Nordiske Seriedager

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SEPTEMBER 26

PREMIERE NIGHT

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WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE FINAL SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES

6pm - 8.45pm

Jeremy Podeswa has directed some of the most hotly discussed episodes of Game of Thrones. Among others, he orchestrated the season seven finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on this episode, and since the prize is awarded in mid-September, we may have the pleasure of having a newly crowned Emmy winner onstage, explaining what it is like working on the world's indisputably most popular TV series right now. He will also give some pointers on what to expect from the eight and final season. This is an unmissable occasion!

SNEAK PREVIEW OF HOME GROUND SEASON 2

7pm - 7.45pm

The first season of NRK’s drama series Home Ground was loved by both public and critics, and sparked heated debate around the topic of female trainers in top-level football. How do you follow up a season that worked on so many levels? Creator Johan Fasting, producer Vilje Kathrine Hagen and two of the actors (TBA) tell us how they will meet expectations. You will also see exclusive clips from the new season.

THE SECRET BEHIND THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SITCOM: FRIENDS

8pm - 8.45pm

Despite the series going off the air in 2004 we just can’t say goodbye, and FRIENDS is still winning new fans across the globe. Why is that so many 20-year-olds want to stream a 20-year-old series about a gang of 20-somethings who hang out in a café? We have a thousand questions for series co-creator Marta Kauffman when she comes to Nordic Drama Days in order to share her knowledge. You surely won’t want to miss this? Moderator Thomas Giertsen.

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PRE-PREMIERE OF NRK’S LYKKELAND (STATE OF HAPPINESS)

6pm - 7pm

The major venture Lykkeland depicts the rags to riches tale of Norway’s oil era, and the series has cost NOK 100 million to produce. Can such an ambitious production live up to expectations? The exclusive pre-premiere of the already award-winning drama series marks the opening of this year's Nordic Drama Days.

PRE-PREMIERE OF TV2’S KIELER STREET

7.15pm - 8.15pm

TV2’s major drama project for autumn 2018 is about Jonas, who resides on Kieler Street. Here he has started a family in the sleepy town of Slusvik, which is also known as Scandinavia’s least crime-ridden location. Life here is nothing but joy and contentment, no one there would hurt a fly. For Jonas, who has a dark past, this is the perfect hiding place. We have seen the trailer and look forward to watching this exclusive preview during Nordic Drama Days. We will also get a unique meeting with the series creators and some of the actors.

WORLD PREMIERE (!) OF LE BUREAU SEASON FOUR

8.30pm - 9.15pm

More than one of us have been dragged into the exiting and unpredictable world of the French Spy-Drama The Bureau over the last years. The show have provided us realistic imagery from some of the worlds most dangerous conflicts, and many critics calls it one of the very best series at the moment. So, what will happen in the fourth season of the European version of Homeland? Will it start where it left us hanging in last season’s finale? What will happen with Malotru and Nadia? You’ll get all the answers at the exclusive pre-première at Nordic Drama Days 2018.

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COMING NEXT FROM NORWAY

6pm - 6.45pm

What will be the next major drama project from Norway? We’ve gotten our hands on exclusive and unique previews from Norway’s next shows – directly from the editors’ room. Per Sundnes, Norway's biggest series enthusiast and our version of Graham Norton, presents new and exciting projects from the Norwegian drama scene. He’ll lead you through an evening of never-before-shown clips and trailers that will keep you updated on the most exciting news from 2019.

PRE-PREMIERE: THE OIL FUND

7pm - 7.45pm

The Oil Fund is described as a «dramedy» about the Norwegian state’s pension fund, a fund for investment of revenues from Norway’s petroleum sector. Is this new series from Viaplay an involuntary successor to NRK’s State of Happiness? How have they worked to create comedy from money management? And how has film director Harald Zwart coped with the transition from Hollywood blockbusters to creating Norwegian mid-budget tv series? Get all the answers when you meet Zwart along with lead actor Thomas «Fingern» Gullestad. You also get an exclusive premiere of the first episode.

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WESTWORLD

8pm - 8.45pm

Since the inauguration of Nordic Drama Days we have tried to get Westworld star Ingrid Bolsø Berdal to our festival, and this year she is coming! We will finally get to hear about everything that happens on the Westworld set, how she got the role and what it is like to work with star director Jonathan Nolan in this weird but fantastic universe where western meets science fiction. Moderator Hasse Hope.

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STUDIo 2 PRESENTS: THE CHARACTERS WE LOVE

7pm - 7.45pm

Three prolific people from the Norwegian TV series industry present their favorite characters. Who are their favorite characters from TV series - and why just these? With Unge lovende creator Siri Seljeseth and TBA. Moderator: Turi Grønbech, host of radio show Studio 2 on NRK P2.

MAKING A MURDERER SEEN FROM THE OTHER SIDE

8pm - 8.45pm

True crime series Making a Murderer was a giant hit in 2015, but it primarily focused on telling the story from the point of view of Steven Avery and his family. This decision resulted in criticism for the series creators. Now American director and producer Shawn Rech wants to counterbalance the one-sided focus by telling the story as seen from the viewpoint of the police and the justice system, in a new documentary: Convicting a Murderer. Rech is attending Nordic Drama Days to talk about his working process. He will also have the European premiere of the first clips from the series here in Oslo.

