Part 1: Report from the international streaming market
What are the big ones up to, and what is the current competitive situation like? Andreas Seierstad is head of publishing at NRK Super and keeps an eye on the bigger picture. He provides a status report from the international streaming market.
Part 2: The New Kid on the Block: Paramount +
Newcomer Paramount+ must steal market shares from established streaming services. How do they intend to position themselves? Nordic Director Jesper Dahl lets us in on the newcomer's plan for success, and why the service will change its name to SkyShowtime as early as next year. The moderator is Anders Veberg, journalist at Aftenposten.
Part 1: How do Norwegian viewers choose?
Everyone dreams of breaking the code to the wider public. The people of NRK Analyse combine cool-headed analysis with warm insight work. In this session, they share generously from the hot epicentre of the hard drive.
Iacob Christian Prebensen is a quantitative analyst and decodes figures, while Vegard Tveito is a qualitative analyst who talks to people to find out why they act as they do. Both are responsible for the drama genre. Meet the Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson of series analysis.
Iacob Christian Prebensen is a trained media scientist and works on audience segments, strategy and drama as an NRK analyst.
Vegard Tveito has a master's degree in technology, innovation and knowledge, and works as a qualitative analyst at NRK, which means that he talks to people to find out why they act as they do.
Part 2: 4 claims about drama series that (perhaps) don't quite add up
Everyone has opinions about drama series, and everyone has opinions about how people prefer to consume content. How about we attempt to sort out the messy current media landscape, reducing the number of uncertain factors, so that we can devote more time to cultivating the good content ideas? Jørgen Svennevig is planning manager for the streaming service NRK TV. In this session, he shares the four most common claims regarding drama series he has heard in the last two years. Then we look into whether they check out or not.
Earlier this year, viewers around the globe sat glued to the screen watching a drama series about, of all things, chess! Uli Hanisch and his team created a world that not only gave you wanderlust and an urge to redecorate your house and change your wardrobe, you went all the way and signed up for a chess course! Hanisch has taken a few days off from the production of Babylon Berlin to discuss the noble art of designing authentic and welcoming environments. Moderator: Eli Bø
The film and TV industry is ever-changing due to the rise of streaming services. It seems that the younger generations are the most eager users of these services. What notions are prevalent when it comes to young streamers in the Norwegian media industry, and what strategies are the industry implementing to reach out to these users?
This case is based on a study with 39 Norwegian leaders and decision makers from music, film, TV and the literary industry – including 16 informants from the film and TV industry. This seminar will be presented in English by Media Analyst Vilde Schanke Sundet (University of Oslo).
Did you know that major international series such as The Walking Dead, Your Honor, A Very British Scandal, Behind Her Eyes, Grey's Anatomy, Black Mirror and Young Royals have had Norwegian directors? The Norwegian film and television success has expanded the network of Norwegian film workers and given more people the opportunity to work with international productions. Magnus Martens, Erika Calmeyer and Anne Sewitsky have all had great success and will in this session explain why Norwegian directors are hotter than ever.
Moderator: Jakob Berg, NFI.
Exit has a design and a visual expression that looks both "expensive and sexy", despite its relatively sober budget.
Cinematographer Pål Bugge Haagenrud shows us examples and discusses how he planned and carried out the photo job for this success series.
Cinematographer Pål Bugge Haagenrud worked on Exit, Dag, Lilyhammer, Wisting, Beforeigners, Side by Side, Swedish Dicks, The Third Eye and much more. He is also a co-owner of Moviebird.
This series about the friends has been embraced by ever new generations.
Why is the series still loved by an audience who hadn’t even been born in the 90s?
What is the code to this timeless mega-success? Media scientist and Associate Professor Kai Hanno Schwind provides answers in his lecture based on the book "Friends - a reading of the Sitcom"
Get up to speed with the fall and spring series of 2021/2022!
Which series will you learn to love in the time to come? And which series will become the hottest topics throughout fall, winter and spring? We got our hands on exclusive and unique clips from upcoming Norwegian series – smoking hot from the editing suite.
Presented by: Jakob Berg
With: Herman Flesvig og Henrik Elvestad
YOU SEE US, BUT NOT ON TV.
