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Newen buys majority stake in Tuvalu Media Group

France-based Newen has acquired a majority stake in Dutch indie TV producer Tuvalu Media Group. The deal was struck with long-time shareholders Taco Zimmerman, Duurt Holman and Douwe van der Werf and ...
February 7, 2017

France-based Newen has acquired a majority stake in Dutch indie TV producer Tuvalu Media Group. The deal was struck with long-time shareholders Taco Zimmerman, Duurt Holman and Douwe van der Werf and the private equity firm Karmijn Kapitaal.

Zimmerman, CEO of Tuvalu Media Group (pictured), and van der Werf will retain a minority equity stake and will continue to manage the company.

The acquisition of Tuvalu is in keeping with Newen’s strategy, along with the support of French media holding company TF1 Group, to be a European player in audiovisual content production and distribution, with a presence in key media markets.

Tuvalu is a full-service production house creating cross-media content as well as bringing international formats to the Dutch space.

The new partnership will strengthen the position of Tuvalu, both in our domestic market as internationally. We expect with Newen to boost Tuvalu as an international, creative content hub: both on the format as on the scripted market. It will grow our international network, will offer us a direct outlet in France and give the ability to invest more in creating new IP. We are both very much on the ball and have big ambitions for the future,” said Zimmerman, CEO of Tuvalu Media Group, in a statement. 

Nielen Schuman of Ernst & Young and De Breij Evers Boon acted as advisors to Tuvalu Media Group and Deloitte and Hogan Lovells for Newen on the transaction.

The new partnership will strengthen the position of Tuvalu, both in our domestic market as internationally. We expect with Newen to boost Tuvalu as an international, creative content hub: both on the format as on the scripted market. It will grow our international network, will offer us a direct outlet in France and give the ability to invest more in creating new IP. We are both very much on the ball and have big ambitions for the future,” said Zimmerman in a statement. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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