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Viaplay calls on Peppy Pals for new kids original

Scandinavian SVOD service Viaplay is getting its second kids TV original – a 16-part series based on a popular children’s app. Peppy Pals follows on from The Great Escape, which premiered on the service in December last year as a first original for children. It is also the first original announced since Ira Gladnikoff succeeded […]

Drama at the members’ club

Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox tell TBI about Atrium, their new club for platforms that want to source their own high-end drama series. Howard Stringer is known, among other things, for running Sony, producing for CBS, and until recently, being a non-exec director of UK pubcaster the BBC. His new venture is a first-of-its-kind members […]

New CEO at DRG as Fox focuses on Atrium

Richard Halliwell has been named CEO of UK-based distributor DRG, with Jeremy Fox vacating the post and becoming executive chairman to focus on drama venture Atrium TV. Halliwell (right) joined DRG from BBC Worldwide in 2013, and was most recently managing director. He is credited with helping the business diversify its operations, taking it to […]

MTG launches VR platform Viareal

MTG has launched a virtual reality app, offering extensions from its linear TV shows and from sports and eSports events, as well as exclusive VR-content. Viareal is MTG’s first VR app and is available across the Nordic region for up-to-date Android and iOS devices, Gear VR and a range of other VR headsets. Viewers will […]

Set-tops ‘unimportant’ for SVOD, says Viaplay chief

Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned OTT subscription video-on-demand service Viaplay does not need to be available on set-top boxes to succeed, its CEO claims. Furthermore, the SVOD service will continue to be a complement to MTG’s mainstream pay TV service rather than a replacement for it, according to Jonas Karlén, Viaplay CEO. Speaking at the Connected […]

MTG ups stake in games firm

Modern Times Group has invested €82.6 million (US$90.2 million) to increase its shareholding in mobile and browser-based games company, InnoGames, from 21% to 51%. The agreement comes after MTG said in January that it would use the proceeds of the sale of its stake in Czech free-to-air broadcaster Prima to top-up its investment in InnoGames. […]

MTG investor buys into Com Hem

Swedish investment firm Kinnevik has bought an 18.5% stake in Scandinavian TV and telecoms provider Com Hem in a SEK3.7 billion (US$418.6 million) deal. Kinnevik, which is also an investor in Swedish telco Tele2 and Nordic entertainment group MTG, agreed to buy 33.9 million Com Hem shares from NorCell – the indirect investment holding company […]

MTG sells Czech TV assets

MTG has completed the sale of its Czech TV assets as it continues its transformation from “traditional national broadcaster into global digital entertainer”. In a statement, MTG confirmed it has closed the sale of its 50% shareholding in FTV Prima Holding to Denemo Media for a total cash consideration of €116 million (US$126 million). The […]

Record sales for MTG despite digital spend

MTG reported record sales and a 15% growth in operating income – despite making investments into content digital expansion – in its Q1 earnings report. In its interim report for the period January to March, MTG reported an 11% year-on-year increase in net sales to SEK4.228 billion (US$470 million). This represented organic growth of 8% […]

Mediapro hails ‘record year’

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has hailed 2016 as “its best year in history” after posting solid revenue and EBITDA numbers, and has forecast stronger growth this year. Mediapro also said it intends to invest further in the digital arena, particular eSports. It highlighted its significant investment in eSports league the Liga de Videojuegos Profesional […]