The Winner Is

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 […]

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 […]

News brief: Mid East nets reveals Winner

A trio of broadcasters in the Middle East has ordered a local version of Talpa Media format The Winner is… Pan-regional channel Dubai TV, Egypt’s Al Hayat and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International have all commissioned Sony Pictures Television to create a local remake of the show, which will comprise 14 episodes and two live […]

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, […]

Talpa USA raids Endemol and Mark Burnett for senior staff

Talpa hired several new staff, poaching executives from Endemol and Mark Burnett’s One Three Media. The US arm of John de Mol’s company is staffing up embarking on a major push into the US market off the back of after winning several programme orders. Monica Stock joins as VP of production having worked on 13 seasons […]