MTG Studios

MTG rejigs Baltics management, expands local production

Modern Times Group (MTG) is making a series of changes to the management of Viasat Broadcasting in the Baltic region and is to expand its production company Paprika Latino in the region. MTG has promoted Baiba Zuzena to the post of CEO of its Latvian free TV and radio operations. She was previously chief operating […]

DRG sells comic science factual series back to NRK

MTG Studios-owned UK distributor DRG has sold the Canadian remake of an NRK comic science-themed factual series back to the Norwegian public broadcaster. Never Ever Do This at Home pairs a scientist and a comedian and tasks them with finding out what happens when household products’ warning labels are ignored, while explaining the science behind the […]

DRG completes first post-takeover deal

UK-based DRG has acquired a pair of documentaries from Discovery Communications, marking the first deal the distributor has scored since MTG Studios acquired it for £15 million (US$22.3 million) last month. DRG has bought international rights to Discovery Channel doc KKK: Beneath the Hood and TLC’s My Three Wives, respectively. KKK takes what is billed […]

MTG Studios ditching Strix International brand for DRG

MTG Studios plans to fold the formats from its Strix International division into DRG, the UK-based distributor it has just acquired in a £15 million deal, TBI understands. MTG Studios, the content arm of pan-European broadcaster MTG, also announced the acquisition of Norwegian producer Novemberfilm alongside the DRG deal. Its formats and programming, which include […]

MTG completes DRG acquisition, buys Novemberfilm

Modern Times Group Studios has finalised its acquisition of UK-based distributor DRG, and bought Norwegian production company Novemberfilm. The Scandinavian production and broadcast group has beaten off competition from Sky Vision to acquire a 92.4% stake in DRG, which counts The Inbetweeners and Don’t Tell the Bride in its catalogue, for an enterprise value of […]

MTG set to pip Sky Vision to DRG deal

Patrick Svensk’s MTG Studios is set to acquire UK distributor DRG after outgunning Sky Vision in an auction for the company, TBI understands. Sources close to the companies have said MTG Studios and Sky Vision are the remaining bidders in the process, with MTG set to win an auction process that began earlier this year […]

MTG Studios options Scandi formats in France, UK and Germany

MTG Studios’ has secured options for key formats from its production company Strix, with producers in the UK, France and Germany and a commission in Finland. Maverick, the All3Media-owned producer of Embarrassing Bodies has optioned My Best Friend in which dogs are found new owners. Maverick’s Stephan Fleahy said: “My Best Friend is exactly the […]

Germany’s Sat.1 pounces on Stalkers format

German free-to-air channel Sat.1 has picked up a local version of true-crime series Stalkers. The format is distributed by Strix, part of MTG Studios. The German version of Stalkers will be produced by Imago TV and air later this year. The format has so far aired in Denmark and Sweden. Produced by Strix Denmark, Stalkers […]

MTG Studios hires Zodiak’s Jens Eriksson as COO

MTG Studios, the content arm of pan European broadcaster Modern Times Group, has poached former Zodiak executive Jens Eriksson to become president and chief operating officer. Eriksson was previously COO at Zodiak Media Group Nordic and has also worked in the music business with record label Universal Music. He will start on January 8, 2013 […]