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    SF Studios enters a strategic co-financing partnership with Anton Corp for its international expansion.

    SF Studios

    SF Studios and European content company Anton Corp have entered a strategic partnership with the aim to co-finance SF Studios’ English-language international productions.

    Under the partnership, films will be produced by SF Studios, sold internationally by SF Studios in consultation with Anton Corp, and co-financed by both parties. The first film will be announced shortly.

    The partnership is an important milestone in SF Studios’ strategy to take a stronger position on the international film market with an ambition to produce a number of high quality feature films and TV series based on Nordic intellectual properties with top Nordic talents such as Daniel Espinosa (Life, Child 44, Safe House), Babak Najafi (London has fallen, Easy Money II) and Jens Jonsson (Easy Money III: Life Deluxe, The King of Ping Pong), with whom projects are currently in development.

    “We are very happy to be working closely with Anton Corp, Sebastien Raybaud, Harold van Lier and the rest of the team, as they bring to the venture a vast experience of co-financing international productions as well as a deep knowledge of international markets. With our ambitious international strategy, this partnership is an important step on our way to expand our business outside the Nordic territories,” says Frida Westerberg, Deputy CEO and COO at SF Studios.

     


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    Bonnier has acquired Fastighetsnytt Förlags AB, Sweden’s leading media and conference company within the real estate and construction sector, with powerful brands and services such as Business Arena, Fastighetsnytt and Fastighetsjobb. Founders Johan and Henrik Zetterstedt will continue to run the company.

    Johan Zetterstedt, Mikael Nestius and Henrik Zetterstedt

    Fastighetsnytt is a knowledge- and market-leader within media and forums for issues around real estate and construction. From the original trade newspaper, the company has developed into a wide-ranging and profitable niche media company. Today, the forum Business Arena accounts for the majority of the company’s revenues. With annual conferences in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Umeå as well as during Almedalen Week in Visby, Business Arena is the Swedish real estate industry’s most important forum.

    “It’s exciting to be bringing this well-run company into the Bonnier fold,” says Mikael Nestius, CEO for Bonnier Business Media. “Founders Johan and Henrik Zetterstedt have, with their deep knowledge of the industry and their business savvy, created media and arenas that are essential for decisionmakers in Swedish real estate and unique in the Swedish media market when it comes to scope, turnover and profitability.”

    “This deal gives us new possibilities to consolidate and develop our entire business and our concepts while maintaining and increasing business value for the entire real estate and construction industry,” says Johan Zetterstedt. “We have a long-term commitment to the company and look forward to developing and sharing our entrepreneurial spirit within the new organization. Which is why Henrik and I will continue to be active in the company’s strategic development, together with the staff and new owners.”

    Fastighetsnytt will be part of Bonnier’s Swedish business-to-business operations within the business area Bonnier News, which includes business and trade media Dagens industri, Dagens Medicin, Veckans Affärer and Resumé.

    “With the strong brands Bonnier has, we get the opportunity to broaden our offering and our target audience while increasing the business value for our partners and their customers,” says Henrik Zetterstedt.

    “Along with the wonderful business Fastighetsnytt is in and of itself, there is also huge potential to develop new business together with business daily Dagens industri and our other trade media,” says Anders Eriksson, head of the business area Bonnier News. “I’m convinced that Bonnier’s businesses are strengthened with this acquisition, not least from Fastighetsnytt’s transformation from a traditional trade magazine to an innovative media player that, above all, has taken the conference business to a whole new level.”

    “With its long history and strong foundation in the Swedish business community, we see Bonnier as an excellent owner for Fastighetsnytt and Business Arena, which can then be developed to new levels,” says Johan Zetterstedt. “That Bonnier is family owned, privately held and has a strong position in many industries and countries is an incredible strength for us, our staff and our customers.”

     


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    The Austrian company is a pioneer in MicroLearning. 

