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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.

More follows. 

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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