Watch: First trailer for Netflix’ salmon farming drama Billionaire Island

Editorial Staff

The drama, hailed for its potential to be the Norwegian answer to HBO hit drama Succession, is set for release in autumn 2024.

Global streaming titan Netflix has released the first glimpse of its new salmon farming drama titled ‘Billionaire Island’.

Set in a quaint Norwegian coastal town, ‘Lakseøya’ (as it is to be called in Norwegian) revolves around two feuding families entrenched in the global salmon business, offering a mix of drama and romance, with the intricacies of salmon farming as its backdrop.

The series promises a blend of wit and drama as it delves into the intricacies of the salmon farming industry. Led by protagonist Julie Lange, a determined salmon business owner with aspirations of dominance, the narrative revolves around her strategic maneuvering for a hostile takeover to claim the coveted title of the world’s largest salmon producer.

Helmed by creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin, renowned for their work on “Lilyhammer” and “Beforeigners”, the production boasts a stellar cast including Kåre Conradi and Trine Wiggen, alongside contributions from artist Bjarne Brøndo.

With filming taking place in the picturesque Island region, “Billionaire Island” aims to capture the essence of the local landscape while exploring the global impact of the salmon industry. Directed by Marit Moum Aune and produced by Rubicon, the series underscores the industry’s transformative role in shaping both coastal communities and global food culture.

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While an official premiere date is yet to be announced, anticipation is high for the autumn 2024 release of “Billionaire Island” on Netflix.

Commenting on the inception of the series, creators and writers Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin remarked, “Over the last few decades, fish farming has changed both the Norwegian coast and international food culture. The time feels right for a television drama about the operators in the industry, and it’s amazing that a global streaming service like Netflix has the guts to tell such a locally grounded story.”

Bjørnstad and Skodvin, the creative minds behind the show, have previously contributed to Norway-set smash hit ‘Lilyhammer’.


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