Endemol taps more Scandi production execs
LONDON — Reality juggernaut “Big Brother” is returning to Swedish TV following a five-year hiatus for the housemates.Local web TV4 has commissioned a new run of the show, the seventh to air in Sweden and the first to broadcast in the country since 2006. Show will be produced by Endemol Sweden, part of the recently launched Endemol Nordic. In a related move, Endemol Nordic has tapped two senior executives. Swedish producer Robert Jonsson becomes creative director of Endemol Sweden. He comes with 13 years of TV experience and a list of production credits including local versions of “Big Brother,” “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Pop Idol.” For the last three years Jonsson, who will be based in Stockholm, ran Zodiak’s creative development operation, Distillery, in London. He will exec producer the new Swedish “Big Brother” season. The other appointment is the hiring of Rikke Nissen, formerly executive producer at Nordisk Film TV, as managing director of Endemol Denmark. Nissen’s credits include exec producing two seasons of the pan-Scandinavian version of “Wipeout” on SBS, plus the daily soap “2900 Happiness” for Danish web TV 3. Nissen will be based in Copenhagen. Both execs will report to Michael Porseryd, CEO of Endemol Nordic, which bowed in July.