Viaplay strikes extended content deal with Disney in Nordics

Disney has struck an extended content deal with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), providing the latter’s streamer Viaplay and its pay TV channels with an array of shows from the Mouse House. The multi-year deal will see Viaplay and Viasat pay-TV channels gaining exclusive first-pay rights to films from 20th Century Studios in the Nordic […]

ZDF Enterprises launches drama joint venture with German prodco NDF

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has linked up with Germany’s Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft (NDF) to launch a new production company that will create drama for ZDFE’s parent broadcaster. FictionMagnet Produktions will develop and produce scripted product for ZDF from its base near Munich, with NDF CEOs, Eric Welbers and Matthias Walther, heading up the new company. Plans […]

TV4’s Maria Mowbray & Cem Yeter launch prodco with private equity backing

Swedish exec duo Maria Mowbray and Cem Yeter, head of development and deputy head of channels at TV4, are stepping down to start a new production company that has been backed by private equity (PE). Dare Television, which is being launched with Swedish PE firm Holtback Group, will create and produce entertainment, documentary and drama […]

BBC buys Australian noir and French supernatural dramas

BBC buys Australian noir and French supernatural dramas The BBC has acquired two scripted series –  Australian noir The Secrets She Keeps and supernatural French drama The Last Wave. Acquired from DCD Rights, The Secrets She Keeps is a 6×60-minute Lingo Pictures series adaptation of author Michael Robotham’s novel of the same name. It is […]

Keshet takes ‘Christine Keeler’ around the world

Keshet International has struck a raft of sales deals for BBC One’s sex scandal drama The Trial of Christine Keeler. Deals have been completed in Australia, Benelux, Africa, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and New Zealand for the six part drama, which has just finished a well-received run in the UK. In Australia, KI has sold the […]

Liberty Global’s Telenet teams up with DPG Media to launch ‘Flemish Netflix’

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has joined forces with DPG Media, the owner of commercial broadcaster VTM, to build a new streaming service with local and international content. Telenet said that the pair want to respond as effectively as possible to changing viewing habits and to offer a local alternative to international streaming giants. […]

ProSiebenSat.1’s entertainment co-CEO steps down

The co-CEO of ProSiebenSat.1’s entertainment division has revealed she is to step down from her position at the German broadcaster after just a year in the role. Michaela Tod joined ProSieben in February last year following a management revamp under CEO Max Conze that saw its entertainment arm split off as a standalone company. Tod […]

‘Night On Earth’ prodco Plimsoll moves into scripted with Lisa Gilchrist

Plimsoll Productions, the UK-based outfit behind factual shows including Hostile Planet and Night On Earth, is launching a scripted division and has hired Lisa Gilchrist (Appropriate Adult) to run it. Gilchrist becomes head of drama at the prodco and will be tasked with developing original scripted series with an initial focus on factual drama for […]