John de Mol

Talpa and Tencent strike Chinese deal

John de Mol’s Talpa and Chinese online video site Tencent are working together on a new reality show for the Chinese market. Details of the show itself, including its title, have not been released. Talpa said that the show will be developed and produced jointly by it and Tencent and will debut in 2015 on […]

Discovery weighs SBS Netherlands move

Discovery is understood to be considering a move for the SBS free-to-air broadcast business in the Netherlands. Reports surfaced in the Netherlands last week, suggesting that US-listed Discovery has contacted the SBS shareholders Sanoma and Talpa about a possible deal. Talpa founder John de Mol told De Telegraaf that Discovery is interested in a deal. […]

Talpa poaches FremantleMedia exec in int’l restructure

John de Mol’s Talpa Media has re-hired FremantleMedia’s Diana Buddingh for a newly-restructured international division, and poached the managing director of A. Smith & Co. to head its US division. Buddingh will be director of global productions at Talpa Global, which is born out the merger of the programming unit Talpa Content and global licensing […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

Canadian channel seeks format Utopia

Canada has become the sixth territory to get a local version of Talpa Media’s buzzy social experiment format Utopia. Rogers Broadcasting-owned City TV scored the deal with distributor Talpa International, and is planning to launch its English-language show this autumn as part of its fall/winter schedule. Utopia launched in the Netherlands on SBS6, which is […]

Talpa organises US formats pitching competition

The US division Talpa is soliciting format ideas for Talpa Pitchfest, a pitching competition that will be held in LA. Formats producer and distributor Talpa organised the first Pitchfest last year and the second edition will run from September 22-26. It is open to new and existing production companies and individuals with new ideas for […]

Prima buys into Talpa’s Utopia

Romanian free-to-air broadcaster Prima TV has ordered a local version of Utopia, the reality format from John de Mol’s Talpa. The show started out in the Netherlands on SBS6 as a year-long series. It follows 15 participants as they attempt to create a perfect society from scratch. Viewers can watch on broadcast TV as well […]

Fox, Apollo plan Endemol, Shine, Core merger

21st Century Fox plans to create a joint venture with fund manager Apollo Global Management that would house a combined group of Endemol, Shine and CORE Media. Fox, Apollo plan to merge three major global production companies Move would bring Big Brother, MasterChef and Idol franchises together for first time No guarantee of deal, but […]

Talpa’s de Mol predicts major prodco consolidation

John de Mol has predicted “further centralisation” will lead to between three and five consolidated super indies dominating the production landscape within the next three years. Speaking exclusively to TBI, Endemol co-founder de Mol pointed to current M&A movement within the super indies as a sign major consolidation is forthcoming. This comes as Warner Bros. […]

Talpa cuts international format deals

John de Mol-owned formats firm Talpa has struck deals for local versions of its shows in France and Africa. France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has ordered a local version of The Winner Is… Shine France is making the French show and Benjamin Castaldi (Secret Story) will host the gameshow. Shine France also makes the French […]