Facebook to publicize ‘Shame’

The social media giant Facebook revealed Wednesday that it has secured rights to stream the upcoming North American version of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s hit TV series Skam (Shame). It will thus become one of the original series to be offered by Facebook’s new streaming service, Facebook Watch. “When I first heard about Skam (which launched […]

NRK challenged on selling ‘Shame’

UPDATED: An Internet-based drama series featuring the lives of four teenage girls in Oslo has become so popular during its first year on the air that producer NRK seemed likely to find buyers for it abroad. The first episode of the series called Skam (Shame) was one of the most-seen on NRK’s “nett TV” ever, but now […]

Norwegian wins an Emmy Award

Actress Anneke von der Lippe has become the first Norwegian to win an Emmy Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Von der Lippe won the prize for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as a police investigator in the NRK series Øyevitne (Eyewitness). “I can’t manage to think much right now, […]

Choir marathon topped ratings

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s decision to air 60 hours of choir-singing in a row during the weekend ended up attracting around 2 million viewers during the course of the marathon broadcast. Not bad, in a country of just 5 million people. Around 87,000 viewers turned in at any one time, NRK reported on Tuesday as ratings […]

Choir marathon sang all weekend

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s latest venture into producing “slow TV” got underway on Friday, when the first of around 200 choirs started singing their way through the entire Norwegian hymn book. A total of 899 psalms were sung by choirs around Norway and also in the state of Iowa in the US, which has a population that includes a large […]

World Cup finals fever hit Norway

Around 1.46 million Norwegians watched Sunday night’s FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, making it the most-watched football final since 1.5 million Norwegians saw Italy take on France in the 2000 European Championship final. While Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and TV2 were thrilled with the audience numbers, legendary Norwegian coach Nils Arne Eggen said […]

Nesbø all over page, stage and screen

Prolific Norwegian author Jo Nesbø released his latest crime novel Sønnen (The Son) this week, a mere nine months after putting out his last book. Hollywood stars are already clamouring to turn it into a movie, he has several other film and TV adaptions in the works, has signed on to retell Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and both […]

NRK’s ‘Mammon’ TV show exported abroad

Several hundred thousand Norwegians were expected to settle down in front of their TVs again Monday evening to watch the latest episode of NRK’s new TV thriller Mammon, and they’ll soon be joined by many more viewers around the world. The show has become the latest NRK production to be sold overseas, despite some mixed […]

Celebrities galore at comedian’s funeral

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Crown Prince Haakon, Health Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and a long list of Norwegian entertainers were among those paying tribute to late comedian Rolv Wesenlund, as he was laid to rest in a funeral financed in his honour by the state on Thursday. It was a Swedish entertainer, though, Sven-Bertil Taube, […]

Hamar company celebrates its ‘historic’ Emmy

A television production company in Hamar was celebrating its coveted Emmy award this week, after bringing home the prestigious television industry award after last weekend’s ceremony in New York. Fabelaktiv, with just 14 employees, can now claim that it’s behind one of the world’s best TV series for children and youth. Its Emmy Kids Award […]