Two More Portrait Artist of the Year Adaptations


The factual-entertainment format Portrait Artist of the Year is set for new treatments in Norway and Denmark.

In Norway, Nordisk Banijay is producing the first season for NRK. In Denmark, Mastiff Denmark will bring the show back to DR1 after a year-long hiatus.

There are six episodes recorded in museums across the country for NRK in Norway. Production for a 6×1-hour run is underway in Denmark for DR1.

Created in the U.K. by Storyvault and distributed internationally by Banijay, Portrait Artist of the Year gives gifted painters a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint a star from an illustrious cast of celebrity sitters.

Lucas Green, chief content officer at operations at Banijay, said: “Storyvault has created a masterpiece format with Portrait Artist of the Year and it’s brilliant to partner on the international rollout. These latest deals from Nordisk Banijay for NRK and Mastiff Denmark for DR1, along with the tenth anniversary celebration in the U.K., are a testament to how adaptable, joyful and accessible this show is. These values perfectly align with what many broadcasters are looking for right now.”

Sam Richards, co-founder of Storyvault, said: “Since its launch, Portrait Artist of the Year has been responsible for shining a light on over 800 emerging artists internationally, many of whom have gone on to much wider success. We are thrilled that both Norway and Denmark will have the opportunity to become part of the format’s legacy.”