The Top 7: Endemol Entertainment

Endemol Entertainment
April 1, 2006

Endemol Entertainment
Hilversum, Netherlands

They don’t come much bigger than Endemol Entertainment. Established in 1994 after a merger of two major TV producers in the Netherlands (Joop van den Ende Productions and John de Mol Produkties), the company now operates in 23 countries and produced more than 25,000 hours of television in 2004, divided into about 300 series. Endemol has over 900 formats in its library, including hits like Big Brother, Fear Factor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal or No Deal, Ready Steady Cook and Star Academy.

Employees: 4,801 internationally (1,178 on unlimited contract)
Hours this year: many
Upcoming includes: The Match (Sky 1), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4, TV2 Denmark), plus many others

About The Author
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 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.