MIPCOM ’12: ITV buys Finnish prodco Tarinatalo

British broadcaster ITV has acquired Finnish producer Tarinatalo, the indie behind Finland's version of Dragon's Den.
October 8, 2012

British broadcaster ITV has acquired Finnish producer Tarinatalo, an indie specializing in factual entertainment, reality and lifestyle programming, for an undisclosed sum.

Together with the recently acquired Norwegian indie Mediacircus, the acquisition aims to provide the broadcaster’s production arm ITV Studios, which already has a base in Sweden, with a production footprint in three of the Nordic countries.

Tarinatalo will produce 50 hours of programming this year across 11 shows, ranging from pilot game show What Was That? and long-running series Antiques, Antiques on YLE TV1, to the new series of Dragon’s Den on Nelonen.

Paul Buccieri, MD of ITV Studios International and president and CEO ITV Studios America, said:
”Tarinatalo is a terrific fit as we progress with growing our business globally.

“It is an extremely creative production company and has built fantastic relationships with Finnish broadcasters. It not only has a wonderful portfolio of hit shows but also has a huge number of great ideas in development as well.

The Tarinatalo team will become part of ITV Studios Nordic. Tarinatalo CEO Aram Aflatuni said: “We have the capacity and experience to make a huge contribution to this new success story as together we can further develop and sell our formats in the international market.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity for us as Finnish TV makers to sit at the same table as talented British, American and Nordic colleagues to come up with strong new ideas.”

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