Lars von Trier’s regular producer to retire as CEO of the largest film production company in Scandinavia.

Peter Aalbæk Jensen

Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced today (his 60th birthday) that he will retire from his position as CEO.

The producer launched the Danish film company in 1992 with director Lars von Trier and the company has made more than 70 features in that time, including Dancer In The Dark (2000), Dogville (2003), Melancholia (2011) and Nymphomaniac (2013), helping it become the largest film production company in Scandinavia.

Making the announcment, Aalbaek Jensen took the opportunity to highlight “our latest victories”.

The Commune, A Conspiracy of Faith and soon The Day will Come will sell a total of more than 1.2 million tickets in Danish theatres during the first half of 2016,” he said. “On top of that Trine Dyrholm won the Silver Bear for her part in The Commune.”

Aalbaek Jensen leaves the direction of the company in the hands of head of legal Anders Kjaerhauge, CFO Frederik Nemeth, CEO of sales company TrustNordisk Rikke Ennis as well as producers Louise Vesth and Sisse Graum Jorgensen.

Kjaerhauge will be given the title of CEO, but the future leadership of the company will be a collaborative effort between the five.

Aalbaek Jensen will continue to work on the development of new film projects, several of which are already in development. He will also continue to share his 25% ownership of the company with fellow co-founder Lars von Trier.