A home from home for Norway’s Yellowbird

Client: Yellowbird Productions
Service: Production Services
Genre: High-end TV drama
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As the production company behind the highly rated 2011 film version of Jo Nesbø’s best-selling book, Headhunters, Yellowbird Productions had everything they needed for making high-end, long-form content. But when they were commissioned to make a TV series out of the novel almost ten years later, they encountered a problem.

The script featured scenes set in London and being based in Norway, where the rest of the filming was taking place, Yellowbird needed support on the ground. But it had to be good. Really good.
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With decades of TV production behind us and some of the UK’s most talented TV professionals in our network, we were able to provide Yellowbird with everything necessary for maintaining the standard and smooth running of their production.

Our location production services included budgeting and managing all local costs and the provision of production management team, including Head of Production, Production Executive, Production Manager, Junior Production Manager, Line Producer, and Locations Manager.

By contracting and paying suppliers and freelancers directly, we were also able to provide Yellowbird with everything from crew – including ADs, security, camera, sound, lighting, design, costume and make-up – to film extras, kit, travel and hotel arrangements, and office space.
And with a freelance Production Accountant on the team, clear sign-off systems for finance – including reporting and paying invoices – were put in place, and payroll and pension services were applied to all those who were PAYE.

During filming, we also took responsibility for overseeing Health & Safety and made sure the production and everyone involved with it was following local Covid protocols and acting in accordance with UK law.

The wellbeing and reputation of the Yellowbird team were in our hands, and we held them with care.
Upon their return to Norway, Yellowbird Productions seamlessly resumed filming Headhunters using their own crew and production management team, with no outstanding issues to resolve. The series is due to be premiered in 2022 on Sweden’s C More and TV2 Norway, with global sales via Endeavor Content expected to follow. Given the reaction to Yellowbird’s film version of the book, we’re certain that the TV series will be a success – and we’re glad we were ‘headhunted’ to help with it.
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