Maarten Meijs

UK Screenings: ITV Studios’ Ruth Berry

ITV Studios is taking to the UK Screenings stage with an eclectic scripted slate, following an expansive structural revamp over the past six months. Managing director of global distribution Ruth Berry tells Richard Middleton what’s in store and what its slate says about the international TV business It has been a busy six months at […]

Talpa Media ups Meijs to COO

Talpa Media has upped Talpa Global’s managing director Maarten Meijs to COO. In his new role, Meijs will be the first to lead in the daily operations with ITV Studios and its associated companies. Talpa Media was acquired by ITV in 2015. Furthermore, Meijs will be responsible for strengthening the operational connection between the various […]

ITV confirms Talpa Cannonball deal

ITV has confirmed it will run a local version of Cannonball, the physical gameshow from Talpa. The UK broadcaster will run a ten-part version of the show, with its in-house prodco Potato making the show. The family gameshow has contestants take on a range of water-based challenges. It originated in the Netherlands and comes from […]

Talpa extends The Story of My Life

Talpa Global has struck another deal for its celebrity ‘ageing’ format The Story of My Life. Media 360 in Latvia has commissioned a remake of the transformation-themed show, which began life in the Netherlands before selling into Brazil, Germany and Russia among other territories. The format sees celebrity couples give prosthetics makeovers to make them […]

New free TV deal for Talpa’s latest format

Talpa’s The Story of My Life has won an order from Russian free-to-air broadcaster Channel One. The show is billed as a talkshow with a twist and features celebrity couples who, through prosthetics and make-up are aged, allowing them to see what each other will look like in years to come. Talpa’s sales arm launched […]

Spanish net settles under Wishing Tree

A Spanish broadcaster has become the latest to acquire a local version of Talpa Media format The Wishing Tree. Pubcaster RTVE has bought the format, taking the overall number of territories to take the show towards ten. Previous deals include VTM taking it in Belgium, ITV piloting it in the UK, Antenna Group buying it […]

Seven fires Talpa’s Cannonball with ITV Studios

Australian commercial net Seven Network has commissioned ITV Studios Australia to create a local version of Talpa Media’s outdoor water-based format Cannonball. This represents the first fruit of an exclusive production partnership ITVS has with Talpa in Australia and the Nordic region. Both are part of UK broadcaster ITV, which bought Talpa last year. Cannonball […]

Talpa, ITV strengthen ties with new pact

Just months after buying Talpa Media, ITV Studios has secured production partner rights to John de Mol’s formats catalogue in Australia and the Nordic region. The exclusive agreement also includes Talpa exclusively producing ITVS formats in the Netherlands and the Middle East. The Voice in Australia, Finland and Norway, and The Voice Kids in Denmark […]

French network to make Talpa’s Puppet Show

French commercial network TF1 is the first overseas broadcaster to create a local version of Dutch entertainment format The Puppet Show. The Talpa Media-produced-and-owned format debuted in the Netherlands on SBS6 and was a ratings hit. The first season increased its average slot share for the key 20-49 demographic by 127.7%. The opening episode on […]

Mongolia takes The Voice

Mongolia has become the latest territory to order a local version of Singing competition series The Voice. National Times News Media’s NTN channel, which has a reach of abut three million homes, has commissioned the format, the first time it has greenlit a local version of an international show. “It was high time we brought […]