Sales round-up: MagellanTV, TVF & Furnace co-pro science show; Viaplay picks up first-ever Faroese drama; ZDFE shops Nazi slave doc

MagellanTV, TVF & Furnace co-pro science show Global SVOD service MagellanTV has ordered a new two-part factual series presented by physicist Jim Al-Khalili, called Jim Al-Khalili’s Guide to How We Got Here, to debut later this year. MagellanTV has partnered with factual distributor TVF International and UK production company Furnace to co-produce the series in […]

Commissioning round-up: Showtime orders ‘Yellowjackets’; BBCS & Bilibili announce ‘Ancients’; Viaplay takes ‘We Children From Bahnhof Zoo’

Showtime orders ‘Yellowjackets’ ViacomCBS-owned US network Showtime has given a series order to drama pilot Yellowjackets. The series, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Entertainment One and producer Drew Comins, will begin production early next year in Vancouver and is also expected to debut in 2021. Jonathan Lisco is attached as exec producer and […]

Starzplay launches on Viaplay in Nordics

Starz-owned international streaming service Starzplay is launching on Viaplay tomorrow, as part of a carriage deal that will see the Nordic company becoming the exclusive regional launch partner. As previously announced, subscribers to the NENT Group-owned Viaplay streaming service will gain direct access to a selection of exclusive Starzplay series, with the full Starzplay service to […]

Viaplay orders boarding school drama, Eccho takes ‘Threesome’

Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group’s streamer Viaplay has ordered a Swedish drama about life at a boarding school for its burgeoning originals slate, which is set to hit 40 shows next year. A Class Apart is based on an idea by Henrik Schyffert and Gustaf Skördeman, with Banijay’s Nordic prodco Jarowskij co-producing alongside Brommamamma, in partnership with Film […]

Exclusive: Fremantle & private equity firms eye NENT Studios UK

Private equity firms and global producer Fremantle are understood to be among a slew of potential buyers interested in acquiring NENT Studios UK, the London-based distributor, producer and financier behind The Cry. NENT’s UK-based arm – essentially a rebranded version of the company formerly known as DRG – was put on the block yesterday by […]

TBI Weekly: What comes after the streaming revolution?

Covid-19 has accelerated a swathe of trends that were already apparent across the business prior to the pandemic, none more so than the ongoing – and industry-changing – transition towards global streaming services.  However, as exec moves and organisational streamlining continues at breakneck speed, what will happen once the dust settles on the current restructuring (particularly in the […]

NENT eyes $405m funding to fuel Viaplay expansion in Europe & US

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is looking to raise SEK3.5bn ($405m) to fund the expansion of its streamer Viaplay into the US and across Europe, in a bid to more than double its current subscriber numbers. The Nordic SVOD said it planned to launch into Poland and the US by the end of next year, with […]

Viaplay adapts ‘Two Sisters’ drama from Banijay’s Yellow Bird

Nordic streamer Viaplay has ordered an eight-part drama based on the bestselling novels by Swedish celebrities Hannah Widell and Amanda Schulman, with Banijay’s Yellow Bird producing. Two Sisters explores the diverging lives of two young Stockholm siblings as they climb the career ladder, fall in love and realise that growing up can also mean growing […]

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