Simen Alsvik

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Nancy Napper Canter

Film, TV & Theatre

Born in 1971 and hailing from Norway, Simen is one of the most successful and experienced directors in Scandinavia, and has acheived global recognition since kicking off the acclaimed Norwegian TV-series, LILYHAMMER. Starring THE SOPRANOS actor, Steve Van Zandt, the first series acheived the highest ratings ever for a drama premiere on NRK (Norway's public broadcaster) and has gone on to sell all over the world, premiering on BBC Four and Netflix in 2012. Accolades for Lilyhammer include the Golden Nymph for Best Comedy Series at both the 2014 (Season 2) and 2015 (Season 3) International TV Festivals.

Richard Klein, Controller  of BBC Four, said of the show: “Lilyhammer mixes sharp wit and American big city ways with the beauty of the Norwegian mountains and folksy nature of a small town - a perfect combination for a razor-sharp drama about cultural mores”.

Simen is co-creator and director of the acclaimed Norweigian comedy drama NESTE SOMMER, which was the biggest TV-show on Discovery Channel Norway for four consecutive years.

Also an experienced director in commercials (over 100 to date), Simen has worked on campaigns for major national and international corporations such as Coca Cola and McDonalds. He's won several national and international awards for them, including prizes at the EBU Promo Awards and Cannes Lions.

Simen has two degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from the Universeity of Oslo and he trained at the Volda Documentary Film School.

His first feature film, TINA & BETTINA was released in September, 2012. He has also co-written and co-directed animation feature ANCHORS UP, which is to be released in September 2017. 

You can find out more about him on his website: https://simen-alsvik.squarespace.com/

Simen is also represented by Abram Nalibotsky at Verve in the US. 

In Development

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NEXT SUMMER 4

2016 - 2017

Feelgood/TV Norge

Award-winning comedy drama
Remade in Sweden, becoming the biggest show on Channel 5
Director 10 x 30 minute episodes

ANCHORS UP

Qvisten and Animando

Animated Feature

GOOD DEEDS

SAM Productions

TV Series
Producer: Meta Louise Foldager
Writer: Will Smith

THE JEWISH ORTHODOX HIT SQUAD

Tolmach Productions

Feature
Writer: Lars Gudmestad

Film

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TINA & BETTINA

2012

Nordisk Film

Starring Odd Magnus Williamson and Henrik Thodesen.
Produced by Jørgen Storm Rosenberg and Kjetil Omberg.

Television

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FALLET

2016 - 2017

FLX/STV (Swedish Television)

Conceptual director (4 episodes)
Creators: Erik Hultkvist, Rikard Ulvshammar
Starring: Adam Godley, Lisa Henni
Hollywood Reporters Top 10 from Mip Com Cannes 2017

NEXT SUMMER 3

2015

Feelgood/TV Norge

Director and showrunner for 10 x 30 minute episodes

NEXT SUMMER 2

2014

TV Norge

Director and showrunner for 10 x 30 minute episodes
*Winner, Best Comedy Show, Gullrutten Awards, Norway 2016

LILYHAMMER 3

2014

Netflix/Rubicon/NRK

Drama
Lead director for 2 x 45 minute episodes (eps. 1 & 2)
Starring Steven Van Zandt
*Winner of the Golden Nymph for Best Comedy series in the 2015 International TV festival, Monaco

LILYHAMMER 2

2014

Netflix/Rubicon/NRK

Drama
2 x 45minute episodes
Starring Steven Van Zandt
*Winner of the Gullruten award Best Drama (Norwegian BAFTA's)
*Winner of the Golden Nymph for Best Comedy series in the 2014 International TV festival in Monaco

NEXT SUMMER

2014

Feelgood/TV Norge.

Comedy Drama
Director and showrunner for 10 x 30 minute episodes
Written by Lars Gudmestad

HOME

2012

NRK

Drama Series

NARWAY (NAARJE)

2012

Feelgood/TV2

Comedy
8 episodes
Starring Henriette Steensrup and Otto Jespersen
* Gullruten Award for Best Comedy, 2012

LILYHAMMER (2011-12)

Rubicon/NRK

Drama
2 x 45minute episodes
Starring Steven Van Zandt, Juliet Aubrey, Jay Benedict and Sven Nordin.
International sales includes: USA, UK (BBC4), Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, Finland.
* Gullruten Awards for Best drama and Best Male Actor (Fridtjov Saaheim), 2012

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE (TORSTAG KVELD FRA NYDALEN)

2010

Feelgood/TV2

Comedy
30 episodes
* Winner of 3 Gullruten Awards (Norwegian Television Awards), 2009/10

HIT MACHINE (LANDEPLAGE)

2009

Dinamo/NRK

Music Documentary
2 x 30 minute episodes
* Winner Gullruten Awards (Norwegian Television Award), 2009
* Winner Gullruten Awards, 2010
* Nominated Gullruten Awards

AIRY HEROES (LUFTENS HELTER)

2008

NRK

Comedy Drama
8 x 30 minute episodes

MELONAS

2006

NRK

Comedy
8 x 30 minute episodes

TYPICAL NORWEGIAN (TYPISK NORSK)

Dropout/NRK

Documentary Series
16 episodes
* Winner Gullruten Awards (Norwegian Television Awards), 2005
* Winner Gullruten Awards, 2006
* 3 times nominated for Gullruten Awards
* Norwegian Journalist Prize, 2006

Short Films

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NEON

2001

* Hamburg Short Film Festival

* Grimstad Film Festival

THREE LITTLE WORDS

2005

Starring award winning actors Aksel Hennie and Ane Dahl Torp
* Kosmorama Film Festival
* Grimstad Film Festival
* Nordic Panorama

Commercials

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JAVA4EVER

2011

Director/Co-Writer
* Winner Gullruten Award