NENT opens ‘The Farm’ in Greece and Hungary

Broadcasters Antenna in Greece and TV2 in Hungary have both picked up competitive reality format The Farm for local adaptation, following deals with NENT (Nordic Entertainment Group) Studios UK. TV2 is in pre-production with a celebrity edition which will air in the autumn season, but Antenna is yet to commit to a date. Denmark’s TV2 […]

Warner Bros. hires Hillerbrand to replace Halding

Warner Bros. has brought in Fredrik Hillerbrand to run its production operations in Denmark. He replaces Esben Halding, the former boss of Warner Bros.-owned (and subsequently rebranded) Eyeworks Denmark. Halding had been running the Danish operation for seven years, joining from free TV net TV2. Hillerbrand (also known as ‘Fellini’) becomes the MD for Warner […]

Anna Bråkenhielm resurfaces at 3Rivers

Scandi formats veteran Anna Bråkenhielm has joined TV consultancy 3Rivers. At the Dutch-based business she will be a senior consultant within the international team. Bråkenhielm is well known in international TV circles, having run Strix and Talpa Scandinavia. She took control of the latter and rebranded it Silverback, before selling it to ITV. Her most […]

DRG ties with Duck Quacks prodco ahead of market

DRG has struck a first-look deal with Duck Quacks Don’t Echo prodco Magnum Media. The UK-based distributor will launch a new format from the UK indie, The Twelve Stars of Christmas, at MIPCOM. The deal gives DRG first-look at all new Magnum formats over the next two years, and the distributor will also sell selected […]

TERN commissions UHD shows for new net

Television Entertainment Reality Network has announced a raft of programme commissions to populate the launch of its UHD TV channel at the forthcoming MIPCOM TV market on October 5. TERN has commissioned Strix to produce Spartan X, a UHD reality show featuring twelve contestants who live and compete like Spartans enduring physical and mental challenges […]

Buyers Briefing: Vanda Rapti, MTG

Name: Vanda Rapti Title: VP of acquisitions, pay TV, VOD and new media, and acting VP, free TV, Nordics, MTG Vanda Rapti buys programming for a variety of Modern Times Group channels across Europe. Here she takes TBI through the needs of the free, pay and VOD platforms operating under MTG’s Viasat broadcasting brand.   […]

Spain’s Visiona takes DRG formats

Spanish producer Visiona TV has licensed two entertainment formats from UK-based distributor DRG. The prodco has taken Spanish rights to Sleeping with the Stars and Divide and Conquer. Sleeping with the Stars was created by Strix, which like DRG is part of the Modern Times Group. The half-hour celebrity sleepover format follows well-known faces around […]

Dutch Fox orders Hounds, MTG builds production hub

The Fox channel in the Netherlands has ordered a Release the Hounds special, which will be made by local indie Tuvalu Media. Separately, Paprika Latino, part of the MTG-owned Nice Entertainment Group, has built a Release the Hounds production hub in Lithuania to make regional versions of the format. It has already made Danish and […]

Nice’s Gong merges with Strix as founder departs

Danish prodcos Gong and Strix have merged after Gong founder following CEO Joachim Majholm decision to leave the company. Both companies are part of Modern Times Group-owned Nordic production group Nice Entertainment. Under the new structure for Nice’s Danish operations, Strix CEO Fredrik Hillerbrand (pictured, right) will oversee all production operations in the country. Between […]

Nice M&A exec shifts to MTG

Peter Holmström has stepped into the acting COO role at the Modern Times Group’s African operations, TBI has learned. Holmström moves to MTG Africa from Sweden-based Nice Entertainment Group, the production group that MTG acquired last year. In his new role, he reports to MTG Africa executive VP, Joseph Hundah. Sweden-listed channel operator MTG confirmed […]