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Elisa Viihde steps into Shadows

Finland-based VoD and digital TV service Elisa Viihde has commissioned an original 10-part spy thriller from director AJ Annila.

Sphere of Shadows (working title) is set in the 1950s during the Cold War and is written by mother-and-daughter duo Katri and Kirsti Manninen.

Teea Hyytiä and Sari Lempiäinenfrom of Zodiak Finland will produce with London- and Paris-based About Premium Content handling international distribution.

Director Annila previously helmed Jade Warrior, Sauna and The Eternal Road, for which he won the Jussi Award for Best Director. Sphere of Shadows marks the third collaboration from the Manninens who have written for film, TV and the stage, as well as books.

Sphere of Shadows is an international spy thriller that follows an intelligence team whose mission is to defend the independence of Finland whatever the cost.

Production will begin later this year and the series will be available on Elisa Viihde in autumn 2019.

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