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Nordisk at 110: Scandinavian Giant Looks to Its Past for Future Success

2 December 2016 6:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Storytelling, entrepreneurship and adaptation to changing industry environment have always been part of the DNA of Nordisk Film. That — together with owners like Egmont that have a long-term view on the film business — are some of the components for the long-term success,” says CEO Allan Mathson Hansen, of Denmark’s Nordisk Film. This year the country’s leading film company celebrates its 110th anniversary on top of Nordic production and distribution.

When Hansen took over as CEO in 2008, he launched a restructuring of the company.

”We sold parts of our TV format and our music businesses,” he says. “It was all about getting back to the profitable core of the company and then develop from there. Today Nordisk Film is standing on four pillars: we produce and distribute content, we run leading cinema chains, we distribute Sony’s PlayStation, and we have ventured into a range of new adjacent businesses, »

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Leth, Zandvliet team for skinhead drama

13 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Project comes from Land Of Mine’s producer and writer duo.

Danish director Asger Leth (Man On A Ledge) will direct the timely, politically-minded Us-set drama White Dog, from a story by Land Of Mine writer/director Martin Zandvliet.

Nordisk’s Mikael Rieks, who also produced the likely Oscar-contender Land Of Mine, will produce. Zandvliet co-wrote the script with Anders August.

The film is described as “an eye-level portrait of two skinhead brothers at a point in their lives where their paths are pointed in very different directions.”

The team expects to shoot the film in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The film will take place in Pittsburgh, USA, but it is just as easily a portrait of a time where populist politicians everywhere are appealing to the worst in us,” said Asger Leth, whose credits also include Ghosts Of Cite Soleil.

Meanwhile, Zandvliet is currently in pre-production in Japan on his English-language debut The Outsider starring Jared Leto.

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