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TBI Weekly: Originals propel local SVOD success

This week, MTG revealed its Nordic SVOD service Viaplay has seen positive results as the streamer brought in more originals than ever in 2017. During this time, and with eight new originals in tow, the Nordic service has seen viewing time increase by 25%, and the number of customers grow by 21% between 2016 and […]

Stats show SVOD net Viaplay climbed 25% last year as new original arises

Nordic subscription video-on-demand service Viaplay saw viewing time increase by 25% during 2017, according to stats released by parent company MTG. Customers spent an average of 32 hours per month streaming Viaplay last year, while the number of started streams rose 40.5% between 2016 and 2017. Over the same period, MTG said the total number […]

MTG sells Bulgaria’s Nova Group

MTG has sold its 95% shareholding in Nova Broadcasting Group in Bulgaria in a deal that values the full business at €185 million (SEK 1.83 billion). MTG sold its Nova stake to PPF Group, the investment company controlled by Czech billionaire and businessman Petr Kellner, with the deal forming part of MTG’s ongoing strategic transformation […]

TDC board could drop MTG plans as potential bidder appears

TDC’s board of directors could drop plans to buy MTG’s broadcasting and entertainment business after being approached by a potential bidder for the full company. In a statement released this morning TDC said its board “would intend to withdraw its recommendation of the transaction with MTG to combine MTG’s Nordic entertainment and studios businesses with […]

MTG agrees to sell Nordic TV and entertainment assets

MTG has agreed to sell its Nordic broadcasting and entertainment business to Danish telco TDC in a deal that values the business at SEK19.55 billion (US$2.5billion). MTG will merge its Nordic Entertainment and MTG Studios businesses, which employ 1,800 people combined, with TDC to create a fully integrated media and communications provider. The new company […]

MTG sells Trace stake at €40 million valuation

MTG has agreed to sell its 75% stake in youth broadcaster Trace in a deal that values 100% of the business at an enterprise value of €40 million (approximately SEK 392 million). MTG agreed to sell its majority stake in the media group to TPG Growth, a division of investment firm TPG that has more […]

MTG drafts in ex-DR, Metronome execs for new Danish digital studio

Scandinavian broadcaster and production group MTG is launching a digital studio in Denmark, with former DR and Metronome execs joining as a result. Nice One Denmark will be part of MTG’s Nice Entertainment Group. Nice One brands already exist in Sweden and Norway. Metronome Productions digital business chief Klara Sofie Svendsen and former DR1 and […]

Viaplay originals greenlight flurry continues

Another day, another new original drama for Scandinavia SVOD service Viaplay. The MTG-owned service has commissioned suspense thriller Rig 45, its third greenlight in four days. Rig 45 comes from MTG Studios, the production arm of European content group MTG. The series follows a woman (Catherine Walker, Versailles), who is greeted with a wall of […]

Voice co-creator named Strix Benelux CEO

A former Talpa Media and BBC entertainment exec credited for co-creating The Voice and I Love My Country has joined Strix Benelux as CEO, with Roy Aalderink exiting. Vincent Dijkema (pictured) will lead the Nice Entertainment Group-owned prodco from January 2018, replacing Aalderink, who left the business earlier this autumn. Aalderink had been in the […]

Viaplay chief exits as MTG rejig continues

Ira Gladnikoff, head of Viaplay, is leaving Scandinavia-based broadcaster MTG as the company continues to restructure its Nordic entertainment business. Gladnikoff will exit to “take on new challenges outside MTG” after less than six months in the role, with a number of other executives taking on new responsibilities. Yesterday, TBI reported on a number of […]

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