Martin Meijs

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. […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: The Puppet Show

The Puppet Show was, Talpa Global boss Maarten Meijs says, a “butterfly project”, by which he means the team had butterflies in their stomachs ahead of broadcast. These likely disappeared when the overnights landed. The opening episode on Talpa-backed SBS6 delivering over one million viewers in an 8.30pm-10pm part of the grid that averages 450,000 […]

New World Order

Following confirmation of the game-changing Shine Group-Endemol merger and the emergence of an increasingly more consolidated TV business landscape, Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock speak to influential executives about key changes the industry is undergoing.   Mergers, acquisition and consolidation are not a new phenomenon in the media and entertainment sector. The clue is in […]

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? […]

Talpa staffs up international division

Formats creator and distributor Talpa has rejigged its international department giving Etienne De Jong a permanent role, making him head of international production. The company is enjoying the international success of The Voice format and has also recruited a new head of sales and launched a digital division. De Jong has previously worked at Endemol, […]