TeVe tunes into America

Dutch media group eyes U.S. prod'n ventures

AMSTERDAM — The president and CEO of TeVe Media Group, Hans Dekker, says the newly restructured umbrella group housing six major cross-media companies is in late-stage negotiations with a major U.S. agent to bring TeVe cross media projects into the U.S.

Dekker told Daily Variety the expected expansion into Amserica was “a logical step” for the group, which has brought together format production and distribution companies TeVe Holland, Brussels-based sister outfits TeVe Co. and TeVe Studio, Music Recording company Studio Chateau, music publishers De Kunst and talent management company Holland Management.

He added that the group hoped to “build a strong bridgehead into the U.S. for formats from talented production companies from around the world.”

Former Granada controller of formats and acqusitions Malcom Allsop, who moved over to TeVe Holland in October, has also been appointed as creative director for the TeVe Media Group.

TeVe Holland and TeVe Co., co-production partners with Granada inside Holland and Belgium, are currently in production with several U.K. TV formats for the Benelux, including “Tarrant on TV,” “Marry Me” and “Home of Their Own.”

Dekker, who owns the group, is a veteran producer on the Dutch and Belgian media landscape. His companies had already joined together to produce a number of cross-media joint projects but the restructure will give the company a focal point for synergising content for TV, DVD, CD and other platforms, he noted.

TeVe is expected to announce a major new international venture as well as the deal with the U.S. talent agency before the end of the month.

With its Granada partnership and a run in the U.S., TeVe is in a position to give increasing worry to production outfit Endemol, which has been facing increasing competitition in its home territory.

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