John de Mol

De Mol’s Talpa launches branded prodcos in Europe

John De Mol’s Talpa Media is launching branded production bases in the UK, Italy and Scandinavia. Talpa UK, Talpa Italia and Talpa Nordic have been established in London, Rome and Copenhagen, with Shed Media, Sony-backed Toro TV and Nordisk  Film TV the respective local joint venture partners. All three bases will produce formats such as […]

Report: Apollo set to gain control of Endemol

Endemol shareholder Apollo Global Management has reportedly beaten co-founder John de Mol in the race to gain control of the production and distribution giant. Apollo, the US-based investment company that already owns American Idol brand owner Core Media Group, will pick up a majority of shares – around two-thirds – after striking an agreement with […]

Fox prepares for Utopia

Big Brother creator John de Mol’s hot new reality format Utopia has been bought by Fox. The programme will see a group of strangers work together to create a perfect society over a year, with minimal supplies and cameras following their every move 24/7 online and broadcast weekly on Fox for US broadcast television. TBI […]

Pair of appointments at Talpa

Shashi Baboeram Panday and Barry Masclee have been appointed CFO and chief corporate officer respectively at John de Mol’s Talpa Holding. Talpa Holding comprises a group of companies that each has its own management team including production and distribution division Talpa Media as well as Talpa Radio and Talpa Music. Panday’s appointment follows the departure […]

David Goldberg out at Endemol

David Goldberg is leaving Endemol USA at the end of the year. The chairman and CEO of Endemol’s North American division has been with the company for over a decade having been brought in by John de Mol in 2000 to build a US business. Goldberg will depart in December but remain as a consultant […]

Nine orders kids version of The Voice

Nine Network has ordered a kids version of talent show The Voice. The Australian free-to-air broadcaster commissioned the series from Shine’s Australian division, which will make the singing talent show for kids aged 8-14. Two seasons of The Voice have now aired on Nine and auditions are already underway for the kids spin-off, which will […]

Mark Ramakers out as CFO at Talpa

The CFO of Talpa, the producer behind The Voice, is leaving the John de Mol-owned company. Talpa said this morning that Mark Ramaker “has decided to leave Talpa and continue his career elsewhere”. John de Mol said: “I do regret that Mark is leaving us, as he has met all our expectations as a knowledgeable […]

Sony taking Talpa’s The Voice into Italy

Sony Pictures Television’s Italian prodcution arm along with Talpa have inked a deal for hit format The Voice with Italian public broadcaster RAI, TBI has learned. SPT’s Italian production arm Toro will make the show for RAI, marking the first time the show has been seen in Italy. A thirteen-episode series will debut next year […]

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 […]

Banijay wins Popstars format dispute with Talpa

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Talpa cannot launch ‘The Next Popstar’ format under that name because it is too similar to ‘Popstars‘, the format ultimately owned by Banijay. The District Court of The Hague issued a ruling yesterday that the title of the upcoming Talpa talent show was too similar to that […]