Talpa Media

Young adults shunning drama for reality – study

Young adults overwhelmingly favour the entertainment and reality genres when watching linear TV, according to a new study. Entertainment represented 40% of young adult (15-34) TV viewing time in ten territories studied in Médiametré’s Young Adults Report. This compares with 36% of the overall population. The figures suggest young adults – or millennials – are […]

Spanish net settles under Wishing Tree

A Spanish broadcaster has become the latest to acquire a local version of Talpa Media format The Wishing Tree. Pubcaster RTVE has bought the format, taking the overall number of territories to take the show towards ten. Previous deals include VTM taking it in Belgium, ITV piloting it in the UK, Antenna Group buying it […]

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. […]

eOne turns down £1bn ITV offer

Entertainment One has rejected UK broadcaster ITV’s £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) takeover bid. The offer “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects,” according to an eOne statement released a statement to the stock exchange. eOne said the preliminary proposal, made ahead of a hard offer, came in at 236p per share, or £1.01 billion. It […]

eOne denies ITV takeover bid

Canadian media group Entertainment One has denied receiving a takeover approach from UK broadcaster ITV, as analysts suggest the real value in the company is in its TV division. Bloomberg yesterday reported preliminary talks had begun between the pair over the potential deal, citing sources close to the discussions. Both sides initially declined to comment, […]

Seven fires Talpa’s Cannonball with ITV Studios

Australian commercial net Seven Network has commissioned ITV Studios Australia to create a local version of Talpa Media’s outdoor water-based format Cannonball. This represents the first fruit of an exclusive production partnership ITVS has with Talpa in Australia and the Nordic region. Both are part of UK broadcaster ITV, which bought Talpa last year. Cannonball […]

Talpa taps ex-C4 exec for UK development

Talpa UK has hired a former Channel 4 commissioning editor to become its director of development and formats. The British arm of ITV Studios-owned Talpa Media has appointed Madeleine Knight to the post. She joins having previously been at UK broadcaster C4, where her commissions included 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Time Crashers, […]

Talpa forms JV with China’s Zhejiang

Talpa Media has created a joint venture in China with major local broadcaster Zhejiang Talent Television. The pair are set to sign a memorandum of understanding that says they will work together to develop and produce original programming in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Talpa, which last year became part of ITV after a […]

Liberty ups ITV stake, ‘rules out’ takeover

Cable giant Liberty Global has upped its stake in ITV, but has ruled out making an offer to acquire the UK broadcaster. Liberty has acquired 138.7 million ITV shares, taking its overall number to 398.5 million – or 9.9% of the business. Last year it paid £481 million (US$750 million) for a 6.4% stake. Industry […]

ITV Studios on song as int’l business grows

ITV channels lost viewing share but reported a strong financial performance in the in the first half of 2015. As the UK-listed broadcaster continued its efforts to diversify its revenue base, content arm ITV Studios continued to perform strongly internationally. The UK broadcaster’s aggressive M&A drive continued in the first half of the year with […]