TRIO – Season 2: Cyber Gold

"Trio – Cyber Gold" is a mystery series for children and young people, produced for NRK Super, Nordvision and NDR/KinderKanal. 

Deep inside the wild and magnificent Skjåk mountains there is a top secret vault containing Norway’s digital gold reserves, the so-called Cyber Gold… 

Norway is paralysed by a massive cyber attack. All leads point to Jørgen, Lars’ father. Trio discover that the hacker Ramrun is responsible for the attack, and that the real target is the Cyber Gold. Ramrun, however, exploits the fact that everything is classified, and the children have to take up the fight against her on their own… 

To save Jørgen, Trio have to find Ramrun, but Ramrun finds them first. Lars’ girlfriend is kidnapped. Trio face a seemingly impossible dilemma: Should they save the treasure of love or Norway’s entire gold reserves…

Director: Margret Bergheim
Script: Morten Hovland, Trond Morten Venaasen 
Producer: Jeanette Sundby
Executive Producer: Rune H. Trondsen, NordicStories AS 2015

Broadcasted: NRK in January 2015

TRIO – Odin's Gold

“Trio - Odin´s Gold” is a mystery series for children and young people, produced for NRK Super, Nordvision and NDR/KinderKanal. 

Nora (12) moves from the big city to the village of Skjåk in Gudbrandsdalen. She meets Simen and Lars, and the three become friends. Each of them is a little outside of society's norms, but they quickly become a trio willing to stand up for justice. Together they solve big and small mysteries in the village. The biggest of them all is the myth of "Odin's gold," a treasure which according to legend lies buried in a secret location.

Director, Atle Knudsen, has many years' experience with television programs and movies for children and young people. He directed “ORPS - The Movie”, which was nominated for an Amanda Award. Knudsen also directed the children's TV series "Linus i Svingen" and "Jul i Svingen" on NRK.

Morten Hovland was the scriptwriter for the children's film “Best Friends”, which was screened at numerous international festivals in 2009. He has also written the script for the series "Stikk!", episodes of "Himmelblå" and the “Idyll”. Hovland is scriptwriter for Trio together with Trond Morten Kristensen Venaasen, who wrote the script for the animated television series, "Hubert" and " “Sunshine Kathy”.

Director: Atle Knudsen 
Producer: Jeanette Sundby
Executive Producer: Rune H. Trondsen, NordicStories 2014 

Broadcasted: NRK in January 2014

Let the scream be heard

The year 2013 marks the 150 anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch and he is honored with great international celebrations. In 2012 exhibitions of his work in Paris, London, Frankfurt and Århus were visited by over one million people. In Oslo his Anniversary exhibition has been seen by more than 300.000 people.

In a world where 15 minutes in the spotlight or barely 15 seconds of fame seems to be the goal for many, we ask the question why celebrate an artist after 150 years. 

Is it because his painting sell for millions of dollars? Or does his artistic greatness embody completely other qualities?

In order to find answers to these questions we must travel back in time and explore Munch´s own mind. We must look into his creative processes, listen to his own words, become familiar with his values and philosophy, witness his triumphs and defeats, see how life´s mysteries influenced his work, and in the end understand his artistic integrity which became the backbone of a complex artistic world. 

Though interviews with international artists and the world´s foremost experts on Munch we seek answers. What was it that influenced Munch´s artistic development? We take our viewers on a journey which makes them capable of understanding why Edvard Munch´s art also touches us today, and will continue to do so many years to come. 

With: Magne Furuholmen, Marina Abramovich, Tracy Emin, Steffen Kverneland, Ketil Bjørnstad, Liv Ullmann and others.
Director: Dheeraj Akolkar 
Producer: Rune H. Trondsen, NordicStories AS 2013

Broadcasted: NRK, December 13th 2013

The Sun

The Sun is a film about two artists´ life long struggle to create the ultimate work of art.

