Exact times, more sessions and all the guests TBA.

SEPTEMBER 26

PREMIERE NIGHT

Theatre 1

WOLVES, DRAGONS AND WHITE WALKERS: GAME OF THRONES DIRECTOR JEREMY PODESWA

6pm - 6.45pm

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!

Language: English

SNEAK PREVIEW OF HOME GROUND SEASON 2

7.15pm - 8pm

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 and actors Morten Svartveit, Emma Bones and Axel Bøyum tell us how they will meet expectations. You will also see exclusive clips from the new season.

Language: Norwegian

THE SECRET BEHIND THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SITCOM: FRIENDS

8.30pm - 9.15pm

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.

Language: English

Theatre 2

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. The series has already won two awards at the prestigious Canneseries festival. The exclusive pre-premiere of the already award-winning drama series marks the opening of this year's Nordic Drama Days. You’ll also meet script writer Mette Bølstad and actors Pia Tjelta, Amund Harboe and Per Kjerstad.

Language: Norwegian, episode is subtitled in English

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 series creator Patrik Syversen and actors Thorbjørn Harr and Ylva Angelina Lyng Fuglerud.

Language: Norwegian, episode is subtitled in English

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.

Language: French, episode is subtitled in English

WATCH THE SECOND EPISODE OF Lykkeland (STATE OF HAPPINESS)

9.30pm - 10.15pm

When you thought it was all over … We invite everybody to watch the second episode of State of Happiness after the official program is over! Immediately after the episode is done we’ll continue the party at Røverstaden with Kahoot, music and special guests.

Language: Norwegian, episode is subtitled in English

Theatre 3

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.

Language: Norwegian

PRE-PREMIERE: THE OIL FUND

7.15pm - 8pm

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 series creator along with lead actor Thomas «Fingern» Gullestad, writer Petter Holmsen and producer Espen Horn. You also get an exclusive premiere of the first episode.

Language: Norwegian

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WESTWORLD

8.30pm - 9.15pm

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.

Language: Norwegian

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.

Language: Norwegian

TV SERIES KAHOOT! WITH EINAR TØRNQUIST

10.15pm - 10.45pm

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.

Language: Norwegian

september 27

SEMINARS AND DEBATES

Theatre 1

THE STATE OF THE NATION

9am - 9.45am

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?

Language: Norwegian

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?

Language: Danish

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.

Language: English

'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.

Language: Norwegian/Danish/Swedish

COMING NEXT FROM NORWAY: PROMO BONANZA

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.

Language: English

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.

Language: English

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.

Language: English

Theatre 2

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.

Language: English

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.

Language: Norwegian

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! Moderator: Nedin Mutic, the Norwegian Film Institute.

Language: English

WHO KILLED BIRGITTE TENGS?

11am - 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.

Language: Norwegian

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.

Language: English

HOW HOME GROUND FILLED EMPTY SEATS

1.45pm - 2.30pm

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 …

Language: Norwegian

IDIOT’S GUIDE TO THE NORDIC STREAMING MARKET

2.45am - 3.05pm

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.

Language: Swedish

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NORTHLINGS AND THE SOUTHLINGS 

3.10pm - 3.30pm

Half a million customers give an unique first-hand access to what the Norwegian people watch, where they watch and who’s watching what. GET promises a complete GDPR-friendly session with a super-fast dive into the average TV-watchers common habits. Chief of communications, Sebastian Eidem, will give us a straight to the point-view on the differences between the northlings and the southlings, what people watch in the mornings vs. the evenings, as well as a demographic and geographic overview of the Norwegian TV customs.

Language: Norwegian

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?

Language: Norwegian

Theatre 3

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.

Language: English

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.

Language: Norwegian

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).

Language: Norwegian

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NORTH? – THE SCANDINAVIAN SHOWRUNNER SUMMIT SUMMARIZES

1.45pm - 2.30pm

Once upon a time the Swede, the Dane and the Norwegian wanted to find out who’s the best at making TV series. They talked long and good about their accomplishments, their great ideas and their best pointers. In the end they all agreed that it would be much better if they just learned from each other. They decided to create a Showrunner Summit, where showrunners from all over Scandinavia could meet up and get united across the borders, to share their knowledge about their ups and downs in the business.

This knowledge will be shared with the rest of us at the Nordic Series Days. Mammon-creator Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen will lead the session toghether with Katrina Wood from MediaXchange.

Language: English

STUDIO 2 PRESENTS: THE CHARACTERS WE LOVE

3.45 - 4.30

Three showrunners has made their own top three-list. Who’s their favorite TV show characters, and why pick exactly those? Join us when NRK P2’s Studio 2 invite for a live session with radio recordings. You’ll meet Siri Seljeseth (Young and Promising), Espen P. A. Lervaag (Maniac) and Anne Bjørnstad (Lilyhammer).

Moderator is Turi Grønbech, host at the radio show Studio 2 on NRK P2.

Language: Norwegian.

WELCOME TO THE PARTY OF THE YEAR!

Røverstaden 7pm – 1am

The only way to end a great festival is of course with a party. All of Norway’s film industry will gather at Røverstaden to celebrate all the great series we’ve been watching the last two days. The evenings toastmaster is comedian Espen P. A. Lervaag, the King of Instagram and creator of the drama series Maniac.

We’ll serve bubbles, TV Dinner, mingling, music by the great DJ Dizzet (Mikael Diseth, the producer of Oslo Zoo), and last but not least: Nordic Series Days Awards!

Last on the program is a completely magic show by the heads of drama, Ivar Køhn and Christopher Haug. They promise to give you a glimpse of their most dirty tricks …

Theatre 4

AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEAK BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE EPIC FILM ABOUT ROALD AMUNDSEN

11am – 11.45am

GET invites to a light lunch and an exclusive sneak peak behind the scenes of the epic film about Roar Amundsen, long before the premiere in February 2019. The film is about the life of one of Norway’s greatest heroes of all time. He put the country in the spotlight at a period where Norway just had become independent and helped creating a feeling of self-esteem for a small nation in a critical phase. The film will be a central chapter in Norwegian culture of 2019. We’ll hear the producers behind the film talk about the conception of the project, we’ll screen exclusive images from the set, and we’ll provide fresh experiences from the Norwegian film industry.  On stage: the production company Motion Blur and product manager Torbjørn Aamodt from GET.

Language: Norwegian