MIPTV: Talpa's 'Utopia' Gets Turkish Version
John de Mol continues to spread his vision of Utopia.
The Dutch producer of Big Brother and The Voice has inked a new deal for his latest take on reality TV, Utopia. The show, a hit in the Netherlands since it launched two months ago on SBS6, has been picked up by Turkish network TV8, which will produce a local-language version of the format.
De Mol and his shingle Talpa have already signed a deal with Fox in the U.S. to develop an American version of Utopia, set to go on air later this year.
The concept of the show, which airs daily in the Netherlands, has 15 participants working together for a full year to build a new society from next to nothing. Their progress is monitored 24/7. The show is built for multiplatform exploitation.
Acun Medya, the Turkish production company owned by mogul Acun Ilicali, will produce the local version of Utopia. Acun Medya already produces the Turkish version of The Voice and The Voice Kids. The Fox version of Utopia is being produced by Talpa Media USA.