Screening of SF Studios' hit thriller series Oxen at the Berlinale Series Market

17 January 2024 - Last updated 22 January 2024

We are happy to share that SF Studios' Danish action thriller series Oxen will be screened at the Berlinale Series Market, having already reached impressive audience figures on Danish television. The six-part series is based on the international bestseller book series Oxen by Jens Henrik Jensen. The series is directed by Jannik Johansen and produced by SF Studios with producers Senia Dremstrup and Michel Schønnemann with SquareOne Productions co-producing for TV2 and ZDF. REinvent handles international sales.

Oxen tells the story of veteran Niels Oxen, a former special forces soldier struggling with his inner demons, who is drawn into a series of gruesome murders linked to a shadowy cabal of powerful Danes. 

Approximately 1.3 million viewers on average watched the six episodes that have been broadcast on the Danish channel TV 2 since the end of October, making Oxen one of the most successful series on Danish television. The German version will be broadcast on ZDF.

Oxen is created by three times Emmy Award winners Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe (Unit One; The Eagle; The Protectors) and is directed by Jannik Johansen (Borgen, 2011; Follow the Money, 2016). The series is a co-production between SF Studios and SquareOne Productions for TV 2 Denmark and ZDF Germany with support from Nordic Film & TV Fund, Creative Europe, West Danish Film Fund, Frederikshavns Kommune and Film Estonia tax scheme. REinvent handles for international sales.

Watch the Danish trailer here.

About the series
Niels Oxen is Denmark's most decorated war hero. But during the fallout of the controversial death of his best friend in a military operation in Mali, he is framed on drug charges. Oxen is dishonorably discharged from the service and withdraws into the forest in complete isolation. But when the forest's owner, the wealthy and influential Hans-Otto Corfitzen, is found dead, Oxen is the prime suspect. Frigg Mossman, head of the Danish security and secret service, believes in his innocence and assigns Oxen to undercover investigations against her own organization. Oxen soon finds himself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.

The leading role of the eponymous Niels Oxen is played by Jacob Lohmann (Shorta, 2020). He is joined by Ellen Hillingsø (The Bridge, 2011), Josephine Park (The Investigation, 2020) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen, 2022), as well as German-speaking actors Reinout Scholten van Aschat (Sea of Time, 2021), Luise Befort (The Palace, 2021) and Julie Burkhardt (Letzte Spur Berlin, 2020).

Berlinale Series
As a trade initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Series Market is dedicated to all aspects of serial content and is organized together with the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents. The industry event, which is aimed at international TV drama experts, presents keynotes and talks, showcases and new drama series. All Berlinale Series Market screenings will be listed in the EFM Screening Schedule until the beginning of February 2024 and are accessible with a Market Badge. The same applies to online screenings. Please note that some screenings are by invitation only. (Source: https://www.efm-berlinale.de)

For more information, please contact:
Senia Dremstrup, TV Drama Manager, SF Studios, dremstrup@sfstudios.dk, + 45 35 27 00 94
Malin Strihagen, Vice President Brand & Communications, SF Studios, malin.strihagen@sfstudios.se, +46 70 780 39 35
Helene Aurø, Sales & Marketing Director, Reinvent International Sales, helene.auro@reinvent.dk, +45 23 42 00 07

About SF Studios
SF Studios, established in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies. Today SF Studios is the leading film studio in the Nordic region with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The company is producing and distributing feature films and TV series as well as providing the streaming services SF Anytime and Blockbuster. SF Studios is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier.

About SquareOne
SquareOne Productions develops and produces original feature and series projects. Recent productions on screen include EUER EHREN starring Sebastian Koch for German broadcasters ARD, ORF and STARZ; UN HOMME D'HONNEUR for TF1 in co-production with Federation Entertainment; the mafia origin story L'ORA for CanaleCinque Italy and SKY with Indiana Productions, Italy; and Austrian serial killer bestseller TOTENFRAU in co-production with MonaFilm, Barry Entertainment, Netflix and ORF. SquareOne is part of pan-European studio the Vuelta Group.

About TV 2
TV 2 DANMARK A/S is behind Denmark's most-watched public service channel, TV 2. The company also operates the TV channels TV 2 NEWS, ZULU, CHARLIE, FRI, SPORT, SPORT X and the streaming platform TV 2 PLAY. The Fiction department practices the Scandinavian Development Model and produces all series and film projects with independent producers. The Department commissions for both the main channel, the channel family and the streaming platform TV 2 Play.

About ZDF
ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is Germany’s national public television broadcaster. It is run as an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of the Länder, the sixteen states that constitute the Federal Republic of Germany. The nationwide channel ZDF has been broadcasting since 1st April 1963 and remains on of the country’s leading sources of Information, Today, ZDF also operates the two thematic channels ZDFneo and ZDFinfo. In partnership with other public broadcasters, ZDF jointly operates the internet-only offer funk, the German channels PHOENIX and KIKA, and the European channels 3sat and ARTE.

About REinvent
REinvent is a packaging, sales and financing studio all in one. REinvent International Sales has extensive knowledge of original trends and sales opportunities in both the Scandinavian and international markets and represents SF Studios’ international slate of films and TV series as well as works with other high-profile European production companies.