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MeCETES team participate in TV from Small Nations seminar

MeCETES team members Eva Novrup Redvall (University of Copenhagen) and Tim Raats (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) participated in a research seminar hosted by the University of South Wales in Cardiff on November 16, 2015.

The ‘Television from Small Nations’ network is a multidisciplinary international research network that addresses specific challenges and opportunities facing broadcasters and producers in small markets. The seminar brought together industry professionals and media scholars to discuss amongst others, the financing and sustainability of TV drama, thresholds for cross-boundary export, the importance of location and the narrative strategies in Nordic television drama

Special attention was devoted to the production of Hinterland/Y Gwyll, an S4C crime drama set in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth and shot back-to-back in Welsh and in English. Meanwhile, Tim briefly explained the specificity and thresholds for sustaining TV drama in the Flemish TV market (i.e. the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium).

The research seminar was followed by a panel discussion on the success of Nordic Noir, hosted by the Welsh Royal Television Society. Eva highlighted some of the current trends in Danish TV drama, alongside Anne Rudbaek, producer of the upcoming Danish TV2 drama Norskov. Norskov tells a story about a police investigator returning to his hometown to deal with the drug crime, following a tragic drug-related event.

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