THE COMPANY ORIGINS
AKTOR AG was founded by entertainment entrepreneur Ryan Wiik, in 10 short industry years, defied the odds and challenged the status-quo with his uncompromising passion for cinema. In doing so, he created and built a public publishing and production company worth over $100,000,000.
Wiik’s knowledge of the entertainment industry comes from direct dealings with today’s leaders in Hollywood. Wiik’s relationships with Hollywood moguls and the A-List community in parallel with financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals globally, provided deep understanding of the typical “Catch 22” syndrome that many independent producers and filmmakers struggle to navigate.
As Wiik’s vision began to coalesce in the public forum, his uncompromising work ethic often became front page-news. Wiik’s exploits have been chronicled in the financial columns as well as the tabloids. Wiik came to Hollywood as a complete foreigner and launched his first entrepreneurial vision during the peak of the Great Recession. He raised over €1 million in working capital for his initial development company, “Without You, LLC.” Without You’s only asset was a screenplay based on the relationship between Wiik and his father, Frank, which Wiik had developed into a viable and saleable screenplay.
In 2010, the LLC was acquired by, WR Films Entertainment Group, Inc. (“WR”). Wiik’s new partners were former top-level senior executives from major studio and casino gaming conglomerates. On a global scale, Wiik led both the creative film development and WR’s multi-million equity raise in order to finance his ventures. Next, Wiik acquired the eBook and screen rights to “Morgan Kane,” a largely unknown best-selling series of 83 book titles which had sold 25 million copies in Northern Europe. He developed the title screenplay and increased the financial and creative profile of WR internationally. In doing so, Wiik effectively re-launched the dime-novel-westerns into one of the most discussed film franchise properties in recent Hollywood history.
While he was not the CEO of WR, Wiik was hands on with the day-to-day operation of WR and it’s positioning in Hollywood. He spearheaded the growth and expansion of WR from start-up to becoming a €100 million group of companies. He helped take the parent company, WR Entertainment ASA public in 2016 on the Oslo Stock Exchange Merkur Market. This success resulted in Wiik’s original investors, who financed Wiik’s development company in 2007, saw a return of more than 1000% on their investment and became larger shareholders than the leading billionaires in Norway! Irony followed success: With newfound wealth, these same nouveau stockholders engaged in destructive proxy fights triggered by the company’s phenomenal position for success, forced Wiik to leave the very company he founded less than 12 months after the first bell rang on the Oslo Stock Exchange. With no desire to engage in a prolonged and greed-driven conflict, Wiik left his stake in WR, and concentrated on other entertainment ventures.
AKTOR AG, is a privately held company incorporated in the canton of Zug, Switzerland, aimed to leverage significant intellectual properties with large scale industry opportunities among the streamers and major studios.
AKTOR works within the global entertainment industry, between financiers as well as representatives of IP. Our success is rooted in long standing industry relationships based on trust and loyalty.... along with visionary thinking.