John de Mol


30 years of TBI: New World Order (2010)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2010 there were parallels to the rise M&A activity we have seen in the past year. While today we’re looking at the Fox/Disney or AT&T/Time Warner tie-ups, eight […]

John de Mol chips in to Taco Ketelaar’s DFFRNT Media

John de Mol’s Talpa Network has acquired a minority stake in DFFRNT Media, a digital media platform led by former Sat.1 and Blazhoffski exec Taco Ketelaar. As part of the DFFRNT Media investment, Endemol co-founder de Mol (pictured) is building on Talpa Network’s ‘media for equity’ initiative, which sees the company use its media assets […]

De Mol helps creators find ‘The Fastest Way to Screen’

John de Mol and his Talpa Network are introducing ‘The Fastest Way to the Screen’ – a format ‘accelerator’ that gives international creators a chance to gain straight-to-series orders, and has hired former Sony exec Lisette van Diepen to lead it. The Fastest Way to the Screen will accept pitches for non-released, new original paper […]

John de Mol consolidates media assets

John de Mol has consolidated his media assets, including his Dutch commercial channels, in a new business called Talpa Network. The company will comprise SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9, online services Juke and Kijk, Sky Radio and Radio 10, and a new acquisition: e-commerce business Emesa. Endemol co-founder de Mol (pictured) has also said there […]

Talpa launches global reality experiment

Talpa has launched Lost in Translation at MIPCOM, a new global reality format that brings together participants from various countries that can only speak their own language. One production will have local adaptations for each participating country. Twelve contestants from various countries will be dropped off at a remote location and must get together to […]

Talpa brings on Sanoma/SBS chief

Talpa Media’s parent has brought on Sanoma Media BeNe CEO Peter de Mönnink. The veteran executive will become chief commercial officer of Talpa Holding and CEO of its subsidiary broadcaster, SBS, on January 11 next year. The position is a new one, and comes soon after Talpa became the sole owner of SBS, with Finland-based […]

ITV America & Talpa enter strategic partnership

ITV-owned Talpa Media USA has entered into a production partnership with ITV America as part of a strategic change, and named new co-CEOS. The partnership will see Talpa’s North American shows produced through ITV America’s infrastructure. This will also allow Talpa to “tap into ITV America’s extensive resources”. UK broadcaster ITV bought Talpa in a […]

SBS names new director of television

The Netherlands’ SBS Broadcasting has named Karin de Groot as its new director of television. She will sit on the SBS executive board and work closely with content chief Remco van Leem to oversee the various platforms the broadcaster operates. De Groot began her career as a producer at Endemol Netherlands before becoming channel manager […]

Talpa buys SBS channels

John de Mol’s Talpa Holding has acquired a 67% stake in the SBS Broadcasting business, giving it full control of the SBS6, NET5, Veronica and SBS9 channels. Talpa bought the part of the business it did not own from Finnish publisher Sanoma. Accordingly, the deal also sees Talpa hand Sanoma its share of the TV […]

TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

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