Viasat Broadcasting

Ex-Endemol Nordics chief to lead SF Studios

Scandinavian television veteran Michael Porseryd is to join SF Studios next year as CEO. Porseryd (pictured) was CEO of Endemol Nordics, but left after the merger of Endemol and Shine Group at the turn of 2015, which resulted in the creation of Endemol Shine Nordics. At Bonnier-owned SF, he will replace Jonas Fors, who left […]

Hegedus’ new indie scores Dick Clark deal

Former MTG and Debmar Mercury exec Bea (Beata) Hegedus has officially launched her new indie consultancy with a deal that will see Dick Clark Productions taking a Hungarian format to the US. Hegedus (pictured) has been building Ashgate Media for some time. Following a soft-lanch earlier this year, she has now officially debuted the firm, […]

Ex-ITV commissioner Neumann lands at Spun Gold

Former ITV2 and Virgin Media TV commissioner Daniela Neumann has joined UK indie Spun Gold as its first creative director. Neumann joins from Viasat Broadcasting, where she was VP, content and development responsible for commissioning and channel strategy for 11 free-to-air channels. At Spun Gold, Neumann will oversee expansion into new areas. The company, lead […]

News brief: Viasat learns How it Works

Viasat Broadcasting has acquired magazine series How it Works and will air it in 35 territories. Russia, Poland and Ukraine are among the countries that will air the Red Arrow International-distributed show. Red Arrow has also sold The Indestructibles to Indonesia’s Kompas TV, Denmark’s DR3 and Singapore’s MediaCorp; while The Man Who Streaked The World […]

Viasat reveals Incredible Mr. Goodwin

Modern Times Group-owned Viasat Broadcasting has acquired pay TV rights for BBC Worldwide’s escapology series The Incredible Mr. Goodwin. It will broadcast on the Viasat Explorer factual channel in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, as well as 88 and a half hours of additional programming in a multi-year licensing deal for MTG […]

MTG rejigs Baltics management, expands local production

Modern Times Group (MTG) is making a series of changes to the management of Viasat Broadcasting in the Baltic region and is to expand its production company Paprika Latino in the region. MTG has promoted Baiba Zuzena to the post of CEO of its Latvian free TV and radio operations. She was previously chief operating […]

Viasat taps ITV Studios for formats development exec

Viasat Broadcasting has poached ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s VP of format sales to take on a new role at the MTG-owned broadcasting group. Merrily Ross has joined former ITV colleague Daniela Neumann, Viasat’s VP of content and development, in the new role of VP of formats. Ross will seek to accelerate the sourcing of UK […]