Award winning ‘The Great Escape’ returns for second season on Viaplay

April 5 2018

On 1 December 2018, MTG’s critically acclaimed kids original series ‘The Great Escape’ returns to Viaplay for a second season. An engaging combination of entertainment and education aimed at younger viewers, ‘The Great Escape’ was named Children’s Program of the Year at Sweden’s Kristallen awards in 2017.

  • ‘The Great Escape’ season two premieres exclusively on MTG’s Nordic streaming service Viaplay
  • MTG continues to invest in high quality kids content
  • MTG’s content production and distribution businesses will exhibit at MIPTV in Cannes, France on 9-12 April

The Great Escape’ aims to present complex subjects like chemistry and mathematics in an entertaining and informative way. The series follows a ‘Christmas calendar’ format, with a new episode released every day from 1 December to Christmas Eve, and is produced in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish versions with Beppe Singer, Ole André Sivertsen and Niels Christian Meyer headlining a local cast in each respective country.

The win by ‘The Great Escape’ at the Kristallen awards in September 2017 was the first time a kids series created for a streaming service claimed the biggest prize in Swedish TV. The series is produced by Nexiko, a production company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Season one premiered exclusively on MTG’s Nordic streaming service Viaplay in December 2016.

Jakob Mejlhede, MTG EVP and Head of Programming and Content Development: “Thousands of budding young scientists across the Nordic region can’t be wrong – mixing creative experiments with a dramatic storyline is a winning formula. We’ve seen huge demand from kids and parents for a second season of the runaway success that is ‘The Great Escape’, and we continue to invest in high quality kids content as a clear differentiator for Viaplay, the leading streaming service in the Nordic region.”

Another Viaplay kids original, the 16 part original series ‘Peppy Pals’ aiming to help children develop their emotional and social intelligence, premiered in September 2017.

MTG at MIPTV 2018

MTG’s content production and distribution businesses will exhibit at MIPTV in Cannes, France on 9-12 April 2018. Other activities include:

  • Saturday 7 April: Craig Ferguson nominated for Best Host of a Television Format 2018 at 2018 International Format Awards for the Viaplay series ‘Couple Thinkers’
  • Sunday 8 April: Merrily Ross, MTG VP of Formats, participates in the panel ‘New Ways to Get from Paper to Broadcast’, Esterel, Palais 5, Palais des Festivals, CET 0900
  • Monday 9 April: Preview screening of ‘Conspiracy of Silence’, Auditorium A, Palais 3, Palais des Festivals, CET 15:45

MTG has over 50 original scripted projects in the pipeline. ‘The Lawyer’; ‘Stella Blómkvist’; ‘ALEX’; ‘Couple Thinkers’; ‘Occupied’; ‘Hassel’; ‘Superswede’; ‘Veni Vidi Vici’; and seasons one and two of ‘Swedish Dicks’ have already premiered. Recently commissioned originals include ‘Four Hands Menu’; ‘Rig 45’; ‘Hidden’; ‘Wisting’; ‘Pro’s and Con’s’; ‘Straight Forward’; and ‘Conspiracy of Silence’.

MTG’s originals are increasingly reaching global audiences. During 2017, ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ premiered on premium US streaming service Hulu; ‘Swedish Dicks’ premiered on Pop TV in the US; ‘Black Lake’ was picked up by BBC Four and AMC Networks-backed Shudder; and ‘Superswede’ was acquired for global distribution by IM Global Television.

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