Nordisk Film & TV Fond today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Liselott Forsman as the Fund’s new Chief Executive Officer. She will succeed the current CEO Petri Kemppinen on October 7, 2019.


Finnish-born Forsman is Executive Producer of International Drama at the Finnish broadcasting company Yle. She has earlier worked as the Head of Fiction at Swedish Yle, and produced documentaries, culture and youth programmes in both Finnish and Swedish. She is the Chair of the EBU Fiction Expert Group and Programme Director of the international drama event Helsinki Script. Forsman holds a MA from The University of Helsinki in Theatre, Film and TV studies. 

Stine Helgeland, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors at Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: "After a rigorous selection process and the consideration of 36 high calibre candidates, the Board is delighted to appoint Liselott Forsman as new CEO. Liselott has an outstanding track record in production and script development, an acute sense of local, Nordic and global perspective, and a deep understanding of the challenges that the Nordic film and TV industry is facing.

“In recent years, she has been at the forefront of the TV drama transformation, and a sought-after international commentator and expert in Nordic TV drama. She also has a solid knowledge in film, with key roles at the Midnight Sun Film Festival and as Board member of Nordisk Film & TV Fond between 2011-2013. We feel confident that she will further develop and strengthen Nordisk Film & TV Fond at a time when the Fund has opened up to new digital partners and secured a new agreement structure for 2020-2024. Nordisk Film & TV Fond Board and staff members wish a warm welcome to Liselott!”

Liselott Forsman said: “It is an honour to join Nordisk Film & TV Fond, which through its history has enabled diverse Nordic audio-visual industries reach new goals and international acclaim.  As a Swedish speaking Finn, I tend to look at the world with a double gaze, being interested in both small and big players, with a special focus on Nordic co-operation and international strategies.

"Now global interest for Nordic bridge building has increased radically – partly due to an international competition that gets harsher day by day; new challenges are facing us all. It is vital to know that the Fund is standing strong, thanks to the great work of my predecessor Petri Kemppinen and the team at Nordisk Film & TV Fond.”