Kim Magnusson joins Nordisk
by Annika Pham
Established Danish producer, Kim Magnusson has been appointed as the new general manager of Nordisk Film and TV drama production division throughout Scandinavia.
The 37-year-old producer is chairman of the Danish Producers’ Association and son of veteran Danish producer, Tivi Magnusson, with whom he founded M & M Productions in 1995. M&M was behind many acclaimed Danish and international productions such as Flickering Lights, winner of a Berlin Silver Bear , The Island on Bird Street, current Danish hit, The Green Butchers [+see also:
film profile] by talented director/screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen (over 200,000 Danish admissions in a month), and Dagur Kari Petursson’s Icelandic hit Noi the Albino.
Magnusson also won an Oscar for a short film entitled The Charming Man, the second Oscar-winning short film produced by M&M after Anders Thomas Jensen’s Election Night’s 1999 victory.
Commenting on his appointment at Nordisk, Magnusson said: “It’s hard for a film producer to turn down a position like this. Nordisk Film and the management of its parent company, Egmont, are focusing on growth - also outside Denmark- and on closer cooperation with Egmont’s other media interests. I’m looking forward to being part of this development.” Kenneth D. Plummer, Managing Director of Nordisk Film added that his group is “working hard to regain dominance of film production in the Nordic region based on the group’s restructuring that was started eight months ago. Sweden has a huge potential for us, and there are also great opportunities to be had in Norway, Finland and Denmark too”, he said. “The appointment of Kim Magnusson is a step in the right direction. He has a proven track record in Denmark and the USA, that demonstrates a professional and market-oriented approach to filmmaking as an art form that is also anchored in the market economy.”
Nordisk Film’s the vertically integrated film, TV and electronic entertainment branches of Danish media giant, Egmont, improved its revenue from Euros399m in 2001 to Euros432m in 2002, although it still reported a loss of Euros1.3m last year.
M&M will continue to be run single-handedly by Kim’s father, Tivi Magnusson.
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