Swedish producer Börje Hansson has been named head of production with Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri.

Since 2005 Hansson has been drama chief with Metronome Film & TV. He has more than 40 features and numerous television series to his credit, including The Beck Crime Series, which has been very successful in the German market.

Hansson was previously co-founder, CEO and producer with Filmlance International, backing such box-office successes as The Guy In The Grave Next Door and In Bed With Santa.

In Toronto, Hannson will present his latest production, The Kautokeino Rebellion, from Norwegian director Nils Gaup. Earlier this month the film received five Norwegian Amandas, the national film award.

Svensk Filmindustri is a leading player in the Nordic media industries, operating in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The company plans to expand its production division to further increase the volume of in-house product.

'We intend to attach more producers to the department, and at the same time to continue our collaboration with other companies,' Hansson said.

Regular production partners include Sweetwater, GF Studios, Memfis och Filmlance International.

Last week, Svensk Filmindustri released Peter Flinth's Arn: The Kingdom At Road's End, which has seen more than 172,000 admissions domestically since its Aug 22 release. The preceding film in the Arn trilogy, Arn: The Knight Templar, also directed by Flinth, sold more than a million tickets in Sweden and has been nominated for the European Film Academy's People's Choice Award.

A former chairman of the Swedish Producers' Association, among others, Hansson is a board member and vice president for Europe with FIAPF. Referring to Svensk Filmindustri's Swedish chief, Tobias Lenner, he will start in his new job on Nov 1.

'Our ambition is to further strengthen our leading position and to be a dynamic force in film and TV production in Sweden,' Lenner said. 'I am very pleased that Börje will be a part of that journey together with us.'