Petri Kemppinen to be Aurora Studios’ new CEO and Hanna Lajunen to be Head of Distribution
Finnish Aurora Studios, focusing on funding, developing, producing and distributing films and tv series, has appointed Petri Kemppinen as its new CEO. His extensive experience in the world of all things audiovisual includes stints at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, the Finnish Film Foundation and as CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond in Oslo.
Hanna Lajunen will be joining the Aurora Studios executive team as Head of Distribution. Hanna is currently working as the CEO of her own company Cinemanse, which specializes in importing quality films and animations. Aurora Studios and Cinemanse will be merged during the spring through an acquisition and Cinemanse will continue its operations as a subsidiary of Aurora.
“I’m excited about Petri leading Aurora Studios and Hanna taking charge of distribution”, Ari Tolppanen, the Board Chairman, states. “Our ambitious goal is to make Aurora one of the top players in film and series distribution in Finland and even internationally. Our aims are high quality, diversity, and facilitating projects that live on and have international potential”.
“We now have a top-notch team, which includes, in addition to Petri and Hanna, Head of Creative Roosa Toivonen, CFO Joni Ihantola, and producers Anniina Leppänen and Severi Koivusalo“, Tolppanen continues.
Aurora Studios’ first films to be distributed are The Wait, directedby Aku Louhimies, Bordertown: Mural Murders, directedby Juuso Syrjä and Bubble, directed by Aleksi Salmenperä. Aurora’s first tv series production, a joint production with Rabbit Films, is Made in Finland, the six-part dramatized series depicting the rise of mobile phone company Nokia at the end of the 80s.
Ari Tolppanen / 0500-407343 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Aurora Studios develops, funds, packages, produces and distributes quality feature films and tv series. The company’s owners are Finnish publishing giant Otava and the financiers of Unknown Soldier, the biggest Finnish audience success of all times: the founder of Capman, Ari Tolppanen, and the founder of ICECAPITAL, investment banker Ari Lahti.
The Finnish Impact Film Fund is a private equity fund, launched by Aurora Studios, to facilitate the production of high quality films and tv-series. Its financiers are the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the Saastamoinen Foundation, the Föreningen Konstsamfundet, and the owners of Aurora Studios. Aurora Studios acts as the fund’s manager.