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ITV’s Crozier to keynote MIPCOM

Adam Crozier, the CEO of UK broadcaster ITV, will deliver a keynote speech at MIPCOM in October. On Monday, October 5, Crozier’s Media Mastermind talk will cover points such as creative renewal at the network, its global expansion in markets such as the US and new international scripted coproductions. His thoughts on scripted will tie […]

French network to make Talpa’s Puppet Show

French commercial network TF1 is the first overseas broadcaster to create a local version of Dutch entertainment format The Puppet Show. The Talpa Media-produced-and-owned format debuted in the Netherlands on SBS6 and was a ratings hit. The first season increased its average slot share for the key 20-49 demographic by 127.7%. The opening episode on […]

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 ‘set to buy Twofour’

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire Plymouth-based production and distribution group Twofour, a Media Guardian report claims. The deal’s value is not known, but could see Educating Essex producer Twofour fetch around £70 million (US$107.5 million), according the paper’s estimates. Twofour merged with Boom Pictures in October 2013, though the partnership has not been […]

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 in for $950m Weinstein TV assets

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire the television assets of The Weinstein Company in a deal worth US$950 million. A deal, comprising an initial down payment of around US$400 million, would come hot on the heels of ITV’s acquisition of John de Mol’s Talpa Media. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, […]

ITV looks to international business for growth

Reporting strong full-year results this morning, UK broadcaster ITV said today revenue at its content unit ITV Studios will grow £100 million (US$153.4 million) this year. It also pinpointed international expansion in its new three-point growth plan. The content business has been boosted by a wave of acquisitions of production businesses, notably in the US. […]

Smeenge in at Zodiak as SBS lands Lubbers

Jan Hendrik Smeenge has been promoted to Zodiak Nederland CEO following the exit of Peter Lubbers, who is leaving for a new job at SBS Broadcasting. Smeenge (left) is currently head of development, having joined last year from Eyeworks Nederland last July. In the new post he will report to group CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin […]

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 […]

Fox’s Utopia experiment over

US broadcaster Fox has cancelled big-budget social experiment format Utopia. Just two months after the show launched on the channel, ratings have proven too low to continue. This is despite major investment and support in the project from key Fox reality executives, including executive VP, alternative entertainment Simon Andreae. The show, which comes from John […]