Revenue, profit up Sweden’s TV4

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has posted respectable sales and profit growth for its full 2015 financial year, with sales rising from SEK4.206 billion (US$499 million) to SEK4.234 billion, and EBITA rising from SEK640 million to SEK662 million. TV4 Group said that the results reflected increased investment in Swedish content and technology […]

BBCWW secures detective series presales

BBC Worldwide has shopped upcoming detective drama Maigret to France 3, Germany’s ARD, Sweden’s TV4 and Denmark’s DR. The deals are the first the BBC’s commercial arm has brokered for the 2x120mins film miniseries, Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. The films star Rowan Atkinson as legendary French detective Jules Maigret. “The Maigret […]

Fox names Nordic buying chief

Fox International Channels has upped Clara Scherman to senior director of acquisitions for its Nordic operations. Based in FIC’s Swedish base and will oversee programme buying for the whole bouquet of Fox channels in the Nordics. She will report to Ase Ytreland, FIC’s Nordic managing director, who said: “Our content investments range from our FIC […]

Investors circle Nordic World

The owners of Nordic World are looking for a new partner in the distribution firm and a deal is likely within weeks, TBI has learned. The business is solely owned by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV2 after its founding partner, Swedish broadcaster TV4, pulled out last year. TV2 subsequently recruited financial advisors to find a new […]

Beck-Friis leaving Sweden’s TV4

Cecilia Beck-Friis is leaving Sweden’s TV4 and will not be replaced. Beck-Friis (pictured) is the free-TV group’s digital boss, having been upped in a management restructure in late 2013. Scandi media giant Bonnier, which owns TV4, said Beck-Friis will stay with TV4 for a handover period, and will manage the preparations for Bonnier’s upcoming OTT […]

NHK buys BBC One Agatha Christie drama

Japanese pubcaster NHK is one of a batch of networks to acquire BBC One period drama Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime from distributor All3Media International. NHK will launch the 6x60mins on its main terrestrial channel and follows agreements with the ABC in Australia, Sky in New Zealand, BBC Worldwide Channels for pan-Africa, TV2 in Norway, […]

Euro nets like Real Men

Germany’s VOX is among three buyers of Red Arrow Entertainment Group format Real Men. The format, which hails from Denmark, will also be remade in the Netherlands, for RTL, and Sweden, for TV4. Real Men sees five everyday men embark on massive health transformations, and comes from MakeItBee (fka Fjernsynsforeningen), which produced it for DR1. […]

Welcome to Sweden axed after ‘craptastic’ ratings

US-Swedish comedy series Welcome to Sweden has been cancelled by NBC after what its creator described as “craptastically low ratings”. Greg Poehler is behind the show, which played on TV4 in Sweden and NBC in the US. After a successful first run, a second season was ordered last August, but has performed poorly in the […]

Discovery, TV4 bag GRB titles

Discovery Networks and TV4 in Sweden are among buyers of programming from LA-based GRB Entertainment. Discovery Networks CEEMA has acquired King of Thrones, while its sister in Latin America took seasons five and six of Untold Stories. TV4, meanwhile, took The Wildlife Docs, while rival Swedish broadcaster SVT bagged Pregnant & Dating. In sub-Saharan Africa […]

Wild Things to roam in Cannes

Wacky UK gameshow Wild Things is set to hit the international market at MIPTV. The physical competition show, in which people dressed in giant animal costumes with no eye holes attempt to win challenges in a woodland, makes up part of Zodiak Rights’ Cannes formats slate. The comic show launched on Sky 1 in the […]