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Talpa Acquires Dutch TV Group Sbs Broadcasting

Talpa Holding has bought out the remaining 67% of the Netherlands’ Sbs Broadcasting from Finland’s Sanoma, giving Talpa complete ownership of the Dutch TV group.

The deal gives Talpa, which previously held 33% of Sbs, full ownership of the television channels SBS6, NET5, Veronica and SBS9. It also allows Talpa, which was founded by John de Mol, to become a Dutch multimedia company with a strong presence in TV, radio, print and online.

Under the deal, which has yet to receive regulatory approval, Talpa’s stake in the TV guide business “Veronica Uitgeverij” will be sold to Sanoma.

“I strongly believe in a strong Dutch multimedia company that is flexible enough to respond to the changing media landscape, which is primarily a consequence of rapid technological developments,” De Mol said. “Sbs is a unique media asset which will be a key link in the new multimedia company. Access to innovative content and other platforms will be an important
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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.

'The Voice' Mogul John de Mol on Sale to ITV, Enduring an Extortion Scheme and Why 'Utopia' Failed in the U.S.
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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Watch: Meet the Cast of Fox’s ‘Utopia’

Watch: Meet the Cast of Fox’s ‘Utopia’
Fox has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming reality series “Utopia,” which focuses on 15 strangers who will live together for a year in the hopes of creating a new civilization.

The series is based on a hit Dutch series from exec producer John de Mol. The creator of “Big Brother,” “Fear Factor,” “Deal or No Deal” and “The Voice,” told Variety in June that this is “the most ambitious reality show [he's] ever done.”

The show is set for a three-night premiere, starting at 8 Sept. 7. As cameras will constantly be rolling, viewers will be able to access “Utopia” 24/7 at UtopiaTV.com. The show is produced by de Mol’s production company, Talpa Media.
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Q&A: Reality Producer Hopes to Create a New ‘Utopia’

Q&A: Reality Producer Hopes to Create a New ‘Utopia’
When Dutch producer John de Mol has an idea for a reality show, American network executives tend to pay attention. The exec producer of Talpa Media Group created “Big Brother,” “Fear Factor,” “Deal or No Deal” and “The Voice,” first in Holland before importing them here. Now with “The Voice” singing a happy tune in 55 countries all over the globe, he’s poised to bring the latest Dutch sensation to America: “Utopia,” which is scheduled for a Sept. 2 premiere on Fox. Fifteen strangers will live together in an undisclosed location for a year, tasked with creating a new civilization. It’ll air twice a week, but viewers can follow online 24/7. “It’s the most ambitious reality show I’ve ever done,” says de Mol.

Variety: How did you come up with the idea?

de Mol: I felt that it was about time for a really big reality show again. I
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Fox fall schedule revealed: 'Gotham' on Mondays

Fox fall schedule revealed: 'Gotham' on Mondays
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.

First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which
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Miptv: FremantleMedia Pacts with ‘Deal or No Deal’ Creator Dick De Rijk

Miptv: FremantleMedia Pacts with ‘Deal or No Deal’ Creator Dick De Rijk
Cannes — FremantleMedia, whose formats include “Idols,” “The X Factor” and “Got Talent,” has inked an exclusive multi-year co-development deal with Dick De Rijk, the creator of “Deal or No Deal.”

De Rijk developed several hit formats during his exclusive partnerships with John de Mol, Endemol and Red Arrow Intl. “Deal or No Deal” has been on air in more than 150 countries. Other formats include “Set for Life,” “Show Me the Money” and “You Deserve It.”

De Rijk, who is based in Hilversum, the Netherlands, will work with Rob Clark, FremantleMedia’s director of global entertainment development, to create the next generation of game and entertainment formats.

