Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) and his wife Gry Molvær Hivju’s independent production company Tindefilm has entered into a co-production deal with the U.K. indies Wildflame and Zig Zag Productions to create the unscripted series True Viking.
In True Viking, contestants will spend five weeks living as Vikings, mastering new skills and pushing themselves beyond their limits as they navigate snow-capped mountains on expeditions, fish on frozen lakes, build their own shelters, scavenge and hunt for food and train as the Vikings would for battle. The endurance competition will include both group challenges and lone survival tasks. Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones, and TV presenter and director Gry Molvær Hivju are set to host the ten-part series, which will be launched to international buyers at MIPCOM.
Gry Molvær Hivju, executive producer of Tindefilm, said: “Tindefilm—based in the homeland of the mighty Vikings—is honored 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.”
Paul Islwyn Thomas, CEO of Wildflame Productions, said: “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.”
Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, said: “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.”