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Global Showbiz Briefs: Biddy Baxter Set For BAFTA Honor; TrustNordisk Sells ‘Ragnarok’ In Multiple Territories; More

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Biddy Baxter Set For Honor At British Academy Children’s Awards
BAFTA will present TV producer and writer Biddy Baxter with its Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards on November 24. The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry. David Attenborough will make the presentation to Baxter. She first joined the BBC in 1955 as a radio studio manager, later becoming the producer of Listen With Mother and School Radio’s Junior English programs and then of BBC Television Children’s Programmes. She was editor of kids show Blue Peter from 1962-88, receiving 12 BAFTA nominations and winning two statues during her tenure. In 2003, she founded the John Hosier Music Trust to provide scholarships to enable talented but impoverished music students to undertake postgraduate studies.

TrustNordisk Sells ‘Ragnarok’ To China, India, Other Territories
TrustNordisk has concluded further deals on its Norwegian action-adventure pic Ragnarok. The film previously sold to Magnolia in the U.S. and has added China (Melting Culture Ltd.), Indonesia (Pratama Film), Spain (Artwood), Brazil (Mares Filmes LTDA) and Thailand (IPA) to its list of territories. It premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin and was released locally on October 4. It is currently the top local film of 2013 at the Norwegian box office. Ragnarok stars Kon-Tiki’s Pål Sverre Hagen as an archeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Ragnarok’

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 6:26am PDT

Magnolia Pictures acquired Norwegian action-adventure film Ragnarok in Berlin, where sales outfit TrustNordisk did brisk international business based on a 3-minute promo. The first trailer has just dropped for the film that follows an archeologist (Kon Tiki‘s Pål Sverre Hagen) whose obsession with the Oseberg Viking ship leads him on a terrifying treasure hunt. Mikkel Sandemose directs. This was one of the hot projects at the EFM where TrustNordisk and Magnolia also closed U.S. deals on Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and thriller Pioneer from the team behind Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters. Ragnarok releases in Norway on October 4.

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Ragnarok’ In Another Norway Deal

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 8:05am PST

Berlin was very kind to Magnolia Pictures and Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk, with this the third tie-up between the companies out of the market there following the high-profile deal for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the pact for Norwegian oil saga Pioneer. Magnolia previously released Norway-made pics Headhunters from the Jo Nesbo book and Troll Hunters. Here’s today’s release about Ragnarok:

US distributor Magnolia has acquired the Norwegian action-adventure film RAGNAROK from TrustNordisk.

Magnolia concluded the deal based on a 3-minute promo shown during the European Film Market in Berlin. The deal was negotiated between SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemburg from Magnolia and CEO Rikke Ennis and Head of Sales Susan Wendt from TrustNordisk.

“We are very excited about RAGNAROK, which has all the makings of a terrific action adventure. We are especially pleased to be working with our friends at TrustNordisk again to bring more great Scandinavian cinema to US audiences”, says President of Magnolia Pictures, Eamonn Bowles.

“I can’t recall having seen an action adventure film of this standard and production value coming out of Scandinavia. I am thrilled to have a partner like Magnolia aboard and can’t wait to present the film to the American audiences”, says Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.

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