Clark said: “Dick is an ideas man, with a fantastic understanding of the global TV market, and you can see from the formats that he’s developed, that he thinks creatively and strategically. I hope that alongside our global network of production companies, we
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Miptv: FremantleMedia, 'Deal or No Deal' Creator Sign Development Deal

Miptv: FremantleMedia, 'Deal or No Deal' Creator Sign Development Deal
FremantleMedia has signed an exclusive two-year co-development deal with Dutch game show master Dick De Rijk, creator of Deal or No Deal. The agreement, which Fremantle announced at Miptv on Tuesday, will see De Rijk develop reality and game show formats for the world market, which Fremantle will produce and distribute through its international network. Story: Fox Orders Interactive Quiz Show 'Boom!' In addition to global hit Deal or No Deal, De Rijk has developed successful formats such as Set for Life, Show Me the Money and You Deserve It. He previously had similar development deals in place

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Apollo Wins Control of Endemol: Report

Apollo Wins Control of Endemol: Report
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
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Bertelsmann's BMG to Acquire Dutch Edm Publisher Talpa Music

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

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Fox Orders Society-Building Reality Show ‘Utopia’ From John de Mol

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Fox Orders Society-Building Reality Show ‘Utopia’ From John de Mol
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.
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Is This The Next Hot Reality Format? John De Mol’s Social Experiment ‘Utopia’ Starts Strong In Holland, To Be Shopped In Us

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,
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Seven bets on history, reality and Gibney

A documentary series on the history of the Australian continent, makeover series Bringing Sexy Back and a crime show starring Rebecca Gibney are among the highlights of the Seven Network.s 2014 line-up.

The previously announced miniseries Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs and new seasons of The X Factor; My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, The Amazing Race Australia and Dancing with the Stars are among the other local shows which the network is counting on to continue its run of seven straight years as the primetime ratings leader.

Essential Media & Entertainment will produce Australia: The Story of Us, which will use CGI and dramatic re-enactments to chronicle the history of the Australian people, places and events from the first footprints to the present day.

Bringing Sexy Back is a makeover series which aims to transform ordinary Australians into something extraordinary. It.s an original Seven format being produced in-house.
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Endemol North America CEO David Goldberg to Exit in December (Exclusive)

David Goldberg, the founder of Endemol’s North American TV operations, will step down as chairman-ceo in December.

Goldberg was recruited by Endemol founder John De Mol to launch the Endemol North America arm of the European production powerhouse in 2000. Goldberg will continue to serve as a consultant to Endemol after he leaves his executive position. The company will unveil its management shuffle closer to Goldberg’s exit, which was instigated by mutual agreement between the exec and Endemol chiefs as the expiration of his most recent contract approached.

Among the shows that Goldberg will continue to consult on is the syndie talkshow “Steve Harvey,” which had a solid debut season in 2012-13.

“David helped ensure Endemol USA grew from a start-up company into one of America’s most significant content creators and producers. We are hugely grateful for what he has achieved and the company is in great shape for the future.
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Talpa Media USA Lands Fox Game Show Pilot, Adds To Executive Team

Fox has commissioned a pilot for Challenge Me, a game show from Talpa Media USA, the Us-based production company of Dutch media entrepreneur John de Mol, creator/co-creator of such unscripted hits as The Voice, Big Brother, Fear Factor and Deal Or No Deal. Challenge Me is one of several projects in the works at Talpa, which is looking to expand on the success of its first series, NBC’s The Voice. Challenge Me, which just filmed a pilot, is a studio-based game show in which contestants who have unusual individual skills are pushed to the limit for a cash prize. Additionally, Talpa has a dating show in development at Fox. Its upcoming series include NBC’s singing-game show The Winner Is, hosted by Nick Lachey, and La Voz Kids, a Spanish language youth version of The Voice for Telemundo hosted by Daisy Fuentes. As part of the expansion, Talpa
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UK TV's worst ever gameshows

Alexander Armstrong's Pointless sidekick on the quiz show concepts that should never have been made

I have made some terrible TV shows in my life. I am honestly blushing just thinking about them. I've never actually intended to do this, but from time to time you lose control of the steering and can only watch as your project drives into a brick wall. We all make mistakes, right? But not all of our mistakes end up being presented by Nick Knowles on primetime TV. So, with my own inadequacies in mind, here are some of the most pointless gameshows of all time, each one an example of the different traps well-meaning producers endlessly fall into. It is only fair that I start with one of my very own…

