Oil fund to star in new TV show

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Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the “oil fund” is about to become the subject of a new television comedy directed by Harald Zwart, who grew up in Fredrikstad but most recently has worked in the film business from Hollywood.

It will be the first TV project for Zwart, best-known for directing The Karate Kid. The new sit-com for TVNorge will be called Oljefondet (The Oil Fund) and it’s billed as a “suit-and-tie finance series with subtle humour.” The series, according to the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), will also present “the absurd situations that crop up when taking care of the huge amounts of money set aside for the Norwegian people.”

Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that NFI, which itself benefits from state funding, is backing the new TV series with NOK 4 million (USD 526,000). The series has a budget of NOK 23.5 million and its premiere is set for some time next year.

newsinenglish.no staff