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Finnish TV Academy’s Best program of the year for large scale international TV series

Äijä the dog, photo Mika Hirvonen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team behind Love of the Wild, a TV series that was the first northern Finnish production  to win Best program of the year, is making history once again. The same team that made Love of the Wild a success, is currently filming its international version Love of the Wild – From the Alps to the Arctic.A major party involved in the funding of the series is from IPR.VC.

The series is being filmed, as the title implies, from the Alps all the way to the Arctic areas of Europe, in five different European countries at the same time. The preparations for the series started in September 2017, and filming began in August 2018. The series will be in international distribution in 2020.

Äijä the dog to become an international star

The series presents the extremes of European nature, a natural way of life and people living in different cultures more impressively and extensively than any series before.

– We are filming in locations that are amazing and unique on a world scale. This is a whole new format and the series is created in 4K high definition technique according to the latest international quality standards, says Executive Producer Teemu Hostikka.

Because of the demanding filming locations, the series has hired, in addition to the experienced filming crew that worked on Love of the Wild, cameramen from Europe that are experienced in difficult and dangerous mountain conditions. The Finnish stars of the series are Aki Huhtanen, Emilia Laitinen and Äijä the dog, well known from the Finnish version. The new series follows their life in the gorgeous landscapes of Finnish Lapland.

– Finnish drama has taken major international steps in recent years. Nature related content is also one of our strengths, and Eränkävijät/Love of the Wild has a great opportunity to be the torch bearer in this development, says Director of Creative Content Ville Vilén from YLE.

Backed by well known investors and big names in the TV industry

The Finnish distribution rights to the series belong to Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, and the first season airs in the Spring of 2020. A major party involved in the funding of the series is private equity investor for media content, IPR.VC, which was impressed by the international potential of the series.

– Love of the Wild is an appealing and original series in which the creators’ true love for nature is conveyed to the viewer. We believe that the international version Love of the Wild – From the Alps to the Arctic will speak to viewers all over the world and bring success to both the production company and the investors of our fund, says Tanu-Matti Tuominen, partner and one of the founders of IPR.VC.

Love of the Wild – From the Alps to the Arctic is the largest undertaking so far for production company NTRNZ media Ltd, strongly headed for the international markets. The consultant for international sales for the series is Jorma Sairanen, the Grand Old Man of the TV Finnish industry. Sairanen realised the potential of Love of the Wild early on.

– IPR requested me to assess Finnish TV productions in the autumn of 2017, considering their international sales potential. Of the non-fiction productions being prepared at the time, Love of the Wild was a clear number one for me. The series has very good chances to be distributed internationally on TV-like platforms, says Jorma Sairanen.

The first two Finnish language seasons of the Golden Venla winner Love of the Wild have been sold to over 30 countries, and the third season premieres October 14th on YLE TV1 channel and YLE Areena streaming service.

For more information:

 

Teemu Hostikka

+358 45 639 8664,

Executive Producer / Showrunner
NTRNZ media Oy

teemu.hostikka(a)ntrnz.com

 

Tanu-Matti Tuominen

+358 500 593001

Partner, Co-Founder / IPR.VC

tanu-matti(a)ipr.vc