Research on ‘The Killing’ takes Media Lecturer to Denmark

Dr. Andrea Esser, Principal Lecturer in Media & Communications has been awarded a grant (£36,000) as part of her involvement in the project 'What Makes Danish TV Drama Series Travel?'

Posted: 24 September 2014

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Dr. Andrea Esser, Principal Lecturer in Media & Communications
The research investigates why Danish TV dramas, including The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen, are currently selling so well internationally and are popular with critics and audiences alike. The project will use a combination of elite interviews with TV programme buyers and distributors, textual analysis and audience research in six countries around the globe.

The research is headed by Dr. Anne Marit Waade, Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University. It is funded by two grants, a Danish Research Council Grant and an Aarhus University ‘AU Ideas’ grant with a combined value of £600,000.

Dr Esser was asked to join the project as an international consultant because of her expertise in the internationalisation of television and particularly TV programme distribution and because of her AHRC-funded Media Across Borders network. As part of Dr Esser's involvement in the project she will spend the next six months as a visiting professor at the Aarhus University, Denmark.

She is Programme Convener for the BA Media, Culture & Identity and BA Mass Communications. Her research interests include media internationalisation, contemporary TV industry trends, audience research and cultural globalisation.

Andrea will be at the Aarhus University from September 2014 to March 2015.

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