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News brief: MTG rebranding London broadcast ops

European broadcaster MTG is renaming its Viasat-branded broadcast operations base in London. The division will be known simply as MTG, while its wholesales channels business Viasat World is becoming MTG World. The Viasat brand will remain in various territories as a channel name.

Appetite for Kerridge cooking shows grows in Oz, US

Broadcasters in Australia and the US are among buyers of British cooking series from celebrity chef Tom Kerridge. Lifestyle in Australia has prebought BBC Two’s 6x30mins series Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever, which is the follow up to Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food. That show has also sold to Lifestyle, as well as US cable net […]

African, Indian firms buy Eccho’s Turkish drama

Broadcasters in Africa and an Indian entertainment firm have acquired Eccho Rights’ widely-travelled Turkish drama Ezel. Viasat has acquired rights in Ghana and Tanzania, while India’s Wizcraft is planning a local version after scoring a deal with Scandinavia-based Eccho. Eccho Rights, part of the Sparks Eccho Group, last year became the first distributor to sell […]

Networks raid Picture Box for programming

Various networks have acquired unscripted programming from Canada’s Picture Box Distribution. Viasat Europe and GB Omnimedia have bought season one of Mountain Road Productions’s 13x30mins Selling Big for the CIS region and Italy, respectively. Seasons one and two of The Liquidator have sold to Choice TV in New Zealand and Discovery Networks Western Europe has […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Will Ennett, TalkTalk

Name: Will Ennett Title: Head of pay TV content, TalkTalk Former Blinkbox and Viasat buyer Will Ennett joined UK telco TalkTalk a year ago as head of pay TV content, a role that sees him strike deals for the TalkTalk TV pay service, which is available through internet TV service YouView. He becomes the first […]

MTG programming exec departs for Millicom

Louise Ernst has left her position of head of programming at Modern Times Group’s Viaplay to join Millicom, TBI has learned. Ernst has been at Viaplay, the on-demand service run by MTGx, since 2012, and in different positions at divisions of parent company MTG since 2005. Latin America and Africa-focussed telco and media firm Millicom […]

News brief: SBS, Viasat pre-buy Own Rainforest

SBS in Australia and European broadcaster Viasat have prebought eco-themed factual entertainment series I Bought My Own Rainforest. Viasat’s deal covers Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe. The 3x60mins programme from Keo Films is soon launch on BBC Two and has the UK’s Hat Trick International attached as distributor. The show follows wildlife photographer Charlie […]

Dutch M&A firm hires Hegedus to launch UK office

A Dutch management consultancy credited as a key player in Warner Bros.’ 2010 acquisition of Shed Media has appointed former Lionsgate and Viasat executive Beata Hegedus to launch a UK office. Consultancy 3 Rivers has unveiled 3Rivers UK, which Hegedus will oversee as associate, content and business strategy. The unit will offer services such as […]

News brief: Shopping Monsters hit the high street in Latvia

Viasat’s Latvian channel TV3 has launched a local version of Global Agency format Shopping Monsters. The show is known locally as Iepirksanas Pavelnieces (Shopping Commanders) and comes as Global also sells a second season of the format to M6 in France and Vox for a fifth season in German. Meter Television is Sweden, Shine Finland […]

News brief: Braquo gets new homes, third season pick-ups

All three seasons of French drama Braquo have sold to broadcasters K+ in Vietnam, Croatia’s HRT and Viasat in Bulgaria. The first two have shopped to pan-regional Latin American channel DirecTV (excluding Brazil and Mexico), and the third season has sold to previous buyers Foxtel in Australia, Fox in the UK, Globosat in Brazil, Hot […]