NonStop Entertainment sails the independent seas again
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Nordic and Baltic distributor’s head of distribution-acquisition and its original co-founder buy the company from Turner Broadcasting System
Nordic and Baltic distributor NonStop Entertainment, which Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting System acquired five years ago, has been sold to its distribution and acquisition director, Jakob Abrahamsson, and its original co-founder, CG Andersson, who took over the Stockholm-based operation last week (21 August).
“We leave NonStop as a business in great shape, while we at Turner will focus on our core strengths,” said Ian McDonough, senior vice-president and managing director of Turner Broadcasting Northern Europe.
“We’ve had a great run under the Turner umbrella with some of our biggest successes, and we are now looking forward to sailing the independent seas again,” added Abrahamsson, who was head of distribution with “the old” NonStop from 2000 onwards, then took over as director of distribution and acquisition with “the new” NonStop in 2013.
NonStop Entertainment was part of the Millennium Media Group, including NonStop Sales, NonStop Television (13 channels in 53 countries) and Prime Text International, which was founded by Ignas Scheynius and his partner CG Andersson in 1998. Turner purchased the group in 2010.
Both Scheynius and Andersson stayed on at the company after the take-over, Scheynius as vice-president of Turner Broadcasting Nordic and Baltics – a job he left after Turner decided to close NonStop Sales in 2013 – and Andersson as managing director of the Nordic and Baltic distribution outfit.
NonStop Entertainment annually distributes around 40 new titles in the Nordic and Baltic markets – recent releases include Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan [+see also:
film profile], Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep [+see also:
interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
film profile] and US director David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows.
It will shortly launch Swedish director Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words, Spanish filmmaker Julio Medem’s Ma ma, French director Julie Delpy’s Lolo [+see also:
interview: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon
film profile], Swedish filmmaker Lisa Aschan’s The White People [+see also:
film profile], UK director Gaby Dellal’s About Ray and Argentinian director German Kral’s Our Last Tango.