Companies to produce formats in Middle East

Sony Pictures TV Arabia will jointly produce Dutch group Talpa Media’s international formats across all genres in the Middle East.

The exclusive rights co-production deal will cover Talpa’s entire catalog of reality, gameshow and scripted content, which includes formats “The Golden Cage” and “Dating in the Dark.”

SPT Arabia’s Ziad Kebbi will oversee the pact.

Agreement was announced Thursday by Talpa Media CEO Pim Schmitz and Kees Abrahams, prexy of international production for Sony Pictures TV.

It’s the second such deal for SPT and John de Mol’s Talpa Media, which have worked together in Italy since April.

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