DRG and NENT Group Norway launched co-commissioning drive

DRG and NENT Group Norway announced the launch of a co-commissioning drive for non-scripted content. The focus will be on creating exciting, ratings-winning and long-running series for NENT Group’s TV3 channel – along with its sister channels Viasat4 and TV6 – as well as for the international market.

The companies are working together to define NENT Group Norway’s content needs and will combine their acquisitions efforts to co-finance and co-commission suitable projects. Over the coming year, the partnership aims to co-commission and co-produce a number of non-scripted series that DRG will then look to distribute internationally. DRG will manage the producer submission process, working to briefs from NENT Group.

The partnership is led by Adam Barth, SVP of sales for Europe, and Mette Kanne-Behrendsen, SVP of acquisitions of DRG, and Andreas Bakka Hjertø, NENT Group Norway’s TV3 program director.

Barth explained: 'Viewer demand for high quality factual content is extremely high around the world. With this partnership, we are leveraging DRG’s innate business advantage of being a broadcaster-owned distributor and creating a direct route to commissioners within our group. Our ambition is to co-commission compelling, multi-part series that will be successful in the schedules in Norway, as well as attract audiences across other channels and platforms worldwide'.

Bakka Hjertø concluded: 'Working more closely with DRG is both a creative and a cost-effective way for us to secure a pipeline of attractive factual content for our channels, and gives us an opportunity to create interesting new programme brands and IP together. We are excited at the prospect of working with even more talented producers and look forward to the first pitches'.