24 Hour Quiz

The lesson: A cross between two wildly successful shows will usually result in one wildly unsuccessful show

24 Hour Quiz
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Sir Peter Bazalgette: Big Brother man facing a big challenge

His appointment as Arts Council chairman has attracted criticism but insiders say 'Baz' is the right man for the job

When Sir Peter Bazalgette, the man who brought Big Brother to the UK, was appointed chairman of Arts Council England, the level of opprobrium from some quarters was entirely predictable. "It is very worrying that someone who has dumbed down, trivialised and sexualised mass TV viewing with Big Brother has been put in charge of British culture," Labour MP Denis MacShane told Bazalgette's most relentless critic, the Daily Mail.

It was the Mail's Quentin Letts, Bazalgette's tormentor-in-chief, who named him one of the "10 worst Britons", and dubbed him a "brutal populist" and "buttery schmoozer" who "throws champagne parties at his £10m house" in Notting Hill. Bazalgette – or "Baz" as he is known to friends and colleagues – does indeed throw a memorable summer party in the gardens of his west London home.
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NBC orders singing competition from 'Voice' producer, 'Sing Off' cancelled

NBC orders singing competition from 'Voice' producer, 'Sing Off' cancelled
Yup, another one! NBC has ordered a new singing competition series from a producer of The Voice.

The network just greenlit The Winner Is, a reality show where singers of all ages and styles compete in head-to-head duels. Adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professional singers will be judged by an in-studio panel (which hasn’t been cast yet) for a $1 million dollar prize.

In a Deal or No Deal-style twist, the contestants will have the option to quit the game early. In other words, before hearing whether they’re eliminated, singers on the chopping block can choose to
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'Big Brother' Producer Endemol Eyeing 'The Voice' Maker Talpa

'Big Brother' Producer Endemol Eyeing 'The Voice' Maker Talpa
Cologne, Germany -- Dutch TV group Endemol, producer of Big Brother and Deal or No Deal, is eyeing a possible merger with Talpa Media, the production group owned by Endemol co-founder John de Mol and producers of music format The Voice. Rumors of a possible hook-up between the two Dutch giants have been part of the local media chatter for years, but the buzz got louder Tuesday after Endemol CEO Just Spee told a Dutch newspaper a merger between Talpa and Endemol "makes sense." Photos: 'The Voice' Contestants Volunteer at L.A. Food Bank “We are talking with

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Larry Emdur becomes host of relaunched 'The Price is Right'?

Larry Emdur has been connected to a revamped version of The Price is Right. The breakfast television presenter, who currently hosts The Morning Show alongside Kylie Gillies, is believed to be in talks to front the old game show when it returns after the original host Ian Turpie passed away last week. According to The Daily Telegraph, The Price is Right is scheduled to air on weekday evenings on the Seven Network later this year. A Seven insider said: "He's the logical choice and, talk is, the only real choice at this stage." However, Deal or No Deal host Andrew O'Keefe has suggested that Emdur would be too busy to take on the role. He said: "I think Laz has a bit on his plate at the moment, but he does have a particular fondness for the razzle dazzle of the game (more)
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Andrew O'Keefe feeling "restless" at 'Deal or No Deal'

Andrew O'Keefe feeling
Andrew O'Keefe has revealed that he feels "restless" in his job as host of Deal or No Deal. The star, who has three children with wife Eleanor, said that he likes spending time at home so would have to quit one of his current roles if he ever wanted to take on a new television project. O'Keefe has presented Deal or No Deal for eight years, and has also hosted Weekend Sunrise alongside Samantha Armytage since 2006. He told National Features: "I've got a young family, so I have been quite happy to do what I know how to do and not stretch myself too far. I can't do any more than I am doing for fear of cannibalising one or other of the projects through over-exposure. "I'm getting to the point where a certain restlessness is setting in, [but] in order (more)
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