Nordisk Film

Nordisk Film
Industry Entertainment
Founded 6 November 1906 (1906-11-06)
Founder Ole Olsen
Headquarters Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Key people
Allan Mathson Hansen
Products Motion pictures, television programs, cinemas, event tickets
Revenue 497 million (2015)[1]
€29 million (2015)[1]
Parent Egmont Group
Subsidiaries Globalgate Entertainment[2]
Nordisk Films Promotional Poster
Nordisk Film 1906 logo
Main gate of Nordisk Film in 2008

Nordisk Film (or Nordisk Film Distribution, USA affiliate: Great Northern Film Company), established in Denmark in 1906 by Danish filmmaker Ole Olsen[3] and also the oldest continuously active film studio in the world.[4][5] It is the third oldest studio in the world behind the Gaumont Film Company and Pathé. Olsen started his company in the Copenhagen suburb of Valby under the name "Ole Olsen's Film Factory" but soon changed it to the Nordisk Film Kompagni. In 1908, Olsen opened an affiliate branch in New York, the Great Northern Film Company, to handle distribution of his films to the American market. As Nordisk Film, it became a publicly traded company in 1911.[6]

In 1992 it merged with the Egmont media group and operates today as electronic media production and distribution group that employs 1,900 people. The total revenues in 2015 amounted to approximately €497 million.[7] Today, Nordisk Film is the oldest movie production company in operation in the world. Egmont Nordisk Film is the largest producer and distributor of electronic entertainment in the Nordic region. Nordisk Film incorporates all parts of the value chain in the electronic entertainment world: development, production, marketing and distribution.

The company produces and co-produces national and international feature films in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which are distributed to cinemas around the Nordic countries, including Nordisk Film Cinemas in Denmark and Norway with 208 auditoriums.[8] The films are also distributed internationally for viewing in cinemas, on video and on television. Additionally, Nordisk Film produces animated content and feature films.[9]

Through the Nordisk Film Foundation, Nordisk Film develop new talent and promote the "good film narrative." With an annual budget of approx. DKK 3.5 million, the Nordisk Film Foundation has also contributed to the development of the Danish film industry over the last 20 years by offering scholarships, project grants and awards. In 2015, the Nordisk Film Foundation launched the signature project "The Polar Bear's Author Camp", bringing the total budget to EUR 4.5 million.[10]

On 18 May 2012, Nordisk Film made a multi-year deal with Lionsgate to distribute their films (along with Summit Entertainment) in Scandinavia.[11] In September 2012, DreamWorks signed a partnership with Nordisk Film for the distribution of DreamWorks' films in Scandinavia.[12]

Business Areas

Nordisk Film Production

Nordisk Film Production produces film and TV series and is involved in approximately 15 films and TV productions in Scandinavia each year and employs 12 producers. The overall strategy for Nordisk Film Production is the same as when the company was founded: To entertain a broad audience. Nordisk Film Production highly emphasizes talent and diversity and therefore produces feature films, animation films, short films, TV series and TV documentaries to the Scandinavian and international market.[13]

Nordisk Film Distribution

Nordisk Film Distribution handles and distributes the rights to own productions, a number of local films as well as independent productions. In addition to this, Nordisk Film has a co-operation with Sony Pictures Entertainment in regards to theatrical distribution. Egmont Nordisk Film is behind approximately one in every 5 theatrical films and their Video Distribution is a major player in the Nordic countries and the TV Distribution not only handles the sales and distribution of film rights and entertainment formats in the Nordic countries, they also manage the sales of rights around the world for the majority of Scandinavia's most well-known film producers.[14][15]

Nordisk Film Interactive

Nordisk Film Interactive has exclusive distribution rights to Sony PlayStation products in the Nordic countries, and is thereby responsible for a substantial business area in Nordisk Film.[16]

Nordisk Film Cinemas

Nordisk Film Cinemas is the leading cinema chain in Denmark and Norway with a total of 39 cinemas and approximately 10 million guests a year.[8] In April 2013, Nordisk Film purchased all shares in Oslo Kino, Norway's largest cinema chain with 15 cinemas.[17] Nordisk Film also co-owns KinoCity Drammen, giving the company a market share in Norway around 28 percent.[18]

Digital Advertisement

Nordisk Film is a leader within sales and distribution of digital advertisement to Danish and Norwegian cinemas as well as the advertisements in Copenhagen Airport. Dansk Reklame Film is moreover the initiator behind the digital advertisement platform Airmagine that allows advertisers and buyers to buy in on specific target groups via digital screens with motion pictures. Airmagine has created the world's first fully digitalized airport advertisement platform in Copenhagen Airport.[19]

Event Tickets

Venuepoint is part of Nordisk Film and has been professional ticket distributor since 2004. Venuepoint is not only a ticket system, but actively advises about marketing, sales strategy, client communication, CRM and gives a unique insight into what drives ticket sales.[20]

Gift Cards is a company which focuses on innovative gifts and gift cards solutions. The gift card concepts and Good Times operate under the umbrella. has activities in every Nordic country and addresses both the private and business.[21]

Nordisk Film Games

Nordisk Film Games invest in Nordic gaming studios.[22][23]

K.B. Hallen

Nordisk Film and CTS Eventim will operate the iconic Danish venue K.B. Hallen when it is rebuilt in 2018. K.B. Hallen will re-establish itself as the leading culture and sports venue in the Copenhagen area for both local and international events.[24]

Feature Films[25]



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  14. "Distribution". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  15. "Distribution (Danish)". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  16. "PlayStation". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  17. "Nordisk Film sluger Oslo Kino" (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  18. "Danish Studio Nordisk Film Buys Norway's Largest Cinema Chain". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  19. "Digital Advertisement". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  20. "Event Tickets". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  21. "Gift Cards". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  22. "Nordisk Film Games". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  23. Krogh Kristiansen, Jesper. "What kind of game developers will Nordisk Film invest in?". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  24. "K. B. Hallen". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  25. "Nordisk Film Titles". Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  26. "Film Production". Retrieved 31 October 2016.
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