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Anders Weidemann

Anders Weidemann (b. 1971) is the creator and showrunner of the Emmy Award nominated TV series 30 Degrees in February. His unique writing talent paired with an extensive knowledge of the TV landscape has resulted in award-winning productions such as The Truth About Marika (Emmy Award for ‘Best Interactive TV Series’ 2008) and 30 Degrees in February (winner of a Kristallen award for ‘Best Screenplay’, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2013). One of Weidemann’s latest productions Monky, which premiered in 2017, quickly became that year’s most popular family feature film.

Weidemann is, together with John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), creator and executive producer of Interrogation which premiered on CBS All Access in February 2020 and has since received great praise in American press. Weidemann is the first Swedish screenwriter in history to write and produce an American TV series based on his own original idea. Interrogation follows a Los Angeles-area murder case that stretches from 1983 to 2009 and the series structured so that, with the exception of the first and final episode, viewers can watch episodes in any order, trying to piece the evidence together for themselves.

Weidemann is writer of HBO’s Beartown, which premiered in October 2020 to fantastic reviews. The acclaimed series is based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel of the same name.

On top of holding writing credits for numerous television productions and short films, Weidemann has also worked as head of drama development at Jarowskij Sweden and as story editor for SVT.

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Outstanding reviews for ‘Beartown’

This weekend Beartown premiered on HBO to fantastic reviews. The acclaimed series is based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name, directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson.

Beartown has among else been praised by the largest Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, and Expressen.

Beartown is a home run. Hallelujah! HBO Nordics’ Beartown, based on Fredrik Backman’s novel, is unquestionably the best Swedish TV series of the year so far. /…/ The result is outstanding. A Swedish production that is strong, heavy and beautiful like a bear, with high quality in every aspect and a tight hold of the viewer from start to finish.” ★★★★
– Aftonbladet

”The best Swedish series right now. /… / So well acted and engaging that you can feel the ice burn in your cheeks.” ★★★★
– Dagens Nyheter

“Chilling drama from start to finish. The grand scale production Beartown is a well-made series about ice hockey and destructive masculinity.” ★★★★
– Svenska Dagbladet

”One of this year’s best Swedish TV experiences. /…/ With Beartown, Peter Grönlund and the screenwriters Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson succeed in crafting a moral story that never runs out of steam. /…/ Big parts of the series feel like highly credible pieces cut from reality.” ★★★★
– Expressen

Anders Weidemann’s ‘Interrogation’ to air on C More Sweden

Interrogation, created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, premiered earlier this year on CBS All Access to fantastic reviews lauding its innovative format and gripping story. The true crime drama stars Peter Sarsgaard and Kyle Gallner, both praised for their layered performances.

Interrogation will have its Swedish premiere on C More September 18.

‘Beartown’ – full trailer and premiere date release

The HBO TV-series Beartown, based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel of the same name, has finally received a premiere date. Along with the announcement, HBO has also released a full official trailer.

The premiere date across Europe is October 18.

‘Beartown’ premieres this fall across HBO Europe

The highly anticipated series Beartown will premiere across all of HBO Europe during the fall of 2020. The five-part Swedish drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, written by internationally acclaimed author Fredrik Backman, who also serves as executive producer of the show.

The small town Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it. The local hero and former hockey star Peter comes home to Beartown to build the junior team and secure the town’s future. Carrying the entire town’s hopes on their shoulders is a heavy burden for Beartown’s boys. When the team’s young star is accused of a horrible act, it leaves the town in chaos, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, the courage it takes for an individual to go against the group and the consequences of how we raise our children.

The series is directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson. Filmlance, part of Endemol Shine Group, is producing. Starring in leading roles are Ulf Stenberg, Aliette Opheim, Tobias Zilliacus, Miriam Benthe and Oliver Dufaker. Executive producers are also Tor Jonasson and Sophie Smirnakos.

Rave reviews in the U.S. for ‘Interrogation’

The true crime drama Interrogation, created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, premiered on CBS All Access earlier this month and has since received great praise in American press.

“From the very first episode, Interrogation is intense and blurs the line between good and evil. /…/ Great storyline and creative presentation. /…/ A well-executed yet innovative true-crime series that leaves you guessing.”
Awards Circuit

“A unique take on what CBS does best. /…/ A great example of how new technology can put new spins on old ideas.”
Forbes

“This is not your ordinary binge-watch. /…/ The deeper you dig, the more Interrogation becomes an unusually compelling tragedy of a family shattered.”
TV Insider

“The impressive cast breathes life into the story with their layered performances. /…/ The series hits all of the right notes. /…/ Engaging and thought-provoking.”
TV Fanatic

Interrogation is gripping, shocking, and will leave audiences wowed that it all came together.”
Cinema Blend

Ernest Dickerson to direct ‘Interrogation’

Ernest Dickerson (The Wire, The Walking Dead) has been attached to direct the CBS All Access’ straight-to-series true-crime drama Interrogation, created by Swedish writer-producer Anders Weidemann in association with John Mankiewicz. Dickerson, who has worked as director of photography on many of Spike Lee’s films including Do The Right Thing and Mo Better Blues, will direct six of Interrogation’s ten episodes and will exec produce the series along with Weidemann, Mankiewicz, Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate.

