Nordic World

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]

Nordic World bags rights to buzzy new Israeli gameshow

NordicWorld has picked up international rights to The Big Picture, a new Israeli gameshow format launched at MIPTV this week. Distribution group Nordic World has been expanding its footprint, linking with producers in the UK and Ireland and buying into Netherlands-based formats distributor Absolutely. The Big Picture was created by Israeli host and magician Nimrod […]

MIPTV 2014: My Tupelo and TVF bring Bargain Brides to Cannes

US producer My Tupelo has struck a development deal with TVF International and the first fruits of that effort, Bargain Brides, will launch at MIPTV. The format follows brides-to-be as they barter, negotiate and haggle for the wedding of their dreams at knock-down prices. Yael Shaoulian, programming and acquisitions executive at TVF International said: “We […]

Nordic World adds to distributor stable

Distribution group Nordic World has agreed a deal with Denmark’s TV2 and will sell the free-to-air broadcaster’s programming internationally. The exclusive deal means Nordic World will distribute all of TV2’s finished programming as well as formats, which were previously sold by Banijay. The deal covers recent hit period drama The Seaside Hotel (Badehotellet), which has […]

Nordic World seals indie first-look deals

Nordic World has agreed first-look deals with four indie producers in Denmark and Sweden. The distributor, which is owned by Nordic broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, has sealed agreements with STV and Doceye in Denmark, OTW in Sweden and Feelgood in Norway. Following the signing of the deals, Nordic World will sell the producers’ […]

Nordic World strikes UK formats deal

Distributor Nordic World has entered into a first-look partnership with recently-formed UK format creation outfit Boxatricks. Under the deal Nordic World, which is owned by public broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, will have first rights to new formats created by Boxatricks. Boxatricks was formed in September 2013 by former Celador execs Steve Springford and […]

Nordic World set to buy Absolutely Independent

Scandinavian distributor Nordic World has reached a deal to buy Netherlands-based formats house Absolutely Independent. Nordic World has signed a letter of intent that, if translated into a deal, will hand it a majority stake for an undisclosed sum. The deal is intended to close before MIPTV in April, Nordic World CEO Espen Huseby announced […]

Channel 4 buys Norwegian political drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired Mammon, a political drama from Norwegian pubcaster NRK. The deal comes after the British channel had success with another foreign-language series, French drama Les Revenants, last year. Nordic World has closed further deals for the 6x60mins Mammon in the Nordic territories, as well as Beta Films picking up rights […]

TV’s conscious effort

Cruel critiques and manufactured conflict have been replaced by supportive smiles, warm hugs and a belief that shows should seek to transform someone’s prospects or help them grow emotionally in an ongoing raft of caring sharing formats reports Andy Fry. There was a time between 2003 and 2009 when factual and entertainment formats seemed to […]

KiKA buys Nordic live-action preschool drama

German children’s channel KiKA has acquired Waffle Heart, a live-action preschool drama sold by Nordic World. KiKA now has exclusive German TV rights to the 7x20mins miniseries, which is based on Maria Parr’s best-selling book of the same name. This marks the first international sale of the series, which was originally commissioned by public broadcaster […]