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Walter Presents heads down The River

On-demand service Walter Presents has acquired rights to new Norwegian drama The River in the UK, US and Australia. Canal+ in Poland, ZDF in Germany and Yandex in Russia have also bought the 8x60mins series, which UK-based DRG launched at MIPCOM last year. The River is based on real events and set in a close-knit […]

Starz secures US deal for NRK mystery drama

Starz has secured exclusive US premium pay TV rights for Norwegian mystery drama Monster. The series is due to air in October this year across Scandinavia in Norway, for NRK, Denmark (DR) and Sweden (SVT). NRK retains terrestrial rights in Scandinavia; DRG has all other rights in the region, plus all worldwide rights outside of […]

New German VOD net buys NRK drama

A new German VOD platform, Canal+’s SVOD service in France and Channel 4’s Walter Presents have bought an NRK drama about three young women struggling to live adult lives. The deals are the first three distributor About Premium Content has secured for Nordic drama Young and Promising, and highlight the growing buying status of on-demand […]

News brief: NRK wonders How to Be

NRK in Norway has licensed a local remake of Israeli celebrity interview format How to Be from Armoza Formats. Nice Entertainment Group-owned prodcos Monster has gone into production on the series ahead of a launch later this year. Meanwhile, German pubcaster ZDFneo has commissioned a second season of the format, which is known locally as […]

DRG launches dedicated formats division

UK-based distributor DRG is launching a dedicated formats business that will tap into the resources of the new Nice Entertainment Group it now sits within. DRG Formats will be lead by DRG’s managing director, acquisitions and formats Andrea Jackson (left) and also include the newly promoted Albertina Marfil, experienced formats vendor Jennifer Harrington and a […]

MTG Studios becomes Nice Entertainment

The Modern Times Group has rebranded its content division MTG Studios as Nice Entertainment Group. Scandi broadcast group MTG said the new branding reflected the enlargement of the content group in the past year. MTG beat rivals to a deal for Scandi super indie group Nice Entertainment last September and that brand will now cover […]

Format deals for The Ultimate Entertainer

Nordic World’s shiny floor format The Ultimate Entertainer will be remade in Georgia and Armenia having successfully been reversioned for the Russian market. The show was created by Monster Formats, part of the Nice Group, and was originally made for NRK in Norway. Local versions will now be made by GPB in Georgia and Armenia […]

MTG buys Nice Entertainment Group for €84.4m

MTG Studios, the content arm of broadcast group MTG, has acquired Nice Entertainment for €84.4 million (US$114.2 million). Under the leadership of Patrick Svensk, MTG Studios has been actively buying production and distribution companies including DRG and Novemberfilm, which sit alongside its other production banners Strix and Paprika. It’s understood the likes of Core Media […]