Jakob Mejlhede Andersen

Viaplay calls on Peppy Pals for new kids original

Scandinavian SVOD service Viaplay is getting its second kids TV original – a 16-part series based on a popular children’s app. Peppy Pals follows on from The Great Escape, which premiered on the service in December last year as a first original for children. It is also the first original announced since Ira Gladnikoff succeeded […]

Drama at the members’ club

Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox tell TBI about Atrium, their new club for platforms that want to source their own high-end drama series. Howard Stringer is known, among other things, for running Sony, producing for CBS, and until recently, being a non-exec director of UK pubcaster the BBC. His new venture is a first-of-its-kind members […]

MTG moves into kids TV

The Modern Times Group has commissioned The Big Experiment, its first original kids series. The Scandi pay TV group has been commissioning originals for its Viaplay SVOD service and the new kids show will also play on the premium streaming service. Announcing the move into kids TV, it said it wants to become the leading […]

MTG ups content execs

The Modern Times Group has promoted two of its senior programming execs. Vanda Rapti (left) is upped to senior VP of acquisitions and Christian Albeck to SVP, content partnerships and operations. Rapti has been promoted from VP of acquisitions. She buys for a range of free and pay TV channels across numerous territories. Having joined […]

MTG’s free TV, VOD arms join for drama

Modern Times Group’s free-to-air channel TV3 and online streaming service Viaplay are to coproduce a Nordic drama based on Finnish scripted series Black Widows. Shooting on the eight-part series, which stars Peter Stormare (Fargo) begins this summer ahead of a premiere in Sweden, Norway and Denmark next year. Stormare will play the male lead opposite […]

MTG ups Mejlhede Andersen to exec board

Jakob Mejlhede Andersen has promoted to European broadcaster MTG’s executive management team. Formerly known just as Jakob Mejlhede, the exec joins the board with immediate effect having been appointed executive VP, programming and content development. He joined MTG in 2005 and has been senior VP, acquisitions and programming for the past six years. He also […]