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'The Voice' Mogul John de Mol on Sale to ITV, Enduring an Extortion Scheme and Why 'Utopia' Failed in the U.S.

21 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It's rare that an executive can claim to have launched a television genre, but John de Mol, CEO of Talpa Media and creator of Big Brother, Fear Factor and Deal or No Deal, comes as close as anyone to having invented reality TV. After developing Big Brother (still airing on CBS and in dozens of other countries) in 2000, the Dutch mogul sold his first company, Endemol, to Spain's Telefonica for around $5 billion, then launched Talpa, which

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