Røverstaden

WE LOVE SIDE OM SIDE (SIDE BY SIDE)

9.30pm - 10.15pm

Actors from Side by Side gather on the sofa and sound off! Blogger and author Linnéa Myhre is the series’ biggest fan and she takes the opportunity to ask everything she has ever wondered about – and a bit more. Side by Side has been a huge success for NRK TV and this is the first time that actors and series creators meet the public like this. This exclusive event gathers Jon Almaas, Steinar Sagen, Tore Sagen, Vidar Magnussen, Hans Morten Hansen, Henriette Marø and creators Marit Åslein and Sigmund Falch on stage.

TV SERIES KAHOOT! WITH EINAR TØRNQUIST

10.15pm - 11.00pm

Quiz legend and TV series nerd Einar Tørnquist poses tricky and entertaining questions from the world of television series. This will give you the chance to find out if you can call yourself a true TV series nerd or whether you should use this autumn to brush up your knowledge. The winner can expect to receive a nifty surprise.

september 27

SEMINARS AND DEBATES

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THE STATE OF THE NATION

9am - 9.30am

It is time to take stock before everything kicks off. Author, series creator and producer Arne Berggren checks the current pulse of Norwegian series makers, TV channels and the series industry. How are things going, really? Was that a completely honest answer? And what does the government think about the various new series being produced? Arne holds the scissors before Culture Minister Trine Skei Grande cuts the ribbon to officially open the Nordic Drama Days' second day. Also, does the minister have any ‘guilty pleasures’ TV shows?

TRENDSPOTTING WITH KELD REINICKE

10am - 10.45am

Keld Reinicke is known in Denmark for giving the TV industry the overview needed to understand the major Nordic media challenges. Nordic fiction is in the midst of turbulent times, he says. Reinicke tells us where Nordic fiction finds itself just now in relation to the rest of the world. Which strategies are the wisest and what can we expect in the coming years?

THE CLASH OF THE EMMY BROTHERS

11am - 11.45am

When you start your career with writing and producing a couple of seasons of all-times mafia favorite The Sopranos, you might as well just stop there. Still, Todd Kessler has done pretty well for himself after that. Together with his brother, Glenn Kessler, he has created the successful series Damages and Bloodline, which has given them a Golden Globe and many Emmy-nominations. We’ll meet Kessler in conversation with Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen, who in 2017  won an International Emmy Award for the hit series Mammon together with his brother Vegard.

'THE LAST THING THE WORLD NEEDS IS A NEW 55 MINUTE, 10-EPISODES LONG, CRIME SERIES'

12.45pm - 1.30pm

What did the new Head of Drama at DR mean with this statement, and what does the world need instead? TV2’s Head of Drama Christopher Haug and NRK’s Ivar Køhn meet their Nordic colleagues,  Josefine Tengblad from TV4, Katrine Vogelsang from Danish TV2, Christian Rank from DR, Jarmo Lampele from YLE and Anna Croneman from SVT to debate the future of television drama. Moderator: Aftenposten’s culture editor, Sarah Sørheim.

COMING NEXT FROM NORWAY

1.45pm - 2.30pm

What will be the next major drama project from Norway? We’ve gotten our hands on exclusive and unique previews from Norway’s next shows – directly from the editors’ room. Per Sundnes, Norway's biggest series enthusiast and our version of Graham Norton, presents new and exciting projects from the Norwegian drama scene. He’ll lead you through an evening of never-before-shown clips and trailers that will keep you updated on the most exciting news from 2019.

FRIENDS: WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?

2.45pm - 3.30pm

Despite the series going off the air in 2004 we just can't say goodbye, and FRIENDS is still winning new fans across the globe. Why is that so many 20-year-olds want to stream a 20-year-old series about a gang of 20-somethings who hang out in a café? We have a thousand questions for series co-creator Marta Kauffman when she comes to Nordic Drama Days in order to share her knowledge. You surely won’t want to miss this? Moderator: Lars Gudmestad, Norwegian script writer.

A MEETING WITH STAR DIRECTOR JEREMY PODESWA

3.45pm - 4.30pm

Jeremy Podeswa has directed some of the most hotly discussed episodes of Game of Thrones. Among others, he orchestrated the season finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’. Podeswa also has a range of other series on his CV, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones, Here and Now, Ray Donovan, The Walking Dead, True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Dexter, True Blood and Six Feet Under. He will be interviewed by Erik Richter Strand, director/scriptwriter of Occupied and Valkyrie.

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MURDER FOR BREAKFAST: CONVICTING A MURDERER

08.15 - 08.50

True crime series Making a Murderer was a giant hit in 2015, but it primarily focused on telling the story from the point of view of Steven Avery and his family. This decision resulted in criticism for the series creators. Now American director and producer Shawn Rech wants to counterbalance the one-sided focus by telling the story as seen from the viewpoint of the police and the justice system, in a new documentary: Convicting a Murderer. Rech kicks off the festival’s second day to talk about his working process. He will also have the European premiere of the first clips from the series here in Oslo.

