A native of Norway, Linda Saetre is Founder of the New York based Saetre Film, a boutique production and sales company.
From 2005-08, Saetre served as VP of Bonne Pioche International, the development and sales arm of production company Bonne Pioche, producers of the Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins", which grossed over $130 million worldwide. She is the now the distributor for a number of Bonne Pioche films including "On the trail of the Fox," the companion piece to Luc Jacquet's follow-up called "Fox and the Child" (Picturehouse/Warner Bros).
Saetre and her staff focus mainly on co-productions and development of new films, working tightly with the Hollywood studios and agencies as well as networks such as BBC, Channel Four, HBO, Sundance Channel, National Geographic, Canal+, Discovery, ABC Studios, etc. The Discovery Channel premiered the $ 4.3 mill HD feature "Paris 2010: The Great Flood", of which Saetre is the Executive Producer and distributor.
In addition, Saetre is the Executive Producer and sales agent for "A Jihad for Love", the first documentary about gay Muslims. The film, directed by Parvez Sharma, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was in competition at the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival 08.
Currently, Saetre is developing several films and TV series and recently optioned the epic book "East."
In 1998, she graduated from New York's The New School for Social Research (Media Graduate Program). Prior to that, she also studied in Norway, Spain, France and England. After graduating, Saetre went on to work for the independent film company Fox Lorber, producer Jim Stark ("Factotum" starring Matt Dillon, "Down by Law", "Coffee and Cigarettes" by Jim Jarmusch), PBS and Wellspring Media with five years as Executive Director of Sales and Co-Production. At Wellspring she spearheaded international acquisitions, sales and production of films and documentaries including Jonathan Caouette's "Tarnation" and "The Beauty Academy of Kabul", which she executive produced and sold in Cannes.
She is also a contributing writer to New York Times' best selling authors Dave Eggers' and Vendela Vida's literary magazine The Believer and is fluent in Spanish, French, English, German and all Scandinavian languages.
Name: LInda Saetre
Lives in: New York City, New York