Warner, Talpa ink U.K. format deal

Warner takes rights to formats including 'The Golden Cage'

LONDON -- Boosting its U.K. television production operations further, Warner Bros. said Wednesday that its London production division has teamed up with John de Mol's format factory, Talpa Media, to make British versions of its most successful formats.

The Warner-Talpa cooperation will be overseen by Andrew Zein, svp Warner Bros. International Production, and will have exclusive rights to sell, produce and adapt all Talpa formats, including such fare as "Dating In The Dark," "Viper's Nest" and "The Golden Cage."

The deal was jointly announced by Warner Bros evp and head of international production Ronald Goes and Talpa Media CEO Pim Schmitz.

Netherlands-based Talpa is in the process of rapidly expanding its production alliances across Europe in order to have local production partnerships in major territories. In the past eight months it has set up deals in 13 territories including the U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the U.K.

Talpa also has a deal with Warner Horizon Television to produce alternative and cable series for the U.S. market.

At the same time Warner Bros. has also boosted its Brit production power through the purchase last month of a controlling stake Shed Media, creator of "Super Nanny" and "Who Do You Think You Are?"
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