Edvard Munch and Oslo University´s Aula mural, “The Sun” (1909)radiates out to the audience from the wall behind the podium, giving life to those who perform. Yet it took many years and a numerous amount of sketches and preparation before Munch reach the final result. Use of Munch´s own photographs, the many stills photos of Munch himself which are in the archive and Munch´s own hand-held film sequences create, together with the paintings, content to the main theme. Composer Edvard Grieg with his Piano Concerto in A-minor (1868) is inspired by and draws musical themes from Norwegian cultural heritage - folk music, giving it a symphonic form. In the great hall of Aula the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Håvard Gimse conveys the themes of Edvard Grieg´s musical score, to which he has made over 3000 corrections over the course of 40 years, the last time just three weeks before he died.

Photography: Hallvard Bræin
Producer/Director: Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories AS 2013

Broadcasted: NRK, December 15th 2013

Rockheim Hall of Fame 2013

Rockheim - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors persons who have influenced the development and spread of Norwegian popular music.

Artists and groups with extraordinary careers as well as others who have influenced the history of popular music in Norway can be inducted into the Hall of Fame. NordicStories produced this event both in 2012 and 2013, and are already slated for to production the induction ceremony for TV2 on August 20, 2014. The program will again be hosted by Hanne Krogh. In 2013 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Nora Brockstedt and Anne Grete Preus were inducted. The 2013 program was produced in the Congress Hall at Clarion Hotel & Congress in Trondheim.

Director: Kristian Løkken
Producer: Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories AS 2013

Broadcasted: TV2, August 31th 2013

This Spring´s big game show on TV2

NordicStories has produced Are you smarter than a 5th Grader which is Saturday´s entertainment on TV2 in Spring 2013.

In this program adult contestants are asked questions which a 5th grader should know the answer to in order to see how much they remember from their childhood studies. The grown-ups can receive help from a panel of 5th graders. The top prize is 250.000NOK. An entertaining and educational program for the entire family.

Director: Kristian Løkken 
Producer: Nina Mariann Øvergård, NordicStories AS 2013
Executive Producer: Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories AS 2013

Broadcasted: TV2, Spring 2013

Jens Christian Hauge

In the summer of 2006, a barrel of old documents burned in the garden of Jens Christian Hauge's home on Bjørnveien in Slemdal, Norway.

The neighbors had their own explanations. This marked the end of his mysterious legacy. The past was now burned. All of the questionable and illegal transactions that were made in the service of power would be erased forever. All his secrets would be taken to the grave.

But Jens Christian Hauge could also be a joker. And he had one final trick up his sleeve. He was known as the man who knew everything and said nothing. He had quietly left all his vast personal files to the National Archives. The documents in the barrel were just trash. In his final year, he broke the covenant of silence he had adhered to his entire life and allowed himself to be interviewed by his biographer, historian Olav Njølstad. 

Based on the extensive material given to Njølstad in Hauge's 60 shelf-meter archive as well as a number of other sources, the story of Jens Christian Hauge was told in two, 45-minute documentary films. The story of the power-hungry Hauge and the nation-builder Hauge. And most importantly, the myth of Jens Christian Hauge.

Director/Writer: Pål Sommer-Erichson
Producer: Rune H. Trondsen, NordicStories AS 2011

Broadcasted: NRK, April 2012

Mahler 8

On Saturday, February 11th 2012, NordicStories produced the massive performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 from the Oslo Concert Hall, with 300 people on stage.

The work is called the "Symphony of a Thousand". Mahler himself disliked the nickname, but there were in fact a thousand musicians and singers involved when the symphony premiered in Munich in 1910. The commotion that followed could be compared with what occurred around Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" in Paris 1913, but in Munich it was the opposite. The reception was grandiose, as were Mahler's own thoughts about the work: "Imagine that the whole universe begins to ring. It is no longer human voices, but planets and suns in their orbits ..." In the first part we sense the presence of Bach, and in the second part we experience the articulation of the final scene from Goethe's "Faust", when the salvation of the Virgin Mary is promised. It is unique in its grandeur, and ends with an ecstatic chancel.


Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Vocal Soloists: Turid Karlsen, Erika Roos, Hilde Haraldsen Sveen, Marianne Beate Kielland, Maija Skille, Per-Håkan Precht, Audun Iversen, Magne Fremmerlid.
Oslo Philharmonic Choir, guest choir, Sølvguttene.

TV-Director: Anja Stabell
Producer: Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories AS 2012

Broadcasted: NRK, April 2012