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Extra: Mathias Dopfner joins Netflix board; A+E UK orders “Forged with Steele”

Mathias Döpfner joins Netflix board of directors Digital streaming service Netflix has appointed Mathias Döpfner, chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, to its board of directors. Döpfner leads Axel Springer’s Berlin-based ...
September 18, 2018

Mathias Döpfner joins Netflix board of directors

Digital streaming service Netflix has appointed Mathias Döpfner, chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, to its board of directors.

Döpfner leads Axel Springer’s Berlin-based digital publishing house, which includes such brands as Bild, Die Welt, Business Insider and Politico Europe.

Mathias has been with Axel Springer since 1998, initially as editor-in-chief of Die Welt before rising to become CEO of Axel Springer in 2002, focusing on the company’s digital transformation.

“Mathias’ leadership at the vanguard of both European business and digital media brings us invaluable perspective and insight as we work to build and constantly improve our business all over the world,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, in a statement.

NENT Group Norway names new CEO

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has appointed Vegard Klubbenes Drogseth as CEO of NENT Group Norway, effective immediately.

Drogseth is tasked with managing NENT Group’s Norwegian broadcast television, streaming and radio operations.

The executive joined NENT Group in 2004 was previously head of pay-TV Norway at NENT Group, a role in which encompassed responsibility for Viaplay in Norway.

Drogseth’s appointment follows CEO Morten Aass‘s departure to take up the post of group-wide advisor on strategic content projects to Anders Jensen, NENT group president and CEO.

A+E Networks greenlights Forged with Steele

A+E Networks UK has commissioned Studio71, a Red Arrow Studios company, to produce a forthcoming series featuring English blacksmith and bladesmith Alec Steele (pictured) for its flagship channel History.

Forged with Steele (18 x 40 minutes) features YouTube personality Steele as he recreates historic weaponry in his Norwich forge. Steele manufactures historical weapons that have proven decisive in history’s iconic battles, including the Roman Gladius, Viking Battle Axe, Bowie Knife and M9 Bayonet.  

Forged With Steele was commissioned by Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK. Tom Payne is series produce. The series is executive produced by Jody Smith, creative director and will be distributed worldwide by Red Arrow Studios International.

Premiering in the UK this October, Forged With Steele is the companion piece for the History series, Forged in Fire.

Channel 4 commissions dating show pilot from Label1

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned London- and Bristol-based indie Label1 for a first-date experience pilot series.

Five Guys a Week (1 x 60 minutes) features one single girl with five trial live-in boyfriends for a week, all at the same time. They will go everywhere with her – from her job, to hanging out with her friends or dinner with her parents. A combination of fixed-rig and roaming cameras follow the action. The only rule is that the girl must eliminate four men by the end of the week until the last one is standing.

Five Guys a Week will be the first Label1 series to be executive produced by the indie’s head of factual entertainment Barnaby Coughlin. Coughlin joined Label1 in May from Twenty Twenty where he executive produced First Dates and First Dates Hotel.

The executive producers for Label1 are Coughlin, Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Philips.

Five Guys a Week was commissioned by Gilly Greenslade, factual entertainment commissioning editor.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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