MTG targets US digital with new hire

Modern Times Group has appointed Digital Artists Entertainment boss Scott Rupp to develop the presence of its MTGx digital arm in the US. Rupp will be tasked with developing US opportunities for MTGx’s portfolio, expanding the company’s international network and sourcing new digital investments. Rupp has 20 years experience in digital media and entertainment and […]

MTG veteran Hermansson leaving

The executive chairman of MTG’s digital MTGx division, Mathias Hermansson, is leaving the company. Hermansson (pictured) has been at MTG since 1999, is one of the company’s longest serving senior execs, and has been tipped as a successor to CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann. He will exit in early 2017. Hermansson told TBI he wasn’t yet sure […]

MTG moves into online gaming

Modern Times Group has moved into online gaming by buying a 35% stake in German online games developer and publisher, InnoGames. The deal, which values InnoGames at €260 million (US$287 million), will see MTG take the stake from Eight Roads Ventures, and the company’s founders with the option to buy a further 16% at the […]

MTG restructure continues

Modern Times Group (MTG) has unveiled a new financial reporting structure as part of its ongoing transformation from a broadcaster into a ‘digital entertainment company’. The Nordic pay and free TV operator will now operate through four reporting segments: Nordic Entertainment; International Entertainment; Studios; and MTGx Ventures. MTG reorganised the management of its MTGx unit […]

MTG restructures after digital boss exits

MTG chief digital office Rikard Steiber is leaving the company amid a company restructure of its digital operations, the latest of a line of changes at the TV and media firm. Steiber had been running the Viaplay streaming service as well as the digital MTGx division. Jonas Karlén (left) took control of Viaplay earlier this year […]

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

MTG appoints new Scandi, Viaplay CEOs

There have been wide-ranging management changes at the Modern Times Group as the free and pay TV operator reorganises its business along country lines. New territory managers positions have been created for Sweden, Denmark and Norway, MTG’s three largest markets. Anders Jensen takes becomes  CEO of MTG Sweden under the new structure, overseeing all pay […]

MTG ups Mejlhede Andersen to exec board

Jakob Mejlhede Andersen has promoted to European broadcaster MTG’s executive management team. Formerly known just as Jakob Mejlhede, the exec joins the board with immediate effect having been appointed executive VP, programming and content development. He joined MTG in 2005 and has been senior VP, acquisitions and programming for the past six years. He also […]

MTG appoints Viaplay Nordic programming chief

Modern Times Group’s MTGx digital division has upped company executive Fredrik Ljungberg (right) to programming director for streaming service Viaplay Nordic. Ljungberg, who has been at MTG for more than six years, will take up his new role on October 1. He was previously head of programme planning, acquisition and research, in charge scheduling and […]

Mejlhede lands new MTG role

Jakob Mejlhede has been named chief content officer of Modern Times Group’s next-generation division, MTGx. He will remain as senior VP, acquisitions and production at MTG, a buying role he has held for several years. The new role will see him secure volume deals and other content agreements for MTG’s digital platforms, which include the […]