Maria Rørbye Rønn CEO & Director General of Nordic Noir drama pioneer DR to Receive 2016 International Emmy® Directorate Award

New York, June 9, 2016 – Maria Rørbye Rønn, the Chief Executive Officer & Director General of Danish Broadcasting Corporation, which pioneered and drove the success of Nordic Noir drama around the world, will receive the 2016 International Emmy® Directorate Award, on Monday, November 21, in New York City. DR is Denmark’s public service broadcasting institution. Some of its recent hits include Borgen, The Bridge and The Killing.

“Maria Rørbye Rønn spearheads one of the world’s most groundbreaking public service television organizations,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “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.”

Under Maria Rørbye Rønn’s leadership, DR has continued to assert itself and expand its position within Nordic Noir drama.

“As a small player in a reality of growing global media offerings we believe that original quality content is our main characteristics made possible due to the public service which allows us to invest in creative environments,” says Maria Rørbye Rønn . “I am immensely proud of the honor and share it with all my colleagues in DR. They are the true winners. On behalf of everyone at DR I want to thank the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for this recognition.”

DR has gone through a significant development as a public service broadcasting institution the past years. Besides creating original quality content the focus is on improving to provide public service content available across platforms. Thus DR supports the democratic debate and strengthens the cultural identity. Maria Rørbye Rønn started her career at DR in 1995 in the legal department and rose through the ranks by holding several key executive positions. She was appointed CEO/Director General in 2011.

For generations, DR’s drama series have drawn huge audiences in Scandinavia and increasingly throughout the world with global international distribution and local versions in the UK, France and the United States. DR boasts 22 International Emmy® Nominations, four International Emmy® Wins in the Drama Category for The Protectors (2009), The Eagle (2005), Nikolaj and Julie (2003), Unit One (2002) and one International Emmy® Win in the TV-Movie/Mini-Series Category for Young Anderson(2005).


About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards held in New York, The International Emmy® Kids Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances, Kids programming and Digital. For more information, go to

About DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation)
DR is Denmark’s oldest and largest electronic media organization founded in 1925. DR is an independent, licence fee financed public service organization providing news, culture, education, music and entertainment via television, radio, online services, mobile platforms and live events. It has a reach of 96 percent of the Danish population each week.


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