REinvent Studios, the Copenhagen-based company launched last year by former TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis, has pre-sold the Faroese crime drama "Trom" to ZDF/Arte for Germany and France. ZDF/Arte will be co-producing the anticipated series which was pitched last year during the Co-Pro Series at the Berlinale Series forum."Trom," based on Jagvan Isaksen’s crime novels and penned Torfinnur Jákupsson, follows journalist Hannis Martinsson as he investigates the murder of an animal rights activist whose body was found in the bloody waters...
At the helm of TrustNordisk, Scandinavia’s biggest international sales banner, Rikke Ennis has succeeded in nurturing a pool of talented Nordic filmmakers such as Thomas Vinterberg (“The Hunt”), Lars von Trier (“Nymphomaniac”) and Susanne Bier (“In Another World”). Ennis has also forged relationships with up-and-coming Scandi filmmakers like Fenar Ahmad (“Darkland”) and Kristoffer Borgli (“Drib”).
One of Ennis’s main achievements is the launch of Zentropa China in 2012. The outfit is developing three movies, including the first Chinese/Danish co-production, “My best Friend Andersen,” which is a feature film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales. Shu Huan, whose credits include Chinese B.O. hits such as “Lost in Thailand,” “Lost in Hong Kong” and “Buddies in India,” is writing the script, which Ennis says will combines romance and fantasy. Shooting is expected to start in Spring 2018.
Ennis started her career in international sales at OS ApS, a TV sales company owned by M&M, Nimbus Film, Grasten film and Zentropa. Following the merger of Zentropa and Nordisk, OS ApS became TrustNordisk, which still ranks as one of Europe’s most influential sales companies with a library of more than 600 films.
Earlier this year, Ennis launched Trust Studio, a sister banner to TrustNordisk which is involved in financing, development and co-production of both films and TV drama. The first project on Trust Studio’s slate is “Last Light,” an eight-part dystopian series co-produced with Sydney Gallonde and Brain Academy.