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East of Eden: Rethinking public service TV drama - the remarkable case of Borgen


How to get to East of Eden

Getting to East of Eden (Øst for Paradis) pick-up spot:

We will walk from Matematisk Kantine at 17:05. We will meet up just outside Matematisk Kantine (building 1536) in the green area. In doubt when getting there, look out for the Rethink Impact t-shirts.  
Walking distance: 1,2 km 
Walking time: 17 minutes

Getting there yourself:

You can easily access East of Eden (Øst for Paradis) on your own, if you prefer.East of Eden is located at Paradisgade 9C, 8000 Aarhus C and is reachable by bus or foot. The programme begins 17:30, so make sure to be there in time.



17:30 Arrival and wine with snacks in the cozy café

18:00 Q&A with writer-creator, executive producer, and co-founder at Sam Productions Adam Price hosted by Jakob Isak Nielsen associate professor.

19:15 Time for networking and socialising

Understand the success behind the Danish TV series Borgen when ECREA and associate professor at Aarhus University Jakob Isak Nielsen invites conference guests to join the Impact Tour hosted at the local art cinema East of Eden. 

At East of Eden (Øst for Paradis), they focus on smaller and non-mainstream movies from all over the world. The cinema will be the setting for the Impact Tour, where Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Jakob Isak Nielsen, will lead a Q and A with a writer-creator, executive producer, and co-founder at Sam Productions Adam Price about the remarkable success – and controversy – of Borgen. 

The TV success behind Borgen 

If television series are like journeys, then Danish TV drama Borgen (“Government”) is indeed a remarkable – if not a unique – example with surprising twists and turns. The production of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) was mired in political controversy even before a single second was shot. The show persevered. No one at DR really thought that a public service drama on Danish coalition politics would find an international audience. It did. After a successful run of three seasons (DR, 2010-2013) and wide international circulation, Borgen came to stand as one of DR’s flagship productions.  

Rethink Impact 

Borgen was recently “re-booted” as a result of an unprecedented collaboration between Netflix and DR which – yet again – caused controversy amongst Danish politicians. This demonstrates how an international streaming service like Netflix and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation rethinks a collaboration between international and national media operators.  

The Impact Tour at East of Eden 

By joining the Impact Tour, the attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the remarkable success of Borgen. The tour will be structured as a Q and A session, where Jakob Isak Nielsen accompanied with a surprise guest will talk about the controversy surrounding Borgen as well as how it has created an international following. 

Practical information: 

Date: 21 October 

Time: 17:30-19:30 

Location: Paradisgade 9C, 8000 Aarhus C 


Sign up for the Impact Tour to East of Eden when registering for the conference.  

Find more information regarding other Impact Tours here

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