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TV Formats Giant Endemol Shine Quietly Expands Into Movies

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in "Te3n"
Courtesy of Endemol Shine Group

TV production and formats giant, Endemol Shine is set as a co-producer on Indian feature movie “Te3n.” It will also soon begin its first film in China.

“Te3n” stars three of the country’s top dramatic actors. Veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan (“Piku”) stars as a man seeking justice for the death of his granddaughter. Nawazuddin Siddiqui (seen next in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2016 selection “Raman Raghav 2.0”) portrays a priest whose life is affected by the same crime. Vidya Balan (“The Dirty Picture”) plays a cop who swings into action when an identical crime is committed eight years later.

“Te3n,” now in post-production ahead of a June 10 worldwide release, is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta (“Michael”) with creative producer Sujoy Ghosh (“Kahaani”.) The film is a co-production between Endemol, Reliance Entertainment, Cinemaa, Kross Pictures and Blue Waters Motion Pictures.

Endemol’s debut Indian feature “Traffic”, a co-production with Fox Star Studios, directed by Rajesh Pillai and starring Manoj Bajpayee (“Aligarh”) and Prasenjit Chatterjee (“Shanghai”,) is due to release on May 6. The film, which tells multiple stories that collide and become entangled through a traffic accident, is a remake of a 2011 Malayalam-language hit of the same title.

Sophie Turner-Laing who was appointed last year as CEO of Endemol Shine, said she had been surprised at the scale and diversity of the group. “I found that we are in the movie business in India, for example,” she said. Speaking at the APOS conference in Indonesia, on Thursday, she said that the company was involved in 733 productions worldwide last year.

Turner-Laing said that Endemol Shine will soon also move into the movie business in China. “We will be involved in a movie version of ‘The Brain,” she said, without offering further details. The scientific, reality and talent show aims to find contestants of exceptional intelligence. It originated in Germany and has been sold or developed in six territories by Endemol Shine. In China it is produced by Jiangsu Television.