Jan Salling

FRAPA’s Jan Salling boards BBC Studios

FRAPA head Jan Salling has joined BBC Studios to run production out of the Nordics.  The exec will serve as head of BBC Studios Nordics Productions, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. His new role will see him drive sales and production of the producer-distributor’s formats in the Nordic region and he will work closely with Banijay […]

Op-ed: SVT’s immigrant-focused catch-up service is a lesson in inclusion

Can a public broadcaster’s vast archives of premium content be used to help accelerate the integration of immigrants into host cultures? Missing Link Media’s Jan Salling explains how Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT is leading the charge. It’s long been acknowledged that learning the local language is one of the best ways for immigrants to integrate […]

Viewpoint: Factual TV in a post-truth era

Jan Salling, CEO, Missing Link Media & co-chairman, FRAPA Donald Trump has become a leading exponent of  post-truth in his successful bid to win the White House. What might the implications be for factual television producers and programmers around the world? Twenty-sixteen saw some fascinating and worrying developments in terms of truth and the media […]

Viewpoint: factual TV in a post truth world

Twenty-sixteen saw some fascinating and somewhat worrying developments in terms of truth and the media – particularly around politics and the upheavals around Brexit and the US election. Donald Trump has become a leading exponent of ‘post truth’ in his race to the White House. His support for the ‘birther’ movement and claims that President […]

FRAPA preps producers’ guide to format protection

Format protection association FRAPA is preparing a guide to the legal options available to producers who think their IP has been infringed. The guide will be part of a new report, being prepared by the industry body and law firm Baker & McKenzie, from FRAPA about the protection of format rights under international law. The […]

FRAPA membership grows 35% in a year

Formats industry body FRAPA has grown its membership 35% in the past year. This spike comprises 50 new members in the last 12 months, and comes after The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin and Missing Link Media founder Jan Salling (pictured) became co-chairmen in March 2015. Among the new members are Korea Creative Content Agency, South […]

Nordic World rejigs after ‘challenging period’

Nordic World has promoted Ann Christin Siljan and Paulina Eklund in a restructure that follows a tough period for the Scandinavian content distributor. Previously director of sales and acquisitions, Siljan (pictured) will become VP of acquisitions, while former Absolutely Independent exec Eklund will remain in New York but now as VP of sales. Both report […]

Salling, Gurin replace Absolutely’s Geneste at FRAPA

The Format Recognition and Protection Association has replaced Patty Geneste as chair, with Nordic World sales COO Jan Salling (left) and The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin now sharing responsibility for running the industry body. FRAPA said Geneste (below, right) is stepping down for personal reasons. She sold her formats business to Nordic World last year. […]

Nordic World’s Dictator conquers Europe

Edgy social experiment format Dictator has been picked up by NRK in Norway and SBS in Belgium. In the show eight contestants are stripped of their belongings and rights as they are locked in a Soviet-style compound and forced to live in harsh conditions. There is a cash prize, but the participants are not told […]

Nordic World ‘disagreement’ leads to Geneste exit

Nordic World has terminated a consultancy agreement with Patty Geneste just weeks after completing a deal to acquire her formats distributor, Absolutely Independent, TBI can reveal. Geneste’s departure follows a disagreement over the future direction of Nordic World, according to a statement on behalf of the Nordic World board from Trond Kvernstrom, who is director […]