Maria Rørbye Rønn
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Danish Broadcasting Corp.



Rønn continues to champion Danish productions despite the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) suffering a 20 percent budget cut in 2018. DR is decreasing output and is expected to reduce its TV channels from six to three and cut its number of radio stations after a licensing fee was scrapped. But it is joining forces with pubcasters in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland to counter competition from the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Rønn, appointed acting CEO and director general in 2016, was honored in 2016 with an International Emmy Directorate Award for her role in bringing Nordic noir to the world. Among the milestone dramas she’s overseen are 2011’s “The Killing” and murder mystery “The Bridge” and the political series “Borgen” (Danish for “Parliament”).  


  • Danish Broadcasting Corp.
  • Court of Odense (DEFUNCT)
  • The Ministry of Culture (Denmark)


  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Nordic Pubcasters Join Forces on Production to Compete With Streamers Like Netflix

Nordic Pubcasters Join Forces on Production to Compete With Streamers Like Netflix

Faced with fierce competition from global streaming services such as Netflix, public broadcasters in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland have joined forces to jointly produce ambitious Scandi series.DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland and RUV in Iceland issued a statement Monday saying that they had "agreed on a new common strategy for greater co-production of drama productions." The alliance was announced on the heels of a meeting in Stockholm where reps from each...


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