Got Talent


De Mol poaches key executive from Simon Cowell

John de Mol’s Talpa has poached Simon Jones from Simon Cowell’s Syco. Jones, who was COO at Cowell’s company, will become CEO of Talpa’s new US division, Talpa Media USA.   Prior to Syco, Jones worked at ITV and FremantleMedia. He was the executive producer of American Idol and has also worked on the Got […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]