Rikke Ennis, CEO of leading Scandinavian banner TrustNordisk and an executive at Danish production powerhouse Zentropa, has decided to leave her post to start her own company which will work on development, financing and packaging, mainly focusing on TV series but also on features.
Susan Wendt, Director of International Sales & Marketing will be taking over and has been appointed Managing Director of the Scandi outfit as of May 1st. Wendt has been a part of TrustNordisk since the company’s inception in 2008 and has sold some of the firm’s biggest movies including titles from Lars von trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Hannes Holm, Roar Uthaug and Hans Petter Moland.
“Rikke and I have been working closely together for more than 10 years, and it’s for sure very sad and took some time to digest that Rikke had decided to leave TrustNordisk, but we will continue in her spirit. This has been prepared over a longer period of time and luckily we will continue working together in the future,” said Wendt.
“The TrustNordisk team has been like a family and I am proud of having been part of this great adventure, taking the company to where it is today. I have been dreaming about creating my own for a while and now that time has come. However we will be working together on several projects in the future and I am sure that the TrustNordisk team with Susan in the lead will continue to be among the top international sales agents,” added Ennis.
TrustNordisk was founded in 2008 as a merger between Nordisk Film and Zentropa. The firm’s Cannes slate includes Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, Bruno Manser biopic Paradise War, The Purity Of Vengeance, the 4th instalment in the Department Q series, as well as Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses and Bergman Revisited, a collection of short films based on Ingmar Bergman’s works celebrating the centenary of his birth. Last year Zentropa carried out a revaluation of workplace culture at the firm following complaints from former employees about conditions.