Director General of Danish public broadcaster DR, Maria Rørbye Rønn, is to be honoured with the International Emmy Directorate Award on behalf of DR for their sustained contribution to Danish drama.
Bruce L. Paisner, President of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said of the award:
“Maria Rørbye Rønn spearheads one of the world’s most ground breaking public service television organizations. Now an industry standard for excellence, Nordic Noir has become a genre in its own right, influencing screenwriters and inspiring audiences far beyond the Scandinavian Peninsula.”
Maria Rørbye Ronn told DR: “I am extremely proud on behalf of the whole of DR, and particularly on behalf of DR Fiction, who created the Nordic Noir genre. This award is a major acknowledgement, even though we are small in the world and have a strange little language, that for 14 years we have managed to hold on and become a major player on the international scene.”
“We tell stories about Denmark and the Danes worldwide. We do this through original quality content that differs from the rest of TV viewing in an increasingly globalised world. That’s why our focus is on developing writers, actors and directors as well as investing in creativity. Without Danish public service broadcasting, it could not be done.”
DR, who are best known for hits such as Borgen and The Killing, have earned 22 Emmy nominations in the drama category since 2002 and won Emmys for Rejseholdet (2002), Nikolaj og Julie (2003), Ørnen (2005) and Livvagterne (2009).
Maria Rørbye Ronn will be honoured at the 44th International Emmy Awards on November 21st, 2016 at the New York Hilton.