Location: Kinosal 1
When we watch good shows, we can often relate to the characters. They're quite like us, or at least like our neighbor or someone we know. But it's not like that for everyone. A fifth of Norway's population has a disability. So why are they such a rare sight in the series we make? They're not even used as the extras eating spaghetti in the background. In this session, Sally Kamara of NRK Super tries to figure out how to make the series industry modernize its mindset and lower the threshold for contacting people with disabilities for small and perhaps even bigger roles. What can we call to ask of them? And what are the appropriate words and concepts when we talk?
Tove Linnea Brandvik, Federation Leader of the Norwegian Handicap Association
Paal Richard Peterson, General Manager of Døves Media
Anders Tangen, Deputy Director General of the NFI
Celine Engebrigsten, General Manager of Stella Casting
After more than 10 years, the popular Danish political drama series is back with its fourth season. The creator Adam Price is an authority of the Nordic series scene, with titles such as Ragnarok, Nikolai & Julie and Anna Pihl on his track record. Together with the political editor of Dagens Næringsliv, we’ll delve into Borgen and political drama in general as we await the comeback of former Prime Minister Brigitte Nyborg & co.
Reviewers gave it top score, Viaplay has reported high numbers and audiences have laughed and cried with Pørni. No doubt, Henriette Steenstrup has struck a nerve with this series, which she has both written and starred in. We will geek out with one of the scenes from the series together with Henriette and producer Ida Håndlykken Kvernstrøm. The moderator is Joachim Førsund.
Can producer Synnøve Hørsdal make sense of NRK's decision-making processes during a 45-minute conversation with drama director Ivar Køhn? Synnøve Hørsdal of Maipo tries to get to the bottom of everything she does not understand about NRK processes and decision-making routines. Drama director Ivar Køhn tries to explain. The old colleagues are now sitting on opposite sides of the table. This is the conversation no producer can afford to miss.
An exquisite bunch of industry professionals: a screenwriter, a series creator, a producer, a director and an actor share experiences from 2021. Both the good and the bad.
Moderator: Nora Ibrahim, development producer at Oslo Company
Our regular and popular session with the most powerful in the Norwegian series industry. A lot of people want to delve deep into the heads of this bunch. This time it is up to producer and entrepreneur Trond Kvernstrøm to ask the questions we all want to know the answers to.
Starring: Ivar Køhn NRK, Rasmus Øyen Discovery, Alice Sommer TV2, Christopher Haug HBO and Camilla Rydbacken Viaplay.
For your content to be selected in a tough streaming market, great images and inspiring texts are needed. But how to best pitch your series? NRK's head of content design Reuben Sletten has for many years been in charge of key art for NRK TV, and shares his best tricks for how to get the viewer to press the play button on your particular series.
How can the interaction between the creators of series, the companies and the channels improve? The companies are supposed to deliver on-screen quality, but do the channels deliver similar quality in the decision-making processes? Producer Vegard Stenberg Eriksen has invited two other producers to work out some key points with him. They hope the channels are present in the auditorium, taking notes. This session is also a kick-off for the Heads of Drama Summit later in the day.
Moderator: Melike Leblebicioglu Kaveh, drama producer and screenwriter for P3.
Participants: Vegard Stenberg Eriksen, producer for Monster. Anne Kolbjørnsen, producer for Anagram. One producer TBA.
Two years ago, the climate manifesto was passed at Oslo series days: We established that the film and television industry must actively contribute to achieve the UN climate goals and start work on green production immediately. Since then, awareness of green production has increased considerably, and several companies now have their own strategy and measures for sustainable production. But many challenges remain.
Representatives from Babusjka, Fremantle, Tordenfilm and Strix share their experiences and challenges with green production - and what demands they will make in the future.
Moderator is Birgitte Larsen. Director general of NRK, Olav Hypher, begins.
Music, more important than ever. Why? How do you ensure the best possible use of music – both with regards to the creative and the business aspects? Are framework agreements cakewalk or extreme sport? What happens to the music when the series is exported?
