21 Facts About Endemol


Endemol annually produced more than 15, 000 hours of programming across scripted and non-scripted genres, including drama, reality TV, comedy, game shows, entertainment, factual and children's programming.

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Endemol was merged into Endemol Shine Group and headquartered in the Netherlands in 2015.

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Endemol created and ran reality, talent and game show franchises worldwide, including Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor, Wipeout, The Money Drop, and Your Face Sounds Familiar.

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Endemol was founded in 1994 by a merger of television production companies owned by Joop van den Ende and John de Mol, the name deriving from the combination of their surnames.

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Endemol has specialised in formatted programming that can be adapted for different countries around the world as well as different media platforms.

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In 2000, Endemol was sold to the Spanish telecom and media corporation Telefonica for €5.

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On 23 March 2012, Endemol's debt was converted into shares by US private-equity firm Apollo Global Management.

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On 17 December 2014, Endemol merged with fellow Apollo Global Management subsidiary Core Media, producer of American Idol, and 21st Century Fox's Shine unit, with the resulting 'mega-indie' adopting the name "Endemol Shine Group", which was a 50:50 joint venture by both parent companies.

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Endemol USA is the United States production branch of Endemol based in Los Angeles, California.

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Endemol USA created Midnight Money Madness for cable's TBS network, in which viewers can call in to play games and win money prizes.

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On 13 October 2006, Endemol USA launched another game show for NBC, 1 vs 100 with Bob Saget, and debuted as another ratings winner.

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Endemol USA produces the Style Network hour-long reality series Jerseylicious, which debuted in 2010.

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In June 2010, Endemol picked up the distribution rights to the TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland", which it will distribute internationally.

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In 2011, Endemol expanded its US production portfolio to include more non-reality fare, starting with The Steve Harvey Show, distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

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Endemol USA owns True Entertainment and majority stakes in the production companies Authentic Entertainment, 51 Minds Entertainment, and Original Media.

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Originally known as Broadcast Communications, Endemol UK is one of the UK's longest established production groups and won its first television commissions in the mid-1980s.

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In January 2006, Endemol started producing programs with Mohit Raina in different channels which are in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali from Mumbai, India.

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Endemol Australia is an Australian production company which was previously a joint venture of Endemol and Southern Star Group.

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Endemol purchased Southern Star Group from Fairfax Media in January 2009.

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Endemol sued Brazilian channel SBT over what it says was a Big Brother copycat, and threatened to sue Russian Behind the Glass for the same reason.

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Endemol was sued by four Georgia women alleging that a text-message game featured on Deal or No Deal is a form of illegal gambling.

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