    Under a recently signed agreement, Bonnier Business to Business is investing in Austrian learning and knowledge media company KnowledgeFox. The company offers MicroLearning, a solution for sustainable learning in small steps that works with all digital communication devices. Currently, KnowledgeFox has over 50 partners in 23 countries around the world. 

    “The KnowledgeFox acquisition is one step in the Bonnier Business to Business strategic plan to strengthen our offering to B2B customers in the field of knowledge development,” says Karmo Kaas-Lutsberg, head of Bonnier Business to Business. “We serve our customers in different niches with various training tools and materials both offline and digitally. The KnowledgeFox platform and MicroLearning-based content creation will enable Bonnier Business to Business to add an innovative way of knowledge development for our existing and new customers.”

     


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    AMC Theatres, the world’s leading cinema company, is acquiring Nordic Cinema Group, which includes Swedish cinema chain SF Bio. 

    AMC is acquiring the Nordic Cinema Group (NCG) from Bridgepoint and Bonnier Holding. In conjunction with the change in ownership, Bonnier Holding is selling its 30 percent stake in the company for SEK 1.6 billion.

    “Through its successful and substantial investments in better cinema experiences, the Nordic Cinema Group has improved profitability and contributed to the cinema’s strong position in Sweden. Now the company will have a new owner with a successful nearly 100-year history in the cinema industry,” says Erik Haegerstrand, CEO, Bonnier Holding.

    “For Bonnier, the increased value achieved by the Nordic Cinema Group contributes to our financial strength, and provide more room to maneuver in the future. Growth in recent years shows that the cinema industry continues to be strong, and we believe cinemas will remain an important arena for film. Through SF Studios, the Nordic region’s leading production and distribution company, Bonnier will continue to be heavily involved in the Swedish film industry.”

    The Nordic Cinema Group is the Nordic and Baltic region’s leading cinema company with 68 wholly owned and 50 partially owned cinemas in Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Baltic region. The company was formed in March 2013 in a deal where Bonnier-owned SF Bio merged with Ratos-owned Finnkino. In 2015, Ratos sold its majority stake to Bridgepoint.

    AMC Theatres opened its first cinema in Kansas City in 1920, and is the world’s largest and leading cinema company. Through the acquisition of the British Odeon Cinemas Group, AMC has a significant presence in the European market, with 244 cinemas in the U.K., Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Portugal.

    The Nordic Cinema Group will be part of Odeon Cinemas, which comprises AMC’s European operations. The head office will remain in Stockholm under the leadership of CEO Jan Bernhardsson.

    The transaction is conditional upon antitrust clearance by the European Commission, which is expected to be received in the first half of 2017.

    Bonnier Holding is the parent company for Bonnier’s operations, and includes media group Bonnier AB, real estate group Bonnier Fastigheter and other investments.

     


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    Bonnier AB and JP/Politikens Hus have signed a contract for common ownership of Denmark’s leading business daily, Børsen. Following the deal, Bonnier will own 50.1 percent and JP/Politikens Hus 49.9 percent.

    Børsen building

    In January 2016, Danish publisher JP/Politikens Hus signed an agreement to acquire leading Danish business daily Børsen from Bonnier. Following objections by the Danish competition authorities, the two companies have decided on a new deal where Bonnier will sell a minority stake. The agreement is based on the same valuation of Børsen in the original deal, which means that JP/Politkens Hus will acquire 49.9 percent of the paper for DKK 400 million.

    “We’ve ended up with a very good deal for Bonnier,” says Tomas Franzén, CEO for Bonnier. “When we saw that the Danish competition authorities had objections to the sale, we made a decision together with JP/Politikens Hus to take a step back in order to find the best way forward for us, for them and for Børsen. The result is that we continue as majority owners and with control over a very successful and well-positioned media company, while the deal gives us increased financial resources of some SEK 500 million. It gives us extra playing room to continue investing in line with our strategy.”

