Deal continues Warner's push into international TV
Warner Bros. Intl. Television Production has added another European shingle to its portfolio, acquiring a majority stake in Dutch- and Belgium-based BlazHoffski Holding for an undisclosed sum.Warners will distribute BlazHoffski’s formats and finished product internationally. Announcement was made by London-based Ronald Goes, exec VP and head of WBITP, and BlazHoffski Holding CEO Taco Ketelaar. Founded in 1996 by Dan Blazer and Erik van der Hoff, Blaz-Hoffski specializes in unscripted and reality fare including “Hello Goodbye,””Figure It Out,” “Intensive Caring,” laffer “Tower C” and “CIA,” created by Dahl TV, a company BlazHoffski bought last year. Warners purchased a 55% stake in Blighty’s Shed Media in August 2010 in a deal said to be worth $160 million. The acquisition of a majority stake in BlazHoffski “marks the next step in this strategic growth initiative,” Goes said. “Our objective is to partner with the best possible talent in each key market. BlazHoffski has a strong creative and commercial track record, an excellent management team and outstanding broadcaster relationships. “I am certain that, as part of Warner Bros., BlazHoffski will continue to do more of what they do best — create and produce high quality content that can become franchises and be exported to create local versions in other markets around the world.”
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