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John de Mol’s Talpa Set Ups Joint Ventures in U.K., Italy, Nordic Region

Talpa inks pacts with Warner Bros.' Shed Media in the U.K., Italy's Toro, and Nordisk and Banijay Finland

LONDON — John de Mol’s Talpa Holding has inked joint-venture pacts with Warner Bros.’ Shed Media Group in the U.K., Italy’s Toro, and Nordisk and Banijay Finland in the Nordic region.

Talpa’s agreement with Shed Media will see the company become the exclusive home for all Talpa formats in the U.K. The joint venture will be named Talpa UK.

This follows two successful seasons of Talpa’s format “The Voice UK,” with the third season already airing on BBC One. The show is produced by Shed Media’s Wall to Wall in co-production with Talpa.

Shed Media will now have exclusive access to the Talpa catalog, including new reality show “Utopia,” which has recently been picked up in the U.S.

Claire Hungate, chief operating officer, Shed Media, said: “The diversity of Talpa’s offering fits perfectly with the diversity we have across our seven U.K. production companies, which span every genre from entertainment, to gameshow, to scripted series.”

Maarten Meijs, managing director of Talpa Intl., added: “I’m looking forward to expanding our cooperation with more Talpa formats and more Shed Group producers.”

Toro, which produces “The Voice” for Italian pubcaster Rai 2, has signed a j.v. agreement with Talpa to set up Talpa Italia in Rome.

Toro’s senior VP and managing director Marco Tombolini said: “We’ve had a great time dating Talpa in Italy. Like all good relationships, it’s time to get a little more serious.”

In the Nordic region, Talpa has signed a j.v. pact with Nordisk, which already reps Talpa formats in Scandinavia, and Banijay Finland to set up Talpa Nordic in Copenhagen.

“In producing our formats, we’re used to working as co-producers together with local parties all over the world. What we’re now doing in the U.K., Italy and the Northern European countries goes a step further,” said Talpa Holding CEO Pim Schmitz. “Talpa will now produce under its own brand, and for us that’s an important milestone in terms of the company’s international growth.”

Talpa has previously set up joint ventures with local production companies in several key markets. Its partners include Shine France, Shine Iberia in Spain and Portugal, Shine Australia in Australia and New Zealand, Axel Springer’s Schwartzkopff TV in Germany, and SPT Arabia for Northern Africa and the Middle East.

In 2010, it acquired a stake in Russian producer Mir Reality, and in 2012, Talpa set up its own production company in Los Angeles, Talpa Media USA.

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