The acquisition of Talpa by ITV does not really come as a surprise. Several candidates already showed interest in the media business. A portrait of the media group of the Dutch media Tycoon John de Mol.
Talpa is the company of tv icon John de Mol. The Group was founded in 2005 so that John de Mol could do what he likes the most and that is making tv programs. In the Netherlands is Talpa (Latin for ‘ mol ‘) also co-shareholder of the TV company SBS. In the holding company Talpa Media Holding de Mol has put his media activities, including the 538 group. The head office is in Laren.
As part of Talpa the television channel Talpa was launched in 2005. On the transmitter were to see summaries from the Premier League, as well as known programs like Big Brother and Expedition Robinson. Starting from 2006, the channel broadcasted 24 hours a day with which a long-held wish of de Mol was fulfilled. The presented tv-programs was for 80 percent of Dutch productions. However, due to a lack of viewers the transmitter ended mid-2007.
Where the television channel of Talpa was killed the holding company of Talpa is doing very well. So is the talent show The Voice broadcasted in 180 countries. And also with reality show Utopia hopes the tv producer on a new international blockbuster. In the last six years Talpa TV developed a total of 75 shows, including Battle of the Sexes and Dating in the Dark.
According to a spokesman for Talpa is it normal that a successful business in a period of a consolidation wave is retrieved. Under the leadership of de Mol and topman Pim Schmitz Talpa shows a financially strong performance.
The turnover in 2014 was 233 million euros and the operating profit was 61 million euros. Moreover, the record label 8ball Music, the radio stations 538 and SLAM!FM and the shares in SBS Netherlands remain outside the transaction.