Warner Bros. and Talpa team up in the UK

MUMBAI: Talpa Media, the Dutch holding company owned by media entrepreneur John de Mol, and Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), based in the UK, have teamed up to produce television series based upon successful formats created and owned by Talpa.

The Warner-Talpa cooperation oversees the exclusive right in the United Kingdom to sell, adapt and produce all Talpa formats.

The joint announcement was made by Talpa Media Holding CEO Pim Schmitz and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution executive vice president and head of international television production Ronald Goes.

The London based activities of Warner and Talpa will be overseen by Andrew Zein, Senior Vice President, Creative, Format Development and Sales for Warner Bros. International Television Production. This builds on the deal established by Talpa in February this year with Warner Horizon Television (WHTV), the U.S.-based alternative and cable series production unit of the Warner Bros. Television Group.

WBITVP is in the process of establishing operating production companies in major territories around the world with the mandate to create locally produced versions of programmes owned by the Studio and to develop original local programming on a market by market basis.