Icelandic crime series Trapped from Acclaimed Director and Producer Baltasar Kormákur Earns Top Ratings
The Icelandic crime series TRAPPED from acclaimed director and producer Baltasar Kormákur (EVEREST, 2 GUNS, CONTRABAND) opened to a roaring reception on December 27th in Iceland. The rating was just over 50% and the share an impressive 90% making this the strongest series premiere in Icelandic TV history. The ratings increased for episode two to 55% with 91% share indicating that the series is well on the way to become Iceland’s highest-rated series.
The show’s story was created by Kormákur, with a script by Clive Bradley and Sigurjon Kjartansson. Kormákur directed two of the series ten one-hour episodes and serves as a producer along with RVK Studios’ Magnus Viðar Sigurdsson. Dynamic Television’s Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann are executive producers. The series stars Ólafur, Darri Ólafsson, Illmur Kristjansdottir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson. TRAPPED premiered its first episode at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
TRAPPED has proven to be a popular project outside of Iceland. It will air in Norway on Monday, January 11, 2016, in France February 2016, followed by Sweden and Denmark in March and Germany in the fall. BBC4 will broadcast TRAPPED in the UK and The Weinstein Company acquired TRAPPED for broadcast in North America, making TRAPPED the first Icelandic show to air in that territory.
TRAPPED tells the story of a troubled cop investigating a grisly murder when his small Icelandic town is hit by a powerful blizzard, trapping the villagers and most likely the killer in the town. The series was produced by Kormákur’s RVK Studios and commissioned by RUV in Iceland.
About RVK Studios
RVK Studios was founded in 2012 by director Baltasar Kormákur, executive producer Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson and screen writer Sigurjón Kjartansson.
It succeeded Blueeyes Productions, a production company Baltasar has run for years with his co-founder Agnes Johansen, producing many successful films such as JAR CITY, CONTRABAND and THE DEEP. RVK’s latest film is EVEREST, which has grossed over $200 million USD worldwide.
The company’s mandate is to produce projects for television and film, with focus on script development and production of Icelandic material for the global market. At the same time, RVK cultivates screenwriters, directors and producers, and gives them a chance to blossom in a creative environment.
RVK Studios also houses a visual effects arm, RVX, which evolved from a partnership with the acclaimed Icelandic visual effects house Framestore.