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“Utopia” producer Talpa reportedly considering sale offers

Netherlands-headquartered Talpa Media Group may be considering sale offers from a number of international buyers, according to Dutch reports. (Pictured: John de Mol)
September 18, 2014

Netherlands-headquartered Talpa Media Group may be considering sale offers from a number of international buyers, according to Dutch reports.

Among the reported buyers are 21st Century Fox’s Shine Group – which is already part of an intended merger with Apollo Global Management-controlled producers Endemol and Core Media Group – and RTL Group-owned FremantleMedia.

Dutch outlets are reporting that both companies are circling the Utopia producer, which could be sold for as much as between US$770 million to $900 million (€600 million to €700 million).

A spokesperson for the company told realscreen that “Talpa is aware that several parties from all over the world in the past months have shown interest in the company.”

They added that Talpa has asked Bank of America Merrill Lynch “to register and further investigate the interest shown by international parties in the company” but would not comment further on a potential sale.

John de Mol (pictured, right) – who founded Talpa Media Group in 2005 – owns 80% of the company, which acquired broadcaster SBS Nederland in 2011.

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About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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