Banijay Entertainment acquires Nordisk Film TV
Paris, 12 October 2009 – Banijay Entertainment announced today the acquisition of Nordisk Film TV, the television production division of Nordisk Film, owned by multinational media group Egmont.
Nordisk Film TV is currently one of Northern Europe’s largest independent television production companies. It generates a consolidated turnover of more than 50M€ and produces about 1,500 hours of television content a year, creating and producing hit programming within the genres of entertainment, serial drama, factual and reality. International formats produced by Nordisk include among others Who wants to be a Millionaire, Wipeout, Singing Bee and Farmer wants a Wife. Own devised shows created by Nordisk include among others hits like 71 degrees North, My Big Fat Parents and 2900 Happiness.
The deal also includes the company’s international distribution arm, Nordisk Film TV World, a leading distributor of formats and finished programming from the Nordic region and other parts of the world. Nordisk Film TV World sells its own devised properties as well as those created by third party partners, to more than 57 countries worldwide.
CEO Jacob Houlind and CCO Peter Hansen joined Nordisk Film TV in the beginning of 2006 to head the Nordic television production division. Under their management the company has grown to become one of the leaders of television production in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, doubling the company’s revenue in three years. As part of the Banijay group, Jacob Houlind and Peter Hansen will continue to manage and develop the company on its core business area under its current brand name Nordisk Film TV.
The deal also includes part-owned subsidiaries Respirator Media & Development (Denmark) as well as Solar Television (Finland).