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Endemol Group
Type Privately held company
Industry Television
Genre Production company
Founded 1994
Founders Joop van den Ende
John de Mol
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Parent Apollo Global Management
Website www.endemol.com

Endemol is a creator, producer and distributor of multiplatform entertainment content. The company annually produces more than 15,000 hours of programming across scripted and non-scripted genres, including drama, reality TV, comedy, game shows, entertainment, factual and kids programming.

Endemol comprises a global network of operations in more than 30 countries and works with over 300 broadcasters, digital platforms and licensees worldwide. The business covers development, production, marketing, distribution, franchise management and multi-platform initiatives including digital video, gaming and apps.

Endemol is controlled by Apollo Global Management and headquartered in the Netherlands. Endemol created and runs reality, talent and game show franchises worldwide, including Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, The Money Drop, and Your Face Sounds Familiar. The company also has a portfolio of drama and comedy series including titles such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders, Hell On Wheels, Benidorm, Ripper Street, Black Mirror, Bad Education, My Mad Fat Diary, Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, Leverage, Home and Away, Death Comes to Pemberley and The Crimson Field.


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. Endemol has specialised in formatted programming that can be adapted for different countries around the world as well as different media platforms. One notable success has been the Big Brother reality television show, with versions in many countries after the initial Dutch version. Other examples include Deal or No Deal (sold to over 75 countries), The Money Drop (sold in over 50 countries), Fear Factor (sold in 30 countries) and Wipeout (sold in over 30 countries). In recent years the company has also been expanding its English language drama output with shows such as titles such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and Black Mirror in the UK and Hell On Wheels in the USA. In November 2013 the company launched Endemol Beyond, an international division specialising in original content for digital video platforms such as YouTube.

In 2000, Endemol was sold to the Spanish telecom and media corporation Telefónica for € 5.5 billion. In November 2005, 25% of Endemol was taken public, and is since then listed on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange under the stock symbol EML. On May 14, 2007 the remaining 75% of Endemol shares were bought by a consortium, Edam Acquisition, led by Mediaset, the company controlled by Silvio Berlusconi's family, and including the investment company Cyrte, in which the the original co-founder John de Mol has shares.[1] The consortium announced on August 6, 2007, that it now owned 99.54% of Endemol shares, after an offer to buy the remaining shares went through on August 3, 2007; it asked the Euronext bourse for a delisting of Endemol.[2]

It was reported in 2010 that the company was $3 billion in debt.[3][4] Then in 2011, it was reported that the debt had grown to $4.1 billion.[5]

A loan restructure was planned for 2011 when Endemol was expected to breach its debt covenants.[6] On June 30, the debt covenants were breached at the same time that CEO Ynon Kreiz left the company and Endemol's UK subsidiary failed to file its annual accounts.[7] On March 23, 2012, Endemol's debt was converted into shares by US private-equity firm Apollo Global Management.[8] On April 3, 2012, Mediaset sold its majority stake in Endemol to Apollo and Dutch asset manager Cyrte, and Endemol restructured the bulk of its debt. The current CEO is Just Spee.[9] On May 15, 2014, Apollo and 21st Century Fox announced a joint venture to combine 21st Century Fox's Shine Group and Apollo's Endemol and CORE Media Group.[10]

Over the years Endemol has expanded its international presence either by starting up operations in new markets or by acquiring existing production companies. Most recently, in December 2013, Endemol became a shareholder in Israel's Channel 2 franchisee Reshet, following the acquisition in April of a controlling share in the Israeli independent producer Kuperman, which is now Endemol Israel.[11]

International presence[edit]

Endemol has the following operations around the world:

NORTH AMERICA (USA, Canada, Mexico):

Endemol North America


Endemol UK

Endemol Italy

Endemol France

Endemol Germany

Endemol Spain

Endemol Netherlands

Endemol Belgium

Endemol Portugal

Endemol Switzerland


Endemol Argentina

Endemol Brazil

Endemol Chile

Endemol Colombia


Endemol Asia

Endemol India


Endemol Nordic


Endemol Australia


Weit Media (Moscow)

Endemol Poland

Endemol Turkey


Endemol Israel

Endemol Middle East


Endemol South Africa


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.[12]

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.[13]


Reality television[edit]


Late night/variety shows[edit]


Game shows[edit]

Children's shows[edit]

Live TV[edit]





  1. ^ "Telefonica sells Endemol to Mediaset" Earth Times, Mon, May 14, 2007
  2. ^ "Buyout group owns 99.54 pct of Endemol after offer". Reuters. 2007-08-06. 
  3. ^ Endemol Shareholders May Be Forced To Inject Fresh Equity Before August Deadline – Deadline.com
  4. ^ "Endemol 'will never repay its £2.2bn debt'". Daily Mail (London). April 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Goldman, Berlusconi Set to Lose Endemol Bet: Corporate Finance". Bloomberg (New York). July 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Endemol Sets Lenders' Meeting For Next Week". Reuters (London). May 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "In the air: Endemol UK is late to file accounts". Evening Standard (London). July 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ Martijn van der Starre "Bloomberg News" Mar 26, 2012 Endemol Debt Taken On, Converted Into Shares by Apollo bloomberg.com, Retrieved on January 13, 2014
  9. ^ Jonathan Webdale "C21 Media" 03-04-2012 Mediaset sells Endemol stake c21media.com, Retrieved on January 13, 2014
  10. ^ 21st Century Fox & Apollo In Joint Venture Talks For Shine, Endemol And CORE Media NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor deadline.com, Retrieved on May 18, 2014
  11. ^ Endemol buys into Israel's Reshet
  12. ^ O'Flynn, Kevin (December 4, 2001). "Dutch Firm Warns 'Za Steklom'". The Moscow Times. 
  13. ^ Schossler, Jason (June 2007). 'Deal or No Deal' Sued for Text-Message Game. [dead link]
  14. ^ Brookes, Emily (2008-08-29). "New MD, Wipeout commission for Endemol Portugal". c21media.net. C21 Media. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 

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