New trends in commissioning and financing audiovisual content in Europe

Panel discussion on the future of video entertainment services on demand and the fragmentation of the audiences.


  • Angus Finney, Associate Professor at the University of Exeter (UK)
  • Hanne Palmquist, Commissioning Editor and VP of Original Programming at HBO Nordic
  • Rasmus Helles, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen 

The European media industries are currently undergoing major changes. Some of these changes relate to new commissioning and financing structures, shifting patterns of distribution and still more fragmented audiences now watching film and television fiction on many different platforms.

This panel explores how national film and television cultures best navigate in the current film and television landscape and the kind of content that seems to work for the traditional national players as well as for the international Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) services that have entered the European market in the past few years.

Industry specialist Angus Finney (University of Exeter) opens the panel with a brief presentation of some of the major disruptions, challenges and possibilities that the European media industries are currently facing. Rasmus Helles (University of Copenhagen) presents the findings from a report for the Nordic Film & TV Fond about the distribution and reception of Nordic TV drama, thus providing a general overview of some of the production and distribution patterns in the Nordic television market. Hanne Palmquist (HBO Nordic) shares her experience of commissioning content for HBO Nordic and compares it to her previous work as a commissioner for The Nordic Film & TV Fond, The Danish Film Institute and the Swedish public service broadcaster SVT.

The panel is organized by Petar Mitric and Eva Novrup Redvall with support from the Centre for Modern European Studies.