John de Mol


TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

SBS6 names ex-IDTV boss as channel chief

Dutch broadcaster SBS6 has hired the former CEO of All3Media-owned prodco IDTV as its new channel manager. Karin de Groot will replace interim chief Patrick van Mierlo, who had been filling in since the exit of René Oosterman in the midst of poor ratings. SBS Broadcasting content director Remco van Leen said SBS6 was planning […]

ITV links with Talpa for another show

UK broadcaster has greenlit quiz format Five Gold Rings, its latest project with Talpa, the Dutch producer and distributor it acquired last year. ITV and Talpa have been working increasingly closely since the deal, with the broadcaster ordering Talpa shows including The Wishing Tree; Dance, Dance, Dance; and The Voice, which it took from the BBC. […]

New interim chief for SBS6 to replace Oosterman

Patrick van Mierlo has taken over as interim programme director at Dutch broadcaster SBS6, following the resignation of René Oosterman. SBS6 has struggled in the ratings department despite acquiring valued Champions League football rights, with company part-owner John de Mol concerned by developments, according to local press. Van Mierlo, a seasoned Dutch executive who worked […]

Talpa hires Critical’s Danska

Talpa Media USA has poached Jennifer Danska from Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, which sits within Tom Forman’s Critical Content. Danska (pictured) will be senior VP, programming and development at Talpa Media’s North American arm, which has also promoted VP Monica Stock to SVP of production and director ReBecca Crawford to VP, current programming and development. Talpa […]

ITV confirms deal for The Voice

ITV has confirmed it has swooped for The Voice, taking it from the BBC. The UK commercial broadcaster had been widely rumoured to have wrested the show from the BBC after the UK pubcaster confirmed it had lost the rights, but official confirmation only came through this morning. ITV will debut its version of the […]

De Mol buys remaining Talpa Germany shares

Talpa Media has acquired the 50.1% of Talpa Germany it didn’t already own from publisher Axel Springer. In December, Talpa founder John de Mol (pictured) acquired a 49.9% stake in Schwartzkopff TV and rebranded it as Talpa Germany. Talpa was given the chance to buy the remaining shares as part of that agreement, and as […]

ITV completes Talpa takeover

ITV has completed its takeover of The Voice producer Talpa Media, a stock market announcement reveals. John de Mol’s Netherlands-based company is now part of the UK broadcaster, a move that strengthens the latter’s position in the European production market. ITV has paid an initial £355 million (US$538.4 million) for Talpa, though this could rise […]

ITV confirms Talpa takeover talks

UK broadcaster ITV has confirmed a British report that it is advanced stage talks to acquire John de Mol’s production group, Talpa Media. Talpa has entertaining bids for some time, with various sources linking Chinese companies with a deal as recently as last week. However, stock market-listed ITV confirmed on Friday a report in UK […]

Chinese video platform takes Voice Kids rights

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou has acquired rights to remake John de Mol’s format The Voice Kids. This is the second major international format de Mol created that Youku Tudou is remaking, after it took rights to make a Chinese version of Endemol’s flagship show Big Brother. Youku Tudou has taken the exclusive remake […]