A brand new TV sequence will chart the rise and fall of Finnish cellphone firm Nokia.
Rabbit Films has begun manufacturing on “Cell 1.0” (working title), a six-part scripted drama that explores the meteoric rise of Nokia to grow to be the world’s main producer of cellphones earlier than a dramatic fall from grace.
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The Finnish and English-language sequence, shot in Finland and the U.S., will launch in early 2022 on Scandinavian streamer C Extra, with a linear premiere to observe on MTV3. C Extra has additionally picked up the first-window VOD rights for the Nordic and Baltic areas. Rabbit Movies is dealing with worldwide distribution.
“Cell 1.0” is the primary account of the Finnish electronics firm’s growth from a small enterprise into a world participant within the cell phone business, beating big established manufacturers. The primary season will deal with the years 1988-1990, when expertise for cellphones was in its infancy.
On the coronary heart of the sequence are the younger legal professionals who have been prepared to tackle their counterparts at deep-pocketed multinational opponents; the single-minded engineers growing revolutionary new merchandise, boardroom plots and private feuds; and a enterprise chief whose braveness saved all the firm following the tragic loss of life of his predecessor.
The sequence stars Satu-Tuuli Karhu (“Maria’s Paradise”) as Katarina Tammi, a lately graduated lawyer working within the firm’s authorized division; newcomer Emil Kihlström as Aki Makkonen, Katarina’s former regulation faculty colleague with a secret to cover; Aku Sipola (“Forest Big”) as Risto Salminen, a proficient however eccentric and obsessive engineer decided to create a brand new kind of cell phone; Oona Airola (“The Happiest Day within the Lifetime of Olli Mäki”) as Risto’s spouse and fellow developer Vuokko Salminen; and Sampo Sarkola (“Bordertown”) as Jorma Ollila, the visionary Nokia CEO who drove the corporate to success.
The present is predicated on intensive analysis and interviews with these concerned within the firm’s historical past.
“Cell 1.0” is written and directed by Jussi Award-winning Maarit Lalli (“Nearly 18,” “The Sixth Time”). The producers are Tiina Pesonen, Minna Haapkylä and CEO Olli Suominen from Rabbit Movies, and the co-producers for Aurora Studios are Petri Kemppinen and Ari Tolppanen. The sequence is being produced with further funding from the Finnish Impression Movie Fund.
“Behind Nokia’s well-known narrative, there are the untold tales of the folks whose ardour for his or her work made immense success potential,” stated Lalli, creator and director of “Cell 1.0.”
“However there have been additionally private losses and moments of despair. Now, 30 years on from the primary GSM name, and primarily based on first-hand accounts from these most intimately concerned in Nokia’s story we are able to inform the complete, dramatic story of the extraordinary occasions behind its outstanding rise and fall.”
Minna Haapkylä, producer and head of scripted content material at Rabbit Movies, added: “Nokia is a nationwide treasure but in addition an enormous world model. The sequence unfolds as an epic story of how a small Finnish city and a small Finnish firm grew to grow to be the house of largest cell phone provider on this planet, and one which modified actually all our lives.”
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