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«Wisting» – Jørn Lier Horst about "Wisting" smelt: – A leader who lacked control


Last week, Dagbladet talked about the chaotic recording of the TV3 and Viaplay crime series "Wisting", where a budget trick of at least 12 million went far beyond production.

About 600 people were involved in the recording, according to the production company behind the Cinenord series. Dagbladet was in contact with last week with several involved who criticize how the company performed "Wisting", but no one dares express themselves in fear of losing future jobs.

The famous crime writer Jørn Lier Horst owns the rights to the character William Wisting. The TV series "Wisting" is based on two of the books he wrote, "The Jumping Dogs" and "Hulemannen". Horst has also served as a consultant to make the screening of the police as realistic as possible.

He is aware of the recording problems that occurred during the road.

"I am aware that there has been an overrun of the budget, which meant fewer shooting days in Larvik and personal compensation. There was a person in the picture at the beginning, in a leading position in the recording administration, who had no control at all, says the author.

PROFESSIONAL: Jørn Lier Horst is behind William Williams's books. Photo: Anders Grønneberg / Dagbladet
AUTHOR: Jørn Lier Horst is behind William Williams's books. Photo: Anders Grønneberg / Dagbladet
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Does not comment on personal issues

Dagbladet anonymises in this case both the job description and the person's name. The film worker has left the statement to Horst, but does not want to comment. Dagbladet has been in contact with a company that previously employed the current "Wisting" worker. They say they have been very pleased with the work that the person has done on other productions.

Responsible for "Wisting", producer and manager, Silje Hopland Oak in Cinenord, told Dagbladet that she did not comment on personal questions.

As Dagbladet mentioned Saturday, this is part of what was happening in the recording work with "Wisting" and criticized:

  • A big overuse led to a huge budget figure of tens of millions of dollars, which in turn led to chaotic and inadequate working conditions.
  • The production company is accused of incompetence.
  • Workers perceived that invoiced wages were not paid on time.
  • Key personnel left the project: Director, Producer, Production Manager and Photographer.

The cause of the problems was severe weather conditions, high ambitions, a demanding script, illness and strike, not incompetence, Cinenord claims.

– Not worried

The overuse of money at the beginning of the "Wisting" recording was followed. Cinenord admitted to Dagbladet that drastic moves and changes were made, both artistic and practical.

Cinenord said, among other things, according to Director General Silje Hopland Oak, "Simplify and tighten the script, film less expensive and save big savings in the budget." In addition, the director, producer, photographer and production manager went.

But Horst is not worried about how this might have affected "Wisting".

"It's obvious that such big projects are served with continuity, but I think that chief director Trygve Allister Diesen is able to handle. I'm not worried about the series." The filthy thing I've seen seems very good, says Horst.

Weak business administration

In January, Cinenord received well over 50 million kronor in public funds from the Norwegian Film Institute, to create "Wisting" and the drama series "Everything for Norway". At the same time, Cinenord AS's 2017 accounts of major debts and auditor's comments on "illegal loans to shareholders" and "uncertainty associated with further operations".

"Our subcorporations, Cinenord Kidstory and Cinenord Drama have a profit, but due to lack of internal invoicing to project companies, the company Cinenord AS is unfortunately under deficit 2017, which is now being corrected for 2018", says Hopland Eik to Dagbladet, adding:

– The use of business cards in my name until production was unresolved before 2017, but has been settled with settlement settlement now 2018, when the project went before the turn of the year. There is no uncertainty associated with additional activities for Cinenord as a group.

– must be checked

Head of Division for International Relations at Norsk Filminstitut, Dag Asbjørnsen, states that Cinenord has not paid the funds allocated to Wisting for up to SEK 26 million before the company has delivered an auditor-approved project account.

"We will check the use of money, and then 25 percent of the cost of registration in Norway will be refunded if Cinenord meets the requirements," says Asbjørnsen.

Dagbladet has been in contact with the main role holder Sven Nordin's chief, Thorild Strand, who does not want to comment on the recording. Press manager in Viaplay and for TV3, Fredrik Olimb does not want to comment on production work with "Wisting".

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