John de Mol-owned formats company Talpa Media has struck a joint venture with Scandinavian producer Nordisk Film TV, the latest in a long line of a JVs that it has struck in the last twelve months.
Nordisk Film TV, which was acquired by Banijay Entertainment last year, will produce Talpa formats, including Dating in the Dark, I Love My Country and Viper’s Nest, across Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden as part of the deal.
Talpa recently struck a similar agreement with Warner Bros’ Warner Horizon aimed at getting Talpa shows into the US. It also inked a deal with Shine, which is taking its formats into France as well as with Spanish producer Boomerang and Portuguese producer CBV. At MIPCOM last year Talpa announced plans to launch in Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the UK and US.
John de Mol recently told TBIvision that it had originally planned to acquire producers but revised its corporate strategy to focus on joint ventures, which were quicker and easier to set up and make more sense in smaller markets than acquisitions. He added that he was still eyeing a JV deal in the UK and was keen to find a producer that wasn’t part of a bigger group.