    Børsen is Denmark’s leading business daily and a platform for business and finance news. The company includes Børsen Associated Media (BAM) which includes the Danish medical journal Dagens Medicin, an e-learning business and digital management handbooks.

     


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  • 01/26/17--05:07: Clio Prep Course Launches
  • Free digital subject portal from Bonnier Education supports students newly arrived to Sweden.

    Clio Prep Course

    Some 50,000 kids of school age arrived in Sweden in 2015. Which has put huge demands on schools and teachers. To ease the way into both schools and Swedish society, Bonnier Education has launched a free digital subject portal for the growing number of prep courses for newly arrived students.

    Many people have sought out a new life in Northern Europe, not least in Sweden, which has created a number of challenges. According to the Swedish National Agency for Education's analysis of the Swedish Migration Agency's statistics* some 71,000 children and teens arrived in Sweden during 2015, of which more than 50,000 are of school age.

    The large number of kids has put pressure on Swedish schools and teachers. There is a big shortage of trained teachers of Swedish as a second language, and many schools are having difficulty meeting the needs of the newly arrived students.

    Unique Possibilities With a Digital Format

    Many teachers are fighting to find materials for the complex target audience that the newly arrived students represent, and that's exactly what Bonnier Education aims to help with, via a new subject portal. 

    "One of the biggest challenges in prep classes is the huge diversity among students when it comes to language ability and school background, and this is where a digital subject portal provides many advantages," says Angelica Hedin, chief editor at Bonnier Education.

    "The portal provides unique opportunities to differentiate instruction compared with using traditional textbooks. With one click, you can have the same material presented in different levels of difficulty, have a text read aloud and use study guides in several languages. Furthermore, the portal is updated continually by Bonnier Education's editorial team of teachers, so the material is always up to date." 

    Welcome to Sweden!

    "Clio Föreberedelseklass - Clio Prep Course - caters primarily to newly arrived students in grades four to nine as well as language introduction courses that prepare students for secondary schools. With help from texts on two different levels, study guides in different languages and interactive activities, students get opportunities to develop their Swedish language skills," says Hedin.

    "The focus of the prep courses is to support students' language development, but also to give students insights into Swedish culture and knowledge of different school subjects. That's why the portal includes an introduction to Swedish society, Välkommen hit!, as well as texts and activities the give students the chance to develop  their knowledge of different school subjects."

    Free for Schools

    Bonnier Education has developed Clio Förberedelseklass with support from Bonnier AB, which has a majority stake in the company.

    "This is a shared task for Sweden, to give all children the foundation for succeeding in school," says Tomas Franzén, CEO for Bonnier AB. "We see that there is a huge challenge for both kids and teachers. And an opportunity for us to contribute something concrete to society. I'm personally extremely proud that we've developed the Clio Förberedelseklass that is being made available for free to all Swedish teachers."

    Clio Förberedelseklass - Clio Prep Course - can be used free by teachers and students in Sweden's roughly 7,000 elementary and secondary schools. Already prior to launch, more than 600 teachers applied to test Clio Förberedelseklass. The new subject portal is available at www.clioonline.se/forberedelseklass.

    Clio Förberedelseklass is funded under the Bonnier Social Impact program, an initiative for companies within Bonnier to receive financing by parent company Bonnier AB for projects that are closely linked to the business and have a clear social benefit.


     


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    The Swedish magazine publisher and influencer network join forces. 

    Bonnier combines forces with Swedish magazine publisher Bonnier Tidskrifter and influencer network Tailsweep combining to create the biggest influencer network in the Nordic region.

    Tailsweep has a network with 190 independent influencers, the biggest of its kind in Sweden, focused on blogs, Instagram, Facebook and other social media. Bonnier Tidskrifter has some 60 influencers connected to its various well-known brands.

    "We love influencers, so Tailsweep and Bonnier Tidskrifter is a match made in heaven," says Frid Boisen, head of digital for Bonnier Tidskrifter. "Not only can we offer our advertisers a new unique cooperation, even our influencers get a new career push."

