Norwegian drama success decoded and celebrated at TV Drama Vision

Feb 4, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Nordisk Film & TV Fond (Annika Pham).

Norway under the spotlight in Göteborg gave another example of its wealth of talent by grabbing the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize via Kenneth Karlstad’s Kids in Crime.

Norwegian drama has enjoyed a phenomenal rise and success in the last decade with series such as Lilyhammer, SKAM, Exit, reaching out to millions of viewers both at home and globally and other shows collecting major distinctions such as Atlantic Crossing (Int’l Emmy 2021), Countrymen (Canneseries 2021 Special Prize - High School Prize Best Series), Afterglow (Prix Europa 2022).

Norway is also the country which has earned the most accolades at the annual Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize since its inception in 2017, with Norwegian writers being distinguished for very different shows.

Kenneth Karlstad with his raw Kids in Crime this year, followed in the footsteps of Sara Johnsen’s win in 2020 for the drama about the terror attack 22 July, and Mette. M. Bølstad & Stephen Uhlander's own win in 2017 for the political war drama Nobel.

At this year’s TV Drama Vision, Norwegian media commentators and drama commissioners offered their take on ‘How a Small Industry is Making a Big Impact”.

First up was Cecilie Asker, Culture Editor, Aftenposten and co-founder of Oslo Seriedagene who discussed ‘Cracking the code to Norwegian Drama, Seven Series, Seven Signs of Success’.

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