MIPCOM: John de Mol's Talpa Takes Stake in Germany's Schwartzkopff TV

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Schwartzkopff, which produces 'The Voice of Germany,' will be renamed Talpa Germany

John de Mol's Talpa Media, producer of The Voice and Utopia, has acquired just less than half of German production company Schwartzkopff TV, the group that produces the German version of The Voice.

The deal, which still has to pass muster with local competition authorities, will see Schwartzkopff renamed Talpa Germany. German media group Axel Springer will continue to own the other 51.1 percent of the Hamburg-based company.

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Schwartzkopff has been Talpa's exclusive production partner in Germany since 2010. In addition to The Voice and spinoff show The Voice Kids, the group is producing a German version of Utopia to launch in the territory next year.

Talpa has been expanding rapidly, recently launching a production operation in the Middle East and signing a co-production deal with Chinese online giant Tencent to develop formats for the local market there.

Talpa is itself the object of takeover rumors, with several big media group's reportedly eyeing the Dutch-based group.

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