Fremantle has swooped in for Nordic Entertainment Group’s unscripted assets, Variety can reveal.
The RTL Group-owned “Got Talent” producer will use their new assets — 12 companies in all across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark — to form Fremantle Nordics. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close later this year.
The Scandinavian NENT Group has had its unscripted assets on the sales block since early 2020. The companies included are Strong Productions (Denmark); Grillifilms, Moskito Television and Production House (Finland); Monster, Novemberfilm, One Big Happy Family, Playroom, Rakett and Strix TV (Norway); Baluba and Strix Television (Sweden).
The companies join Fremantle’s existing Nordic production outfits, which operate as Fremantle in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the separate Miso Films, producers of “The Investigation,” “The Rain” and “Those Who Kill,” and Blu, which makes “X Factor.”
NENT Group recently sold off its U.K. operations, as well, with All3Media picking up the production and distribution outfit, best know for shows like “Doc Martin” and “The Cry.”
The rationale behind the sales is to allow NENT Group to streamline operations and more keenly focus on its scripted efforts. The company is a major international co-production player through its streaming outfit Viaplay.
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