Karoline Spodsberg Takes Over as Nordic Group COO at Nordisk Film TV

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"Opposite Worlds"

For the past five years, the Scandinavian executive has been managing director at Banijay International, selling such reality show formats as "Opposite Worlds."

Karoline Spodsberg is shifting from format production and sales group Banijay International to Banijay Group subsidiary Nordisk Film TV, where she will become Chief Operating Officer of the entire Nordic Group.

In her new position, Spodsberg will be in charge of planning, implementing and optimizing Pan-Nordic development and sales operations at Nordisk Film TV.

She will join Nordisk after this year's Mipcom television market in Cannes in October, reporting directly to Nordisk Film TV CEO Jacob Houlind.

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Banijay-owned Nordic Group operates six production and development companies across Scandinavia and is the largest producer in the region, delivering more than 1,000 hours of programming to local broadcasters last year.

"Nordisk has grown the Nordic Group organically by more than 60 percent over the past 5 years,” said Houlind comments “This has required attaining the right creative talent as well as forging external partnerships with our joint venture partners.  In order to fulfill our big ambitions for both the Nordic region and for the Banijay Group we need an internationally experienced executive with strong strategic capabilities. We are delighted that Karoline is coming home to help us take the next steps on our great adventure."

Paris-based Banijay recently hired former Endemol North America CEO David Goldberg  to launch a U.S. division, Banijay Studios North America.

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Together with Nordic Group Chief Creative Officer Peter Hansen, Spodsberg will also manage the Nordic creative unit at the company, overseeing the adaptation of Banijay Group formats in the region and the adaptation of locally-developed shows worldwide. Banijay's catalog includes reality formats such as Opposite Worlds, which airs on Syfy in the U.S., and celebrity diving show Stars in Danger: The High Dive.

Spodsberg will also oversee all third party relationships including those with John de Mol's Talpa Group through the companies' recently-launched joint venture Talpa Nordic as well as with Swedish production companies Elk and Mexiko.