Viaplay originals greenlight flurry continues

Another day, another new original drama for Scandinavia SVOD service Viaplay. The MTG-owned service has commissioned suspense thriller Rig 45, its third greenlight in four days. Rig 45 comes from MTG Studios, the production arm of European content group MTG. The series follows a woman (Catherine Walker, Versailles), who is greeted with a wall of […]

MTG reveals Hidden Swedish original

MTG Studios has revealed its next original drama Hidden, fronted by Izabella Scorupco (GoldenEye) and August Wittgenstein (The Crown). Based in Stockholm, the Swedish thriller will premier exclusively on MTG’s Nordic streaming service Viaplay in 2018, followed by TV3 in Sweden. A similar model has been used for various Viaplay originals, including upcoming Norwegian drama Wisting. […]

MTG preps ‘biggest ever’ drama from Norway

MTG’s production arm is lining up a drama series for broadcaster TV3 and SVOD service that’s billed as “one of Norway’s biggest ever” dramas. The total budget of MTG Studios’ Wisting was not revealed, but the Norwegian Film Institute is alone investing NOK10.5 million (US$1.3 million). MTG Studios has been ramping up production to supply […]

Viaplay chief exits as MTG rejig continues

Ira Gladnikoff, head of Viaplay, is leaving Scandinavia-based broadcaster MTG as the company continues to restructure its Nordic entertainment business. Gladnikoff will exit to “take on new challenges outside MTG” after less than six months in the role, with a number of other executives taking on new responsibilities. Ysterday, TBI reported on a number of […]

VOD impact leads to MTG programming rejig

The Norwegian arm of European broadcaster MTG has reorganised its programming team to bring its increasingly influential on-demand services together with its linear TV unit. MTG TV said the rejig, which further integrates the AVOD-funded Viafree and SVOD service Viaplay closer to its linear TV offering, had been created “to support a future-orientated content strategy”. […]

Viaplay commits to Conspiracy of Silence

MTG video streaming service Viaplay has ordered an eight-part political thriller named Conspiracy of Silence. The announcement comes on the same day HBO Europe unveiled its first original series from the Nordic region, Gösta. Set in murky world of the international arms trade, the drama will follow Jens Hultén (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as […]

Google exec to lead Discovery Nordics digital unit

Google exec Karin Bonde has left the tech giant to become VP of Discovery Networks Nordics’ digital entertainment business. The new role will see Bonde leading operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, working on growing the unit through new business models and digital content types. She begins her new role next Tuesday (August 22), based […]

Viaplay calls on Peppy Pals for new kids original

Scandinavian SVOD service Viaplay is getting its second kids TV original – a 16-part series based on a popular children’s app. Peppy Pals follows on from The Great Escape, which premiered on the service in December last year as a first original for children. It is also the first original announced since Ira Gladnikoff succeeded […]

Fox debuts on-demand service in France

Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa has today launched its authenticated on-demand service in France. A deal with local affiliate partner Canal+ will see the VOD service becoming the latest to get Fox’s branded digital video product. Fox Play will stream through TV, mobile, tablet and web, and allows for offline viewing, and is offered […]

Drama at the members’ club

Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox tell TBI about Atrium, their new club for platforms that want to source their own high-end drama series. Howard Stringer is known, among other things, for running Sony, producing for CBS, and until recently, being a non-exec director of UK pubcaster the BBC. His new venture is a first-of-its-kind members […]

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