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.