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WESTWORLD

9am - 9.45am

Since the inauguration of Nordic Drama Days we have tried to get Westworld star Ingrid Bolsø Berdal to our festival, and this year she is coming! We will finally get to hear about everything that happens on the Westworld set, how she got the role and what it is like to work with star director Jonathan Nolan in this weird but fantastic universe where western meets science fiction.

THIS IS US: NORDIC COMPANIES' SHOWCASE

10am - 10.45am

What is cooking in the North? Which new shows are being developed at the Nordic companies? We have invited a group of Nordic players to Nordic Drama Days. Their task: Present your company through an upcoming project! Welcome to an exclusive showcase for fresh Nordic content!

WHO KILLED BIRGITTE TENGS?

11.00am - 11.45pm

Now there are Norwegian series coming in a style similar to Convicting a Murderer. Who Killed Birgitte Tengs? will take up the story of the unsolved murder in Karmøy from 1995. Scriptwriter and director Bjørn Olav Jahr, who based the script on his own book of the same name, will speak about his work on the program at this year’s Nordic Drama Days.

SKAM: THE GLOBAL FOOTPRINT

12.45pm - 1.30pm

Three years after the premiere in Norway, adaptations of SKAM have now been produced in six countries. And more are underway. To handle the need for consultation, NRK has now created an introductory program for international SKAM producers.

This has been referred to as the “SKAM University”, a two-day summit in Oslo with individual country-specific training after the introductory seminar. But has this worked as intended? SKAM producer Marianne Furevold and NRK’s head of format Ole Hedemann tell more about the challenges of exporting the hit show. They also show clips from and trailers for the different incarnations around the globe.

HOW HOME GROUND FILLED EMPTY SEATS

12.45pm - 1.30pm

Almost all the live action football scenes in Home Ground were shot in front of an empty stadium. Still, the stands were full of enthusiastic footie fans in the final edit. What happened with the scenes from shooting until the show was ready to air? And how is it possible to shoot an audience in Oslo and use the material to fill stadium seats in Ulsteinvik?

Home Ground’s VFX supervisor Otto Thorbjørnsen from Stardust Effects tells you all about how well-executed VFX can cut costs and open up possibilites that were unthinkable of only a few years ago. And by a click of a mouse he’ll pull of a spectacular VFX trick and transform the theatre …

IDIOT’S GUIDE TO THE NORDIC STREAMING MARKET

11.00am - 11.45pm

The Nordic television industry is currently in the midst of a transformation between traditional and new. A lot still remains, but the conteurs are evident: Competition is increasing proportionally to the number of actors on the market. In this stiff contest, what is the best way to attract customers to your on-demand service? How important are “originals” to viewers? And how is it possible to stay local in a global market?

Marie Nilsson, vice director in the Swedish analysis bureau Mediavision, gives you the complete lowdown on Nordic streaming.

PITCHORAMA

3.45pm - 4.30pm

Did you ever ask yourself: What will Norway do now that SKAM is over? Would you like to know which series ideas we have faith in right now? Scriptwriters from all over the country have for the last months sent us their best projects, with the hopes of being the lucky ones who will get a chance to practise their perfect pitch together with some of Norway’s best mentors.

Thursday is the moment of truth: who has the best idea, and who will win the cash prize and all the glory?

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THE SECOND WAVE: DEVELOPMENT OF NET-BASED DRAMA

9am - 9.45am

Web-based drama and real-time publishing has become an established format, especially in Norway.

What is to learn about this “second wave” of web drama? What are the expectations of the audience? Which pros and cons does the format give in terms and production and dramaturgy? And how is it possible to renew the format in an ever-changing television industry?

Post.doc Vilde Schanke Sundet at the Inland Norwegian University of Applied Sciences presents her research on web-based drama and its fan culture.

THE RIDDLE: THE FOUNDATION OF DRAMATURGY

10am - 11.30am

The biggest challenge of crime drama is to keep up the interest for the who, what and why of the story throughout an entire season. In other words: The art of maintaining a riddle.

In this master class you will get an insight into main principles in how to handle the crime riddle within the many shapes and forms of the crime genre. You will also learn techniques on keeping the viewer interested even after the body has been identified, the burglary has been committed or the plans for the assassinations have been revealed.

Audun Engelstad is professor in audiovisual media at the Norwegian Inland University of Applied Sciences. He has done research on the dramaturgy of classic crime stories and has wide experience in teaching film and television.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MUSIC RIGHTS

12.45pm - 1.30pm

Just a big hit in Norway, or are you planning a TV series that will take the entire world by storm? What about the music? Do you have to purchase worldwide rights for music before you start, in case the show goes to export – or can you wait? What are the first things you need to think about here at home? What are the rules abroad? And which mistakes are best avoided?

In this session you will get handy tips. Speakers are Lars Lønne, special advisor in music licensing from NRK’s legal department, and Kai Robøle, head of Norwegian publishing group Music Norway and of ARM (Arctic Rights Management).

THE NORWEGIAN, THE SWEDE AND THE DANE

1.45pm - 2.30pm