Amazon boosts Prime Video Nordics original reality and comedy slate

Amazon’s SVOD service Prime Video has ordered 12 new and returning unscripted reality and entertainment series for the Nordics to debut this autumn. New titles include docu-reality series Girls Of Oslo, a behind-the-scenes look at the daily lives of Norway’s top four influencers – Sophie Elise, Isabel Raad, Nora Haukland, and Anniken Englund Jørgensen. Produced by […]

Amazon greenlights four new Nordic versions of Banijay’s ‘The Bridge’ competition format

Amazon’s Prime Video streamer has commissioned four new local versions of Banijay’s reality format The Bridge for the Nordics. Meter Television, Mastiff Norway, Metronome and Endemol Shine Finland will produce the local versions for Prime Video in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, respectively. All four versions will premiere on 4 November, with The Bridge becoming […]

Exclusive: Viaplay makes double order on ‘MasterChef: Young Talent’ as culinary format expands

Viaplay Group has commissioned two separate local versions of MasterChef: Young Talent, a new iteration of Banijay’s popular culinary competition format, for Denmark and Norway. The new shows will both be produced by Banijay-owned prodcos, with Metronome making the Danish version, known locally as MasterChef, De Unge Talenter and Nordisk Banijay (formerly Nordisk Film TV […]

Unpacking the risk & rewards of format funds

New formats have always had to fight for space against the exploitation of proven IP, so what has prompted broadcasters to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in schemes to create new shows, asks Richard Middleton Formats are designed to be exploited again and again. This repeatability is baked into the essence of the industry, […]

Denmark’s TV2 orders Shaolin Monk adventure format from Metronome

TV2 in Denmark has partnered with Banijay-owned Danish label Metronome on a new adventure series that will focus on the Shaolin Warrior Monk community in China. Shaolin Heroes will test celebrities as they embark on a life-changing journey to master the ancient martial art of the Shaolin Warrior Monks. Each contestant will receive training to […]

Denmark’s DR1 welcomes Metronome’s drag show ‘Fabulous Dads’

DR1 in Denmark has ordered a three-part factual entertainment series delving into the world of drag. Fabulous Dads has been created by Banijay-owned Metronome and brings fathers and sons closer together as they immerse themselves into the drag scene, where the son is a performer. The fathers have no understanding of the drag world and […]

Christensen named MD of Denmark’s Metronome

Endemol Shine Nordics has appointed Tina Christensen as managing director of its Danish label Metronome Productions. Christensen stepped in as acting managing director of the label in June 2018 while MD Kent Nikolajsen left on sick leave and remained until he passed away in January 2019. Before joining Metronome in 2006, Christensen worked for 11 […]

Endemol Shine restructures struggling Lilyhammer prodco Rubicon

Endemol Shine Group is restructuring its struggling Norwegian prodco Rubicon, with managing director Pal Kruke Kristiansen among those leaving. Endemol Shine is understood to be consulting with Rubicon’s 100-strong staff over their futures. Rubicon is best known for Netflix’s first global scripted acquisition, Lilyhammer (pictured), plus the local version of Endemol Shine formats such as […]

Sewing Bee heads to Denmark

Danish terrestrial broadcaster TV2 Fri has ordered its first BBC Worldwide-sold format. The network has commissioned local prodco Metronome to create a version of the BBC’s Sewing Bee knitting competition series, which Love Productions originally created. The show will launch on TV2 Fri this fall. “We are very excited about selecting Sewing Bee for TV2 […]

Ex-FremantleMedia Finland boss joins Friday

Former FremantleMedia in Finland chief Marika Makaroff has resurfaced at Shine Group-owned Swedish producer Friday TV She has signed on as Friday’s managing director, replacing Simon Romanus, who has been in the role on an interim basis since Per Blankens left to helm American Idol for Fox in the US in May last year. Romanus […]