     


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  • 02/01/17--05:52: Verslo Žinios and Lexnet
  • The Lithuanian integrated information system Lexnet, with its legal information retrieval system Infolex, joins up with top business daily Verslo Žinios.

    Infolex Verslo Zinios logos

    Bonnier Business Press AB, the Swedish holding company of Lithuanian business daily Verslo Žinios, has acquired a majority interest in legal information services company Lexnet. 

    Established in 2005, Lexnet is a leader in the area of integrated information systems for law professionals in Lithuania. It offers the legal information retrieval system Infolex, one of the most widely used tools among legal professionals in Lithuania.

    “The acquisition of UAB Lexnet is part of a long-term strategy of UAB Verslo Žinios aimed at providing businesses and other professionals with high value-added information services,” says Ugnius Jankauskas, CEO of Verslo Žinios. “Lexnet is the only company in Lithuania which accumulates and analyses all normative legal information, within the framework of its electronic system Infolex.”

     


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    Eesti Ekspress reporter Marian Männi wins the Bonnier Award in Estonia.

    Hans-Jacob Bonnier giving the Bonnier Award to Marian Männi (photo Andres Haabu/Äripäev

    Estonia's top journalism prize was awarded yesterday to Eesti Ekspress reporter Marian Männi in a ceremony in Tallinn. The prize, now in its 22nd year, is given annually to recognize the best efforts in investigative journalism in Estonia.

    Männi won for her exposé of suspicious business activity and lies of the newly appointed Minister of Rural Affairs. Some two and a half weeks later, the Minister resigned.

    Along with Männi, there were three finalists: Koit Brinkmann, Äripäev, for his reporting on Tallinn`s waste business, where a group of businessmen stored tens of thousands of tons of garbage on government land without any penalties; Tuuli Jõesaar of Eesti Päevalehtwho discovered that the Veterinary and Food Board allowed sales of Cellfood, a dangerous sulphuric acid dilution; and Tuuli Koch, Risto Berendson and Oliver Kund of Postimees, who exposed a political corruption case with a  well-known businessman who accused politicians of asking for huge bribes.

    The award was founded in 1996 by Bonnier, which continues to sponsor the award.

     


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    Top executives Maria Curman and Åsa Sjöberg to join the board of film and TV production company SF Studios.

    In a move to further strengthen SF Studios’ future operations and activities, media executives Maria Curman and Åsa Sjöberg have been recruited to join the board of directors. Curman will serve as chairman and Sjöberg as board member. 

    Both Curman and Sjöberg have long experience in the media industry. They will assume their new roles during the spring 2017.

    “It is with great joy that I welcome Maria Curman and Åsa Sjöberg to the board of SF Studios”, says Ulrika Saxon, Bonnier’s representative on the board of directors of SF Studios and CEO at Bonnier Growth Media. “Maria's solid background from top positions within the media industry and her extensive board experience, makes her ideal for the role as chairman. We are also extremely proud to get access to Åsa’s profound knowledge of the industry and her long experience of working with creative talents in environments were content is in focus."

    Curman is a board member of Bonnier AB and was the CEO for Bonnier Books. Prior to that, she was CEO at the Swedish public television channel SVT, Bonnier Publishing, Bonnier Education and the publishing house Almqvist & Wiksell. Maria Curman is currently also a board member of Bonnier Books, Cappelen Damm A/S, Apoteket AB and Work For You.

    Åsa Sjöberg is director of content at Bonnier Broadcasting and has worked at TV4 since 1999, where she was held positions as commissioning editor and executive producer in the programming department, as well as head of commissioning and director of programs. Prior to that she held positions as editor and producer at Strix Television, and has studied journalism at Stockholm University. She represents the Swedish film and drama industry on the board of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

    Other permanent board members for SF Studios are Saxon, Mikael Lövgren, Peter Fornstam, Håkan Rudels and Anders Rydén.