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DRG launches Atrium with Howard Stringer

Distributor DRG yesterday launched TV’s latest high-end drama house, Atrium TV, with former Sony chief Howard Stringer. The company will look to produce scripted programming for OTT platforms and telcos aiming to commission shows for their services. Atrium is positioning itself as a ‘commissioning club’, and comes from former Sony chairman Sony and ex-CBS president […]

MTG makes €115m from Baltic nets sale

Modern Times Group is selling its operations in the Baltic states to Providence Equity Partners in a deal that values the free, pay TV and radio businesses at €115 million (US$124 million), or twelve times 2016 earnings before interest and tax. MTG said the sale was part of its plan to transform itself  from “a […]

Viaplay sets UK-coproduced drama

Scandinavian SVOD service Viaplay’s latest original will be coproduced by UK-based production company Nevision. Big-budget crime drama Alex will be an SF Studios, Film i Väst and Nevision coproduction running to six 44-minute episodes. Principal shooting commences in March in Gothenburg, ahead of completion in the summer. The Swedish-lanaguge series will then debut on MTG-owned […]

Viaplay gains first-run Disney in new MTG deal

Viaplay subscribers are getting early access to Star Wars and Marvel Universe movies through the latest content deal between MTG and The Walt Disney Company. The wide-ranging agreement means Viaplay and Viaplay Film SVOD subscribers first-run SVOD windows on box office hits including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War and Vaiana in […]

Scandi nets visit Nordic World

Scandinavian broadcasters are flocking to Oslo-based distributor Nordic World for locally-produced factual programming. The vendor has closed more than 120 hours of deals with the likes of MTV Finland, Norwegian foodie channel Matkanalen, Discovery Networks Norway and Modern Times Group. MTV Finland has bought interior design series Finally Home (Antilgen Hemma), while Matkanalen, which launched […]

MTG’s Zoomin expands German operations

MTG-backed MCN Zoomin TV is expanding in Germany, appointing Cengiz Kurt its new country manager. Kurt is the former CEO of video marketing business Clipkit and brings a 13-strong team from that business to Zoomin. Zoomin said today it wants to double revenues from Germany this year, working with traditional broadcasters in Germany including RTL […]

Fox, Viaplay team for Fox+ streaming service

Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa and Viaplay have launched Fox+, a new drama and entertainment streaming for the Nordic region. The new service will have a raft of premium drama from the Hollywood studio arm of Fox, its cable production arm, as well as drama content from the international FNG. TV titles include Prison […]

MTG turns in solid results as studio grows

Nordic and international pay and free TV outfit Modern Times Group turned in a solid Q4 performance, helping to compensate for the SEK1 billion (US$114.7 million) non-cash charge it took last year on currency translation differences related to its divestment of Russia’s CTC Media. The group posted Q4 sales of SEK5 billion from continuing operations, […]

Viaplay orders OTT original from The Bridge scribe

Viaplay’s push into original programming has continued with an order for The Lawyer, a scripted series from Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge and Marcella, right), Michael Hjort (Sebastian Bergman) and Jens Lapidus (the Easy Money novels). The ten-part drama series will go out on Viaplay, the Modern Times Group-owned streaming service, and TV3, the Swedish free-TV […]

Endemol Shine poaches MTG exec for Nordics

Endemol Shine Nordics has poached Modern Times Group programming exec Karin Stjärne to become its CEO. This comes after a restructure that resulted the departures of Bertil Rosenlund and Victoria Kjellberg, as announced in November last year. Stjärne (pictured) joins from MTG, where she was VP of programming for MTG Sweden, and will cover all […]

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