Drama as Flagship Productions: Small-Nation Television and Digital Distribution

  • Vilde Schanke SundetEmail author
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


Several studies have addressed the international success of Danish television drama. Somewhat in the shadow of these success stories, we find Norwegian television drama, which has developed a different approach in which novel and digital distribution is a key component. In fact, two of the internationally best-known Norwegian television dramas, the NRK–Netflix production Lilyhammer (produced by Rubicon TV, 2012–2014) and the online teen drama SKAM (NRK, 2015–2017), share a novel approach to distribution for which they have become acknowledged as ‘digital flagship productions’, not only in Norway and Scandinavia, but also internationally. Based on industry reports, material from the trade press, and industry interviews, this chapter analyses Norwegian drama in the aftermath of the Danish success and the global lessons that can be taken from this.


Television drama Public service broadcaster Production culture NRK Lilyhammer SKAM 


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  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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