Sighvatsson is a veteran producer of well over 40 feature films and television series. He runs Palomar Pictures, based in Los Angeles, and Scanbox Entertainment, based in Norway and Denmark.
Before coming to the U.S., he enjoyed a successful career in his native Iceland as a musician, founding the country’s first recording studio when he was 21. He came to Los Angeles on a Fulbright Scholarship to earn his MFA in Graduate Film Studies at USC.
In 1986, he co-founded Propaganda Films, which quickly became the leading music video and commercial production company in the world before expanding into feature films with such titles as Kalifornia, Red Rock West, and David Lynch’s Wild At Heart, which won the Plame d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also involved with numerous TV series, including the cult classic “Twin Peaks”, the Emmy® nominated “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of The City”, and the hit series “Beverly Hills 90201”. In 1995, he became the founding President at Lakeshore Entertainment, where he produced or executive produced such films as Polish Wedding, 200 Cigarettes, and Arlington Road.
In 1999, he became the controlling shareholder in Palomar Pictures. His recent feature film credits include Z for Zachariah; Brothers; The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared; Killer Elite; K-19: The Widowmaker; and Valhalla Rising.