'Everest' Director Baltasar Kormakur Taps 'Game of Thrones' Production Manager for Icelandic Banner

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Petur Sigurdsson will head up RVK Studios' production services division.

Iceland's biggest name in film and TV is expanding his local production unit.

Baltasar Kormakur, who directed last year's real-life disaster thriller Everest and is behind recent crime series Trapped, the first Icelandic TV drama to be picked up by The Weinstein Co. and the BBC, has hired Petur Sigurdsson, whose credits include Game of Thrones, to head up RVK Studios' production services division.

Alongside his work as production manager on HBO's fantasy series, Sigurdsson has worked on Sky/Pivot Arctic thriller Fortitude — shot in Iceland — and was a line producer on Werner Herzog's upcoming volcano documentary Into the Inferno. Under his lead, RVK will offer full production services for film, television, commercial and photo shoots in both Iceland and Greenland and hopes to expand its filmmaking outreach.

"Petur is a fantastic addition to RVK and brings with him a vast knowledge of filmmaking in Iceland and also a wealth of experience in a variety of genres and budgets," said Kormakur. "With Petur joining RVK, we hope to pave the way for other filmmakers interested in a great Nordic cinematic experience, on and off the screen."

Earlier this year, it was announced that RVK would be producing Film4-backed psychological thriller The Oath, which is set to be Kormakur's first stint in front of the camera in eight years.