Interrogation will star Kyle Gallner (Outsiders), Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse), Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower) and David Strathairn (Billions) and has a unique structure with nine episodes of the series released to watch in any order with the conclusive season finale released at a later date. Each episode of the series is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, with the goal of turning the viewer into a detective.

HBO Europe Green-Lights ‘Beartown’

An adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s international bestseller Beartown has been green-lit by HBO Europe. The adaptation will be produced by Filmlance International (Bron/The Bridge) and award-winning screenwriter and director Peter Grönlund (Drifters, Goliath) will direct all episodes of the five-part one-hour series, written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson.

Beartown will be filmed on location in the north of Sweden, starting soon. The series will premiere on HBO Nordic and across HBO Europe territories at the same time.

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Peter Sarsgaard to star in Anders Weidemann’s ‘Interrogation’

It was recently announced that CBS All Access has ordered the true crime drama Interrogation, created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz. CBS has now revealed that Peter Sarsgaard will play the detective on the case. Sarsgaard most recently starred in Hulu’s 9/11 series The Looming Tower.

Interrogation is based on the true story of a young man who was charged with and convicted of the brutal murder of his mother. Each episode centers on an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The series has an original format and will be experimenting with its release pattern. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, and the conclusive season finale will be released at a later date.

Weidemann is the first Swedish screenwriter to write and produce an American TV series based on his own original idea, and this news has garnered great attention in Swedish media.

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CBS All Access orders Anders Weidemann’s true crime series ‘Interrogation’

CBS All Access has announced a straight-to-series order for Interrogation, an original true crime series wherein the viewer becomes the detective. The creators of the series, Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), will serve as executive producers alongside Fabrik Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate.

Interrogation is based on the true story of a young man charged with and convicted of the brutal murder of his mother. Each episode of the series is structured around an interrogation from the actual police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be able to be viewed in any order, allowing the audience to choose their own line of inquiry as they immerse themselves in the case. The season finale will be released at a later date.

“This non-linear approach to storytelling is that much closer to how real detectives work, carving a path through the evidence in search of the truth,” says Weidemann, who is making his mark on television history not only with this new format, but as the first Swedish screenwriter to write and produce an American TV series based on his own original idea.

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Anders Weidemann wins the SF Bio Children’s Film Grant

Anders Weidemann has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s SF Bio Children’s Film Grant for Monky, a moving and action-packed children’s film set to premiere in Sweden on December 22nd. The film is based on Weidemann’s original idea, and he has also written the script. The other two recipients of the grant are Patrick Ryborn and Maria Blom, producer and director of the film, respectively.

The SF Bio Children’s Film Grant is part of SF Bio’s (Sweden’s largest cinema chain) initiative to promote Swedish children’s cinema. The grant will be handed out during BUFF, the International Children and Young People’s Film Festival, in Malmö in March, 2018.

The jury motivates their choice of winners with the following:

“During the process of selecting this year’s winner, there was one movie that stood out and caught the jury’s interest early on – a film that is at heart a serious original story, but at the same time has a wide audience appeal and high creative ambitions. The film is an excellent example of how an idea is born, and is made into reality through common efforts, where the result has the potential to be the big, heart-warming family film of this holiday season. The jury has therefore decided that the grant will be divided equally between three recipients. The SF Bio Children’s Film Grant of 100.000 kronor is awarded to the creative triumvirate behind the film Monky: screenwriter Anders Weidemann, producer Patrick Ryborn, and director Maria Blom.”

Trailer premiere of Anders Weidemann’s upcoming film ‘Monky’

The first trailer for Monky, one of this year’s most anticipated family feature films, has now been released. Starring a computer-generated monkey as its main character, Monky will premiere on December 25th, 2017. The original idea and screenplay of the film is written by Anders Weidemann.

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Second season of ‘30 Degrees in February’ premieres February 1st

The compelling and highly popular ten-episode drama 30 Degrees in February is back with a new season, written by Anders Wiedemann. Set in Sweden and Thailand, the second season continues to follow the well-known characters on their life-changing journey where hopes and fears collide with reality’s mix of brutality and bliss.

The first season, which aired in 2012, had an average of 1,3 million viewers per episode. The series was awarded with a Kristallen in the category “Best TV-drama,” and actress Lotta Tejle was nominated for an international Emmy for her interpretation of one of the main characters, “Maj-Lis.”

30 Degrees in February is created and written by Anders Weidemann, and directed by Håkan Lindhé, Andrea Östlund, and Eiliano Goessens. The series is produced by Anagram.

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