RTL Group merges MCN firms to create major digital studio

RTL Group is merging its digital video businesses under Berlin-based Divimove to create a leading European studio outfit representing more than 1,000 creators. The business is combining United Screens, its digital video business in the Nordics, with its digital video company Divimove. Plans are also in place to integrate its Dutch RTL MCN into the […]

RTL acquires Nordic online video network for $15m

RTL has fully acquired Nordic multiplatform video network United Screens for a price of SEK 120 million US$15 million). RTL said the deal, which was announced today and closed on January 2, would expand its footprint as “the leading European media company in online video”. As part of the deal RTL said it also plans […]

Fremantle ups investment in MCN Divimove

FremantleMedia has upped its investment in European multichannel network Divimove. Thought RTL Group-owned Fremantle’s stake remains at 75%, the new cash ensures Divimove founders Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam remain in their respective CEO, marketing and audience posts for another two years. This is in stark contrast to RTL’s strategy with another […]

Fremantle buys into social football biz

FremantleMedia has acquired a near-35% stake in London-based football media business Squawka, which offers news, rumours and social media content to fans. Squawka will sit alongside FremantleMedia’s multichannel network The Football Republic and work with the MCN’s parent, FremantleMedia UK’s digital studio, Shotglass Media. Launched in 2012 by Sanjit Atwal and Leo Harrison, Squawka produces […]

Divimove unveils YouTube channel stats

Divimove has released an array of statistics about the top-performing channels and talent on YouTube. The FremantleMedia-backed MCN said it was a ‘pet annoyance’ that YouTube stats are thin on the ground, or out of date, so it was releasing its own research, based on tracking 1.5 million YouTube channels. The Germany-based firm said that, […]

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

RTL MCN plots BMG music artists push

Multi-channel network BroadbandTV is partnering with Bertelsmann stablemate and music publisher BMG on an initiative to push emerging artists to YouTube and digital audiences. The two firms have created Windfall, which they say is “a model set for the digital age, providing an end-to-end solution to find, develop, and service artists across all platforms”. In […]

RTL MCN buys kids and family channels group

RTL’s multichannel operator BroadbandTV has acquired YoBoHo, a YouTube networks curator and content producer. The deal, for an undisclosed amount, sees BroadbandTV add a company with a library of more than 8,000 original videos in the kids space, 27 education- and preschool-focused channels, and more than three billion views a year. Among YoBoHo’s assets is […]

FremantleMedia takes stake in Danish drama firm

Global producer-distributor FremantleMedia has acquired 51% of Danish drama producer Miso Film. The deal, for an undisclosed amount, gives RTL-owned FremantleMedia the option to buy the rest of the shares at a later date. Drama production duo Jonas Allen and Peter Bose founded Miso in 2004 and have focused on high end TV drama and […]