Talpa takes format rights to Vorst Media titles

The Voice creator has acquired the international production and distribution rights to Dutch producer Vorst Media's existing and future formats as part of a long-term strategic partnership.
September 15, 2015

Talpa Media has acquired the international distribution and production rights to Vorst Media’s formats.

The two Dutch companies have formed a long-term strategic partnership that will give the Big Brother and The Voice creator the rights over future and existing Vorst formats such as Face Your Addiction and Hi-Q Genius.

Under the deal, Vorst will also have access to in-house creative unit Talpa Content and its format portfolio.

Founded by Dutch TV personality and producer Peter van der Vorst in 2009, Vorst Media mainly produces reality formats for broadcaster RTL, including the entertainment program Van der Vorst Meets the Stars. Elsewhere, interventionist series Face Your Addiction is going into its third season this fall on RTL4 and the first international version is launching on Germany’s SAT.1.

Founded by John de Mol (pictured), Talpa Media is a Netherlands-headquartered producer/distributor which also has production outposts in Los Angeles, Dubai, Berlin, Hamburg and elsewhere. ITV bought the company earlier this year in a deal worth US$531.68 million.

“The rights to Vorst Media’s formats have now been transferred to Talpa in good faith as part of the strategic partnership agreement,” Talpa Media said in a statement.

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