Norwegian television shows halted over strike

For the last month, the Norwegian television industry has been on strike over pay and working conditions, with television dramas such as season two of Home Ground and season one of Kristofer Hivju’s Twin both being put on hold. Now, the production of Wisting has also been halted completely. Wisting still has three weeks worth of production left. 

The strike began when it was learned that the television industry was being paid 25% below the national average. The unions involved in the industry have demanded that the television workers be paid the same as those who work in the film industry. The unions are asking that all workers in film and television are brought under the same banner and the same agreement, therefore being paid the same. 

The strike bears similarities to the Writers Guild of America strike in 2007-08. 

Wisting is a new Norwegian crime series about Larvik detective William Wisting who is hunting for Norway’s most notorious criminals. When two mysterious deaths interrupt Wisting’s Christmas, it is the beginning of a showdown with the deadliest killer of them all. The EU Media Programme has partially funded the series. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.