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BBC Four enters Sweden’s Black Lake

UK network BBC Four has acquired Swedish thriller series Black Lake. The 8x45mins mystery drama follows a group of young friends and a series on unsettling events that occur when they visit an abandoned ski resort. The series comes from Banijay Group-owned Jarowskij and is for TV3 in Sweden, where it has been a top-rating […]

MTG makes €115m from Baltic nets sale

Modern Times Group is selling its operations in the Baltic states to Providence Equity Partners in a deal that values the free, pay TV and radio businesses at €115 million (US$124 million), or twelve times 2016 earnings before interest and tax. MTG said the sale was part of its plan to transform itself  from “a […]

TF1 orders French version of Red Band Society

TF1 has ordered a local version of The Red Band Society, the Spain-originated medical drama that has previously travelled to Fox in the US. The French commercial broadcaster will run a six-part version of the show, which follows events inside a cancer ward in a kids hospital. Vema Production will make the French version, with […]

TV3 overhauls channels, replaces UTV Ireland

Irish broadcaster TV3 has overhauled its two existing channels and is launching a new net, be3 to replace UTV Ireland The broadcaster, which is owned by Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, said the rejig is part of a new three-channel strategy. Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland, now Virgin Media, bought TV3 for €80 million (US$88.4 million) […]

Ireland’s TV3 reaches out to producers

TV3 is looking for a raft of programming across most genres. The Irish broadcaster put the call out this week for the new shows, which will be ordered through the latest round of the BAI Sound and Vision Fund, which allocates licence fee money to original qualifying programming. TV3 said it is looking for submissions […]

Nobel drama win for Canal+

French pay TV operator Canal+ has acquired Scandi thriller series Nobel. DRG sells the show and struck the French deal alongside several others for its scripted shows, including new deals for Nordic dramas Black Widows and Eyewitness. Nobel, a conspiracy thriller out of Norway that links the war in Afghanistan and the Nobel prize, was […]

RTÉ to axe in-house kids programming

RTÉ will no longer make any in-house children’s television programming, as part of a huge cost-savings exercise. All shows for the RTÉjr and RTÉ2 channels will be produced by independent companies from the end of 2017, the Irish pubcaster has confirmed. RTÉ will no longer directly employ any children’s programming-making staff, but the move will […]

Caulton exiting TV3 for UK move

Veteran TV3 programming chief Mark Caulton is exiting the New Zealand-based broadcaster and moving his family to the UK. Caulton has been with TV3 for 18 years, rising to his current post, director of programming at channel parent Mediaworks. However, he will swap New Zealand for the UK in the New Year. During his four-year […]

Mediaworks names new int’l buyer, VOD chief

New Zealand broadcaster Mediaworks has named a new head of acquisitions, a channel manager for TV3 and a boss for VOD platform 3NOW. Ben Quinn (pictured right) has been promoted a post that gives him direct responsibility for acquiring international content for Mediaworks’ TV and digital services. He has worked at Mediaworks for 15 years, […]

MediaWorks names CEO, CFO to exit

New Zealand-based broadcaster and producer MediaWorks has named a local media industry veteran as its new CEO. Oztam and oOH! Media chairman Michael Anderson (pictured) is taking up the role to succeed Mark Weldon, who left abruptly in May. Anderson’s appointment comes as acting chief executive David Chalmers, who is also permanent CFO, announced he […]