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Talpa acquires stake in Mir Reality

John de Mol's Talpa Media has announced the acquisition of a minority stake in Russian reality producer Mir Reality.
May 17, 2010

John de Mol’s Talpa Media has announced the acquisition of a minority stake in Russian reality producer Mir Reality. This makes Talpa the first outside shareholder in the company. Mir’s MD Vladimir Utin and creative director Simon Tucker hold the majority shares. Utin set up the company in 2006 with UK TV exec Tucker. Mir is know for creating local versions of successful international formats such as Faking It, Dragon’s Den and Beauty and the Geek. Regrading the deal, John de Mol said, ‘Next to the fact that Russia is the biggest country in the world, it’s also Europe’s fastest-growing media market. For us the stake in Mir is a great way to establish a partnership with a top producer who already proves how to adapt BBC and other international formats to the Russian taste.’

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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