Maria Rorbye Ronn
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Danish Broadcasting Corp.



When she was appointed acting CEO/director general of public radio and television broadcaster Danish Broadcasting Corporation in 2011, one of the country’s dailies wrote, “Unknown Lawyer Will Rule DR.” But Ronn is now a regular in local media, honored in 2016 with an International Emmy Directorate Award for her role in bringing Nordic noir to the world. She oversaw the development of milestone dramas in the genre such as “The Killing,” “Borgen” and “The Bridge” and continues to drive these productions despite the pubcaster’s budget suffering a 20 percent cut after its license fee was scrapped. Ronn is joining forces with pubcasters in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland to counter substantial competition from the likes of Netflix and Amazon.


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


  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Variety Honors

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

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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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