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Svensk topper ankles his post

Bergendahl will still produce pix

AMSTERDAM — Svensk Filmindustri topper Waldemar Bergendahl, one of Sweden’s most prolific producers, is stepping down today from his post as executive producer.

The 65-year-old Bergendahl will remain with the giant Swedish filmer as a producer.

After holding the position of executive producer for some 16 years, Bergendahl told Daily Variety he wanted a chance “to spend more time on the creative side of the business and less on the management side.”

Bergendahl’s stepping down has triggered a reorganization of Svensk’s production side, with Kerstin Bonnier, for some six years Bergendahl’s production assistant, moving up to the position of executive producer and reporting to Jan Erdholm, president of Svensk Filmindustri.

The move has also triggered the hiring of two producers to beef up Svensk’s production slate, which involves some eight-10 pics a year. Anna Eriksson will move over to Svensk from Migma Film, and freelance producer Jan Bloemgren, who served on the production team of SF’s “1939,” will also become part of the inhouse team.

Bergendahl, who hand-picked the hires, said increased competition in the Nordic territories had spurred the changes. “We obviously have more competition and while that is good for us, we also want to bring in more talent to help us meet (the challenge).”

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