Portrait Artist of the Year, the popular British entertainment format celebrating its 10th anniversary on September 30 on Sky Arts with Dame Judi Dench, is set for a Norwegian adaptation produced by Nordisk Banijay.
Created by British company Storyvault, Portrait Artist of the Year is an art competition series that gives aspiring artists the opportunity to paint a star from an illustrious cast of celebrity performers, including actors, authors, athletes and musicians.
The Norwegian contract negotiated by Banijay Nordic stipulates that Nordisk Banijay will produce a first season for NRK. All six episodes of the Norwegian version will be recorded in museums across the country.
The top-rated show will also return to Denmark for a fifth season, where Banijay-owned label Mastiff Denmark is producing for broadcaster DR1.
The show celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sky Arts with a special episode in which the winner of each series returns to paint Dench. This year’s winner will receive a £10,000 commission to create a portrait of conservationist and ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall, which will be exhibited at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery in December.
“Storyvault has created a masterpiece with Portrait Artist of the Year and it’s great to be part of the international launch,” said Lucas Green, CCO of Operations at Banijay. “These latest deals from Nordisk Banijay for NRK and Mastiff Denmark for DR1; together with the 10thTh The anniversary celebration in the UK is a testament to how adaptable, joyful and accessible this show is.” Green said the series cultivates values that are “perfectly aligned with what many broadcasters are looking for right now.”
Sam Richards, co-founder of Storyvault, said Portrait Artist of the Year was “responsible for shining a spotlight on over 800 emerging artists around the world, many of whom have gone on to much greater success.”
Led by Erlend Røeggen, Nordisk Banijay is behind a number of reality, entertainment and factual hits, including “71 Degrees North” and “All Against 1”. Mastiff Denmark, on the other hand, is led by Kristian Farcin-Leth and produces local versions of global formats such as Starstruck and Good Luck Guys, as well as new IPs such as Drag Me Out.
https://variety.com/2023/tv/global/portrait-artist-of-the-year-norway-banijay-denmark-1235722041/ Portrait Artist of the Year debuts in Norway and returns to Denmark