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MTG reports growth despite eSports losses

MTG reported 83% profit growth for continuing operations in Q3, despite wider losses for its eSports operations. The Nordic company reported higher profits and margins for Nordic entertainment, international entertainment and MTG Studios. Meanwhile, its digital arm MTGx recorded lower losses on a sequential and year on year basis, thanks to the contribution from Innogames […]

Hulu buys Scandi drama Veni Vidi Vici

Hulu has acquired US streaming rights for MTG’s Scandi original series, Veni Vidi Vici. The series will premier on Hulu in December 2017. It originally premiered on MTG’s Nordic streaming service Viaplay earlier this year. Veni Vidi Vici is a 10-part drama series that follows struggling Danish film director Karstan Daugaard’s journey as he makes […]

Electus launches 6/26 int’l copro model

US producer-distributor Electus has created a new international coproduction model for unscripted programmes dubbed ‘6/26’. The practice is the brainchild of Electus worldwide television and international president John Pollak, and is aimed at secured multi-episode orders. The processs sees four broadcasters – Australia’s Nine Network, France’s TF1, Germany’s Nito (part of RTL Germany) and Nordics-based […]

Hulu makes first eSports play with ESL deal

Hulu is set to move into eSports for the first time after agreeing a deal with ESL bring new gaming-themed series to the streaming platform. ESL will develop and produce four new eSports series that will premiere on the US VOD service later this autumn – Player v. Player, Bootcamp, Defining Moments and ESL Replay. […]

MTG launches Norwegian start-up accelerator

MTG has launched a start-up accelerator in Norway that will see it offer digital companies free office space and the chance to collaborate on content, concepts and technology. The Oslo-centred MTG Ignite initiative will see MTG offer support and know-how – rather than money – to help selected start-ups get their businesses off the ground. […]

Discovery poaches MTG exec

Discovery Networks Norway has hired MTG’s Hilde Reinersten Kollerød to act as planning director and join its management team. Kollerød is currently head of planning and acquisitions at MTG TV, which comprises  for TV3, Viasat4, TV6 and Viafree. She will report to Eivind Landsverk, Nordic programme director at Discovery. During her time at MTG, Kollerød has […]

Mediapro takes eSports strategy to Latin America

Spanish broadcaster Mediapro’s Argentinian arm has produced and is commercialising the rights to one of South America’s main eSports events, the Copa Latinoamérica Sur Clausura, as the latest stage of its strategic move into the eSports arena. The event, held in Buenos Airies at the weekend, was transmitted by ESPN+. Mediapro said that its entry […]

MTG online network eyes China with Tencent pact

MTG-owned online video network Zoomin.tv is setting its sights on China after partnering with domestic internet giant Tencent. Zoomin.tv is now making video stories available via Tencent’s mobile messaging service WeChat, its social networking site Qzone and its news app Tian Tian Kuai Bao. Zoomin.tv said it is targeting some 1.5 billion Chinese viewers across the Tencent […]

MTG completes deal for games firm Kongregate

Modern Times Group (MTG) has closed its US$55 million acquisition of US games publisher and developer Kongregate. MTG announced the deal a month ago and has now bought 100% of the San Francisco-based games company, which will be fully consolidated into MTG’s digital business MTGx from August 1. MTG has ben increasingly moving away from […]

Premium video body launches in Europe

A premium video advocacy body is launching in Europe with the backing of numerous major broadcasters. The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe (FWCE) formed this month following the creation of a US parent in 2015. It is aimed at keeping advertisers keen to spend their cash on premium video – whether that is high-end […]