Nordic World

Millionaire, Weakest Link execs draw Shortest Straw

Norway’s TV2 is attached the first major format pilot from UK-based development firm Boxatricks, with the co-creator of The Weakest Link attached. TV2 and the Israel-based TV Format Fund are backing the production of The Shortest Straw, with distributor Nordic World set to begin selling the format at MIPCOM in October. Additional unnamed investors are […]

Nordic World rejigs after ‘challenging period’

Nordic World has promoted Ann Christin Siljan and Paulina Eklund in a restructure that follows a tough period for the Scandinavian content distributor. Previously director of sales and acquisitions, Siljan (pictured) will become VP of acquisitions, while former Absolutely Independent exec Eklund will remain in New York but now as VP of sales. Both report […]

Nordic World’s Dictator conquers Europe

Edgy social experiment format Dictator has been picked up by NRK in Norway and SBS in Belgium. In the show eight contestants are stripped of their belongings and rights as they are locked in a Soviet-style compound and forced to live in harsh conditions. There is a cash prize, but the participants are not told […]

Nordic World’s Absolutely files for bankruptcy

Absolutely Independent, the Amsterdam-based formats business owned by Nordic World, has filed for bankruptcy in a Dutch court, TBI has learned. Nordic World confirmed the news today, with CEO Espen Huseby (pictured) telling TBI the company had sought every alternative, but ultimately was forced to seek a bankruptcy filing for Absolutely. “I can confirm Absolutely […]

Zodiak hires Nordic World sales exec

Nordic World is saying goodbye to another sales executive following the departure of Patty Geneste. Zodiak Rights has poached Ole Steen Stolberg as VP, sales for Scandinavia, having previously been sales and acquisitions director for TV4 Group and TV2 Norway-owned distributor Nordic World. This comes after TBI revealed Geneste was exiting Nordic World just weeks […]

Nordic World ‘disagreement’ leads to Geneste exit

Nordic World has terminated a consultancy agreement with Patty Geneste just weeks after completing a deal to acquire her formats distributor, Absolutely Independent, TBI can reveal. Geneste’s departure follows a disagreement over the future direction of Nordic World, according to a statement on behalf of the Nordic World board from Trond Kvernstrom, who is director […]

Nordic World brings Absolutely formats to market

Nordic World will launch several of Absolutely’s formats at MIPCOM next week after buying the Amsterdam-based formats business earlier this year. Nordic World, the sales alliance created by Scandi broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, recently shopped the Family Dinner format to Germany’s RTL and its kids show Checkpoint to another German broadcaster, ZDF. At […]

Nordic World strikes RTL, ZDF, Disney deals

Formats distributor Nordic World has agreed several deals with German partners. Commercial broadcaster RTL has acquired a pair of formats. It will air local versions of comedy format Hotel Zimmerfrei (pictured) as well as a pilot of reality show Family Dinner, which comes from the catalogue of Absolutely, the formats company Nordic World acquired earlier […]

Nordic World opens up shop in NY, eastern Europe

Nordic World has opened offices in New York and Budapest as part of an ongoing drive to expand beyond its Nordic base. The distributor, set up by TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden in 2005 and run by Espen Huseby (pictured) and Jan Salling, now has bases in eastern Europe and the US as well as […]

Travel Channel to Dine With The Enemy

Scripps’ Travel Channel has ordered an English language version of the innovative Dining With The Enemy format. The show, which is distributed by Nordic World, has a well-known war correspondent and a top chef host a meal for guests from opposite sides of some of the world’s most deep-seated conflicts, including Palestine/Israel, Afghanistan, Rwanda and […]