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London — U.S. venture capital group Apollo Global Management has won the battle for control of entertainment giant Endemol, according to a report in a Dutch business newspaper.
The Financieele Dagblad, quoting unnamed sources, reported that Apollo has reached a deal with Endemol’s creditors, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Goldman Sachs, to allow Apollo to take a majority stake.
It is understood that Endemol’s management would be supportive of such an outcome on the basis that it would achieve a sustainable capital structure.
Apollo owns Core Media, whose formats include “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and speculation has mounted that it would merge Endemol, whose TV shows include “Big Brother” and “Deal or No Deal,” and Core.
Investment company Dasym Investment Strategies, of which Endemol co-founder John De Mol is a minority shareholder, had also been trying to seize control of Endemol. It »
- Leo Barraclough
BMG, the music rights group owned by German media giant Bertelsmann, has agreed to acquire Benelux electronic dance music publisher Talpa Music. The companies announced the deal Monday, but didn't disclose financial details. Talpa Music was formed in 2005 by Dutch media entrepreneur and reality TV producer John de Mol and Dutch music publisher Tony Berk. De Mol had founded TV firm Talpa Group in 2004 after selling independent production giant Endemol (Big Brother, Deal Or No Deal) in 2000. Photos: Edm Titans: Dance Music's 10 Highest Paid DJs The deal comes amid continuing consolidation in the Edm space, driven
- Georg Szalai
Fox is trying to create a perfect world with new unscripted series, “Utopia.” Or rather, the show’s contestants are. The series comes from John de Mol (“Big Brother,” “Deal Or No Deal,” “Fear Factor,” “The Voice”), and is based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name. “Utopia” will move a group of everyday people to an isolated, undeveloped location for an entire year, challenging them to create their own civilization. The “pioneers” will have limited amenities and no existing power structure. Each must become indispensable to the group or risk being replaced by potential newcomers. The Utopians will be able. »
- Tony Maglio
With the talent competition arena pretty saturated by Fox’s American Idol and The X Factor, NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent, soon to be joined by ABC’s Rising Star, and the cooking broadcast market cornered by Gordon Ramsay, reality industry insiders have been tipping social experiments as the next hot unscripted genre. Now the man behind the most successful social experiment format to date, Big Brother creator John de Mol, is throwing his hat into the ring with his latest series, Utopia, in which 15 people set up their own new society. Like he does with most of his formats, which include global hit The Voice and Deal Or No Deal, de Mol launched Utopia in his native Holland, where the show premiered Monday night on Sbs 6, part of Sbs Broadcasting’s Dutch operations, in which de Mol’s Talpa Media has a 33% stake. The debut exceeded expectations, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
4 items from 2014
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