Talpa, SBS must rename talent show


Banijay Group has won its legal action against Talpa and SBS, preventing the companies from naming their upcoming talent show “The Next Popstar.”

The ruling, issued by the District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands, bans Talpa and SBS from using the name, arguing that the title is too similar to “Popstars,” the singing talent show produced by Banijay-owned Screentime Australia.

Created in 1999, Banijay’s “Popstars” format has been an international sales and ratings hit. It’s been adapted in more than 50 countries, including in the Netherlands, where it aired on SBS6 for three seasons between 2008 and 2010.

As Banijay took a controlling stake in Screentime Australia in September, Screentime catalog is now repped by Banijay Intl., the group’s distribution arm.

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