UK. The award will go to the best humorous crime novel published in the British Isles in 2018, and the winner will receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

The winning title will be announced during the CrimeFest convention in Bristol, May 11th.

New Author - Simona Ahrnstedt

Simona Ahrnstedt (b. 1967) was born in Prague and moved to Sweden with her parents at a very young age. Besides being one of Sweden’s best-selling authors, she is a licensed psychologist and cognitive behavioral therapist. Ahrnstedt’s rich and captivating character depictions, paired with her provocative and daringly executed plots, breathed life into the now rapidly growing genre of Scandinavian women’s fiction. Alongside her role as novelist, Ahrnstedt is a spokesperson for books by women, for women and about women.

‘Wisting’ to premiere April 11

On Thursday, April 11, Wisting – the biggest budget Norwegian drama to date – will premiere on the SVOD platform Viaplay. Wisting is based on the best-selling novels of Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner. The series stars The Matrix and Jessica Jones alum Carrie-Anne Moss and long-time Norwegian film and TV star Sven Nordin.

Wisting has already been praised in Dagbladet, one of Norway’s largest newspapers:

“[Wisting] is a tasteful hybrid of Nordic noir mixed with the often more sedate narrative style of the best crime series, created by among else British BBC. Adding to this a feather-light touch of Fargo, and placing it all in the small community of Larvik and its surroundings, makes it near waterproof. /.../ Wisting has the potential to become a Norwegian series winner, like [the Swedish] Wallander or Beck.”
- Dagbladet, 5 stars

Jake Gyllenhaal to team up with Oscar-winning duo for ‘The Helicopter Heist’

Filmmaker-duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, who won an Oscar for ‘Best Documentary’ for Free Solo, are in early talks with Netflix to helm the movie based on Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. Gyllenhaal will also produce the drama with his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker and ACE Content partner Evan Hayes (Free Solo).

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Peter Thorsboe & Mai Brostrøm’s new adapted crime series

Peter Thorsboe & Mai Brostrøm are the renowned Emmy-award winning screenwriting duo behind some of the acclaimed crime series at the forefront of the Nordic noir genre (The Protectors, The Team, Modus). Their next highly anticipated project is an adaptation of Jens Henrik Jensen’s book trilogy The Oxen, which will be turned into a two-season series of eight episodes.

The Oxen features war veteran and elite soldier Niels Oxen, brought back from retirement to investigate a series of mysterious murder cases along with his side-kick, agent Margrethe Franck.

Copenhagen-based REinvent Studios has just picked up the high-end crime series, and SF Studios Denmark’s Senia Dremstrup is producing.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ and ‘Lazarus’ winners of Storytel Awards

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is the winner of the Storytel Award, a Swedish audiobook award, in the category ‘Best Fiction’. The motivation is as follows:

“The text, with its richness in detail and observation, fills our senses so that we can experience the life and strife of the olden days. And above all, the horror of life under the rule of a brutal leader. The audiobook reader’s sonorous voice takes us right into the city of our nightmares.”

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus wins in the category ‘Best Suspense’ with the motivation:

“With dramaturgical elegance, the story is propelled forward by suggestive milieus and frightening atmospheres. But even through darkness, the captivating characters are all successfully chiseled forth, and even the peripheral ones come alive. The novel’s scary plot and fast pace are well balanced by the objective and assuring voice of the audiobook reader. A voice that, with a convincing tone, complements the well-written text.”

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Week 13’s (March 25-31st) Swedish bestseller lists see new and old names lining up at the top. New on the lists is Tom Malmquist, who claims the No. 1 spot on the audio one with All the Air That Surrounds Us. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X stays at No. 1 on the paperback list, and is joined by Stina Jackson who features at No. 5 with The Silver Road. Jackson’s debut also comes in at No. 4 on both the audio and e-book lists.

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus stays put at No. 2 in the hardcover category, and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice is No. 3.

The March bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for March see Lars Kepler claim the No. 1 spot on the hardcover list with Lazarus. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt follow at No. 2 with A Higher Justice.

The non-fiction list’s No. 1 goes to Leif GW Persson’s memoir, Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X comes in at No. 4, and just after it at No. 5 is Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road. Jackson also features at No. 1 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the e-book list.

‘Death Deserved’ and ‘A Higher Justice’ on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Death Deserved debuts at No. 3 on the Norwegian weekly paperback bestseller list, heading straight for the top just as it did upon its hardcover publication. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice meanwhile jumps a few placements on the e-book list, coming in at No. 2.

The March bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Sable Forest, the fifteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book, comes in at No. 1 also on March’s bestseller list for children’s books in Norway. This marks the book’s second month at the top.

‘Black Pearl Farm’ No. 2 in Denmark

Liza Marklund’s stand-alone novel Black Pearl Farm continues to feature on the Danish bestseller lists and is No. 2 on both Bog & Idé’s and Arnold Busck’s bestseller lists for hardcover crime fiction this week. Bog & Idé and Arnold Busck are Denmark’s two biggest book retailers.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ No. 3 in Germany

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman stays at No. 3 also on this week’s Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for trade paperbacks. This marks the novel’s fourth week on the German list.

Viaplay green-lights Roslund & Hellström’s Ewert Grens series

Viaplay has announced its green-lighting of the small screen adaptation of Roslund & Hellström’s internationally bestselling series about Ewert Grens. The TV series will be produced by Miso Film, and be based on four of Roslund & Hellström’s novels, starting with Box 21 for the first season. The series will premiere on Viaplay in 2020.

Box 21 will be directed by award-winning director Mani Maserrat (Modus, Bad Blood) and produced by Sandra Harms (Modus, 438 Days) and Karl Fredrik Ulfung (438 Days). Screenwriters are Dennis Magnusson (Jordskott, 30 Degrees in February), Stefan Thunberg (Wallander, Hunters 2) and Anders Roslund, author of the books.

The cast stars Leonard Terfelt (The Bridge), Mimosa Willamo (Bodom, Karppi) and Simon J. Berger (Modus, Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar).