Øystein Karlsen (b.1971) is Norway’s most sought-after and edgy screenwriter and director. Karlsen is the name behind several highly successful and celebrated Norwegian TV series, including Dag (2010-2015), One Night (2017) and Exit (2019). Karlsen is also the director of several episodes of the popular and awarded Norwegian-American Netflix Original Lilyhammer (2014).
Karlsen is the creator, writer and director of the TV series Dag, which became an instant hit with the audience and received rave reviews from a choir of critics fascinated by Karlsen’s dark, absurd humor and original style. In total, Dag has received a staggering 36 Golden Screen nominations (the Norwegian equivalent of an Emmy) and 11 wins, which is a record to date.
Karlsen’s feature film debut, Fuck Up, premiered in 2012 to great reviews, and following its US festival screenings, the American film magazine Twitch films picked Fuck Up to head its 2012 top ten list with the motivation “It is pretty damn close to being a perfect film.” They also listed Karlsen among the top up and coming directors.
2019 saw the premiere of Karlsen’s latest creation, the scandalous success series Exit, which shook Norway to its core and quickly became the most streamed series in NRK’s history. The dark and twisted drama is lauded around the world, and has generated more publicity than any other Norwegian series. Based on true events, Exit is set in Norway’s high-flying financial world. It revolves around four narcissistic men in their 30s who are looking for an exit from everyday pressures and obligations by using drugs, prostitutes and challenging their own – already low – sets of moral values. Exit was nominated in numerous categories at the Golden Screen Awards, including ‘Best TV Drama’, ‘Best Innovation’, ‘Best Script’ and ‘Best Director’.
The anticipated season two of Exit premiered in March 2021 to great acclaim. It instantly made a streaming-record on NRK and was nominated for seven Norwegian Emmy’s. Karlsen is currently shooting Exit season 3.
Karlsen is writer of the amiable British crime drama Whitstable Pearl which premiered in 2021 on Acorn TV in the UK and US.
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Oscar nominee Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Emmy nominee Zazie Beetz (Joker, Atlanta) are set to star in early-in-the-works Apple TV+ drama series Lazarus, based on Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna novels, with Øystein Karlsen to write, executive produce and direct the series. The project is a co-production between A+E Studios and Range Studios and being sold to Apple.
In the series, an emaciated young man is found wandering along a train track. Thirteen years earlier, he and his sister went missing, presumed victims of the notorious serial killer Jurek Walter. To find the sister, police detective Saga Bauer must go undercover in the maximum-security psychiatric hospital where Walter has been kept since his arrest years ago. Hardy will play Walter and Beetz will portray Inspector Saga Bauer.
Hardy Son & Baker, composed of Tom Hardy and longtime producing partner Dean Baker, will produce. Their production company is behind the FX series Taboo. Also EPs are Beetz, David Rysdahl, Kepler (Alexandra Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril), Niclas Salomonsson, A+E Studios (Barry Jossen, Tana Jamieson) and Range Studios (Heather Kadin, Peter Micelli and Jack Whigham).
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The third and final season of Scandinavia’s most watched TV-series of all time, Øystein Karlsen’s mega hit Exit has just had its first trailer released.
Exit season 3 will premiere March 2 on NRK.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK has commissioned So Long, Marianne, a major new drama series from UK-based Buccaneer Media and Oslo-based Redpoint Productions. The 8 x 45-minute English & Norwegian-language series is based on true story of Marianne Ihlen and her relationship with iconic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
The couple’s stories take place across the world, travelling from Marianne’s home in Oslo, then London, New York and Montreal, with the majority of the series set on the Greek island of Hydra, where Marianne and Leonard lived during the 1960s.
Developed by Ingeborg Klyve, Øystein Karlsen and Tony Wood and written for the screen by Redpoint’s Øystein Karlsen, the series will be co-produced together with Cineflix Media-backed Connect3.
“We’re delighted to be building on our longstanding relationship with Redpoint. Developing this series has created a world audiences will love diving into. NRK has supported us from the very beginning and it’s fantastic to be producing with them. We look forward to announcing the cast in the very near future” says Buccaneer Media joint CEOs Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart.
“It feels like the way the world is right now, a series that celebrates life and love, with a core about finding your way in life, is needed more than ever,” adds series creator, Redpoint’s Øystein Karlsen.
NRK’s Furevold-Boland and Head of Content Commissioning and Sales Petter Wallace says writer Karlsen has “shown in his previous projects that he can create original dramas that are both exciting and emotional. We believe this project has the potential to become a timeless drama with universal appeal – it is about life and the pursuit of happiness.”
The series will start production in February 2023.
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A third season of Øystein Karlsen’s hit TV series Exit has just been green-lit. The first two seasons have been seen by a record-breaking 2 million people respectively in Norway alone and Karlsen is set to write and direct the third season as well, for which he has already finished a first draft of all eight episodes.
“Øystein Karlsen has written his best screenplay to date with season 3. But that doesn’t mean that it’s gotten any more cheerful. It will be just as dark, mad, detailed and amusing as only Øystein can write it, and as always he has placed a nice little spotlight on some of the dysfunctionalities in our society”, says Petter Testmann-Koch, executive producer of the show and CEO at Fremantle.
Shooting is scheduled to start in Spring 2022 and NRK expects a season premier by spring 2023.
The second season of Exit, Øystein Karlsen’s runaway success series, has been nominated for the prestigious C21 International Drama Awards in the ‘Best Returning Series’ category, alongside gigantic series like The Crown and La Casa de Papel, productions with around 100 million dollars more in budget than Exit. The other nominees in this category are Line of Duty, Baptiste and The Good Fight.
The winners will be announced at the International Drama Awards Ceremony in London on December 2nd.
The trailer for Whitstable Pearl, a crime series based on the mystery novels by author Julie Wassmer, is now available for viewing. The show will star After Life’s Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan – a restaurant owner who, having trained as a police officer earlier in her career, decides to set up a local detective agency.
Whitstable Pearl has been adapted by Øystein Karlsen, giving the crime drama a “Scandi” edge. The series will be available on the online streaming service Acorn TV in the UK and US later this spring.
It has just been announced that the second season of Exit is nominated in no less than seven categories for this year’s Norwegian Emmy Awards; ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Director (drama)’, ‘Best Actor/Actress in a leading role’ (Agnes Kittelsen), ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Production Design’, ‘Best Makeup’ and ‘The Audience Award’.
With that, the series that Øystein Karlsen has written and directed have all together received a staggering 43 Norwegian Emmy nominations in 11 years and has won 12 so far.
More than 1,4 million unique viewers watched the season 2 premiere of Exit in Norway on Friday night – an all-time high according to NRK.
The second season of Øystein Karlsen’s hit TV series Exit premieres tonight on NRK in Norway, to great critical acclaim. Based on true events, Exit is set in Norway’s high-flying financial world and the hugely successful dark and twisted first season instantly became the most streamed series in NRK’s history and was lauded around the world. The series is created, written and directed by Øystein Karlsen.
Acorn TV’s Acorn Media Enterprises, an AMC Networks company, has commissioned Buccaneer Media to produce a new British crime drama based on the The Whitstable Pearl Mystery novels by Julie Wassmer.
The six-part series Whitstable Pearl will be adapted by Øystein Karlsen. Kerry Godliman, the star of Ricky Gervais’ Netflix comedy After Life, has signed on to headline the show.
The series follows big-hearted local restaurant owner Pearl Nolan who sets up a local detective agency after undergoing police training in an earlier career. She is soon embroiled in her first case when she discovers the body of close friend, Vinnie. Pearl forms an unlikely partnership with DCI Mike McGuire, a new local police chief who has transferred from London to escape his past. And when a second body shows up, Pearl finds herself pulled into the dark underbelly of the picturesque town she calls home.
Whitstable Pearl will stream across North America, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK in 2021.
The nominees for the 2020 Golden Screen Awards have been revealed. The Golden Screen (Gullruten) is the annual award for the Norwegian TV industry and their equivalent to the American Emmy Awards.
Pål Sletaune and Sara Johnsen are both nominated for their lauded TV series 22 July, Sletaune for ‘Best Director’ and Johnsen for ‘Best Script’. 22 July is also nominated for ‘Best TV Drama’. Øystein Karlsen, creator of the success series Exit, is nominated for ‘Best Script’ and ‘Best Director’ alongside Exit’s nominations for ‘Best TV Drama’ and ‘Best Innovation’. The much acclaimed TV series Witch Hunt, created and written by Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen, is also nominated for ‘Best TV Drama’.
The winners will be announced on July 19 and the award show will air on TV 2 Norway and TV 2 Sumo.
Øystein Karlsen is Norway’s most sought-after and edgy screenwriter and director. Karlsen is the name behind several highly successful and celebrated Norwegian TV series, including Dag (2010-2015), One Night (2017) and Exit (2019). Karlsen is also the director of several episodes of the popular and awarded Norwegian-American Netflix Original Lilyhammer (2014).
2019 saw the premiere of Karlsen’s latest creation, the scandalous success series Exit, which shook Norway to its core and quickly became the most streamed series in NRK’s history. The dark and twisted drama is lauded around the world, and has generated more publicity than any other Norwegian series. Based on true events, Exit is set in Norway’s high-flying financial world. It revolves around four narcissistic men in their 30s who are looking for an exit from everyday pressures and obligations by using drugs, prostitutes and challenging their own – already low – sets of moral values.
Karlsen is currently in pre-production on Exit season 2, and in development on three international shows.