Patty Geneste


Salling, Gurin replace Absolutely’s Geneste at FRAPA

The Format Recognition and Protection Association has replaced Patty Geneste as chair, with Nordic World sales COO Jan Salling (left) and The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin now sharing responsibility for running the industry body. FRAPA said Geneste (below, right) is stepping down for personal reasons. She sold her formats business to Nordic World last year. […]

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 […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

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 […]

Sales chief exits Absolutely Independent

The sales and marketing director of Netherlands-based formats house Absolutely Independent is exiting the company after nearly five years, TBI has learned. Gertjan van Valen has told colleagues he was exiting last week and that company CEO Patty Geneste and other staff members will assume his duties in the short term. TBI understands he is moving to […]

Viewpoint: Patty Geneste

Patty Geneste, chairman, FRAPA and CEO Absolutely Independent and Gertjan van Valen, marketing & sales director, Absolutely Independent, indulge in some formats trend-spotting. It is a good time to reflect on some of the trends we have seen in the format world over the last year. Personality driven reality shows, with the likes of Jersey […]

Absolutely rings up South Korea deal for The Phone

Absolutely has sold quiz format The Phone into South Korea. CJ Entertainment has picked up the show for its CJ Channel with Dutch production company Park Lane on board as consultants. The deal is the first in the country for Absolutely, the formats distributor in which Kees Abrahams new start-up Imagine Nation recently acquired a […]