Game of Thrones star’s indie in co-production agreement for epic unscripted endurance series
‘True Viking’ to be unveiled at Mipcom 2019 in Cannes with appearance from hosts Kristofer Hivju and Gry Molvær Hivju
(Molde/ Cardiff/ London) – Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju and his wife TV-presenter Gry Molvær Hivu’s independent production company Tindefilm has agreed a co-production deal with UK indies Wildflame and Zig Zag Productions to create an epic new unscripted series.
A survival series like no other, ‘True Viking’ is a brutal endurance competition in which contestants must hone their Vikings skills and apply their mental and physical strength to endure the toughest test of their lives. The series will challenge contestants to execute authentic Viking tasks amid the desolate wilds of the unsympathetic Norwegian fjords.
Hosted by Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in ‘Game of Thrones’ and his wife, award-winning TV presenter and Director Gry Molvær Hivju, ‘True Viking’ is a tough, extreme, and fiercely competitive survival competition currently being developed as a 10 x 60’ series.
For five weeks contestants will eat, live, survive as Vikings – mastering new skills and pushing themselves beyond their limits. They will navigate treacherous snow-capped mountains on expeditions, smash through layers of ice on frozen lakes to fish, build their own shelters, scavenge and hunt their food and train as the Vikings would for battle.
Contestants will unite in group challenges and go head to head in lone survival tasks. ‘True Viking’ is the ultimate test of courage, intelligence, strength and stamina set against a breath-taking Norwegian backdrop, the location being the actual site of one of the greatest battles in Viking history.
‘True Viking’ will be launched to international buyers at this year’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.
“Tindefilm – based in the homeland of the mighty Vikings – is honoured to bring this truly authentic Viking history adventure series to the international market. The Norse heritage runs through our veins, and we are passionate about sharing our magnificent ancestral past with the whole world.” Gry Molvær Hivju, Executive Producer of Tindefilm.
“Viking history is revered throughout the world. This extreme survival television adventure combines ancient skills with epic endurance set against a breathtaking backdrop. As passionate factual program makers it gives us the opportunity to bring history to life as we’ve never seen it before as we challenge 21st century men and women to step into the world of the most iconic and often feared tribes on earth” commented Paul Islwyn Thomas, CEO of Wildflame Productions.
“‘True Viking’ is a compelling concept that combines endurance, history and adventure set against a breathtaking backdrop. We feel privileged to have been offered the opportunity to partner on this epic new project and are thrilled to be working with Tindefilm and Wildflame and revealing the series to international buyers at MIPCOM” said Danny Fenton, Chief Executive Officer, Zig Zag Productions.
‘True Viking’ is a co-production between Tindefilm, Wildflame Productions, and Zig Zag Productions.