We share experiences and show Norwegian and international examples of best practice and potential traps. Joachim Alte of Ekko Agency takes a closer look on how music both can lift production value and strengthen the brand.
Moderator: Jakob Berg, NFI
How to pull the heartstrings of a young audience with music? And how to create, amplify and turn moods without the use of composer? Christine Heitmann discusses the music dogmas of the Petre series "17", and how they had to work smartly and differently with the music.
Norwegian-born Kari Skogland is one of Hollywood's most experienced and respected directors. Earlier this year, she was the director and executive producer of the Marvel series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and her resume includes Boardwalk Empire, The Americans, House of Cards and The Handmaid's Tale. In an exclusive session, we take a closer look at Skogland's career and learn what characterizes good storytelling, in her opinion.
Moderator: Audun Engelstad, postdoctoral fellow in film studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.
The HBO series Mare of Easttown was praised for its portrayal of a murder investigation in a shabby American small town. Critics particularly highlighted the way the series combined the roll-up of a murder mystery with a close portrait of a troubled investigator. The series was nominated for a whopping 16 Emmy Awards - two of which went to editor Amy E. Duddleston. In this session, she discusses how to find the perfect balance between crime series and family drama. Moderator is editor Morten Rønningen from NRK.
The audience wants to hear sounds. And many new entrants have joined the contention for the listeners' attention. But what's really going on out there? What does “write for sound” mean? And can TV people make sound drama?
Head of sound drama at NRK Gunhild Nymoen and NRK sound drama producer Ingrid Torjesen plays clips for us and considers at the big sound picture.
Behind several successful Norwegian series are creator duos: Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig have a long-standing collaboration, and together they’ve created "Witch Hunt" and "Acquitted", while Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune are the creators of the critically acclaimed series "22 July". They share their experiences of what it is like to work in such creative constellations and work processes: How do you divide the labour? How do you resolve disagreements? In what situations has such a collaboration been especially valuable?
Moderator: Ståle Stein Berg, NFI
The farmers follow a group of young men from somewhat less prosperous eastern part of Oslo who move to a farm in picturesque Telemark. They pretend to be driven by a common interest in agriculture, but actually harbor different and more ambitious plans. Life in the countryside turns out to be quite different from what the young men imagined, ranging from curious neighbors and a large herd of goats to an establishment grant from the municipality complicating matters considerably for them. One thing leads to another, and more or less against their will, the boys from Oslo end up entrepreneuring Norway's first producers of halal farmer cheese. Jordbrukerne is a story of community and belonging, and of finding meaning in life where you least expect it.
The series is produced by Rubicon for NRK.
In this session, you'll see clips and learn about the evolution of the series, what decisions the series creators have made, and why.
With: screenwriter and director Izer Ailu, and series creator and producer Anne Bjørnstad.
Moderator: Nedin Mutic of NFI
Series creators Marie Hafting and Linn-Jeanethe Kyed have both created soon-to-be-released series dealing with vulnerability. Linn-Jeanethe with Rådebank 3 and Marie with "Alt du elsker". "Alt du elsker" tells the story of a boy being radicalized into the far-right ideology.
The series creators discuss the use of different approaches to current issues to create authentic stories.
Moderator: Series creator Vilje Kathrine Hagen
In this autumn's new drama comedy on TV 2, Atle Antonsen and Ine Jansen bring to life a royal couple who must juggle declining popularity with everyday challenges and family life. Atle Antonsen (King Johan), Ine Jansen (Queen Isabella), Pål Huuse (producer) and Hallvar Witzø (director) share experiences from creating a brand-new humour universe. How do you balance credible relationship drama and comedy? How do you create funny, yet lovable characters? How far can you push the envelope whilst still retaining credibility?
Moderator: Asbjørn Slettemark.
How much research do they do? How long do they take to make a verdict? And not to mention, do they ever dare to admit that they were wrong? We talk to three high-profile Norwegian series critics about their everyday working lives, about what excites them the most, not to mention what they wish was different in Norwegian drama series.
Panel: Asbjørn Slettemark, Morten Ståle Nilsen and Marte Hedenstad
Moderator: Cecilie Asker
Vega Scene // ingensteds
30. september 2021