Talpa Media, the media group founded by Dutch entrepreneur John de Mol, acquires the remaining 50.1 % shares in Talpa Germany from Axel Springer SE, thereby taking over the TV producer completely. In December 2014, Talpa had already acquired 49.9 % of Talpa Germany (previously Schwartzkopff TV). Mutual options for a total sale were granted in the course of this transaction. With the takeover of Talpa Media by ITV earlier this year, these options became effective and were mutually exercised.
Dr. Jens Müffelmann, CEO of Axel Springer Digital Ventures: "Axel Springer and Schwartzkopff TV, now Talpa Germany, have been linked together in a success story spanning 15 years, which would not have been possible without the efforts of the Managing Director Karsten Roeder and his entire team. We are very grateful for this. In the future we will focus even more closely on the development of our competence in digital moving images."
Talpa’s CEO Pim Schmitz: “The fact that Talpa Germany becomes a full member of the Talpa family makes us very happy. We value our strong relationship with Axel Springer very much and are therefore glad that – although we are no longer joint shareholders in Talpa Germany - we will continue to work closely together."
Schwartzkopff TV was founded in 1993 and has been a subsidiary of Axel Springer SE since 1999. The company has been operating under the name of Talpa Germany since 2014. Schwartzkopff TV already held the exclusive rights for the co-production of the international Talpa formats for Germany from 2010.
The sale of Talpa Germany is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.
About Axel Springer
Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe and a pioneer in paid subscription offerings. With headquarters in Berlin, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses. Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: Paid Models, Marketing Models and Classified Ad Models. In 2014, it achieved an EBITDA of EUR 507.1 million. More than half of Group revenues were generated by digital activities, which amounted to more than 70 percent of Group EBITDA.
About Talpa Media
Talpa Media comprises Talpa Netherlands and Talpa Global. Talpa Netherlands consists of Talpa Content, the group’s in-house creative development unit for television formats and connected concepts, and Talpa Productions, the group's TV production unit that produces the shows for The Netherlands. Talpa Fiction, the company’s scripted arm, and MasMedia are separate production units focused on the development and production of formats.
Talpa Global is dedicated to the worldwide licensing of Talpa Content's formats and finished series. Its Global Productions division ensures the quality of Talpa formats across the globe, whereas Global Connect is globally operating and monetizing its in-house developed digital products. Global Music & Talent Agency monetizes the rights from talents during and after their participation on various Talpa shows.
Talpa Media’s global network includes production companies Talpa Media USA, the division of the Talpa Media Group based in Los Angeles, Talpa Middle East, headquartered in Dubai, as well as Talpa Germany with offices in Berlin and Hamburg. Other Talpa production companies, all 50-50 joint ventures, are Talpa UK, Talpa Italy and Talpa Nordic. Talpa also has a stake in Russian production company Mir Reality.
Talpa Media is a separate business unit within ITV Studios.