Endemol UK

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Endemol UK Ltd
Industry Television
Genre Production company
Founded 1994; 23 years ago (1994)
Founder Joop van den Ende
John de Mol
Headquarters Shepherd's Bush, London, United Kingdom
Key people
Turner Laing
Tim Hincks
Peter Cowley
Lucas Church
Richard Johnston
Peter Bazalgette
Richard Osman
Owner Scott Trust Limited (1990-1998)
Endemol (1998-present)
Telefónica (2000-2007)
Mediaset (2007-2011)
21st Century Fox (2015-present, 50%)
Apollo Global Management (2012-present, 50%)
Number of employees
Parent Fininvest (2007-2011)
Endemol Shine Group (2015-present)
Website http://www.endemolshineuk.com

Endemol UK Ltd (now Endemol Shine UK, since January 2015)[1] is one of the largest independent producers in the country. The UK group is part of Endemol, a worldwide network of production companies spanning 24 countries.

Endemol incorporates a number of production brands, including Artists Studio, Cheetah Television, Darlow Smithson Productions, House of Tomorrow, Initial, Remarkable Television (previously Brighter Pictures), Tiger Aspect, Zeppotron, and their digital divisions: Endemol Games[2] & Endemol Digital Studio.

With the advent of a joint venture with 21st Century Fox, additional companies under the new Endemol Shine UK umbrella include Dragonfly, Kudos, and Princess Productions. The various TV production brands specialise in a broad range of genres including factual entertainment, reality series, drama series, specialist factual, arts, live events, music entertainment, documentaries, youth shows, and comedy.[3]


The company originated from Peter Bazalgette's sale of his television company to the Guardian Media Group (GMG) in 1990. In 1998, Endemol acquired a 50% stake and the division was named GMG Endemol. Endemol bought the company outright from GMG in 2000.[4]

Since 2000, a series of corporate owners and public stock transactions has culminated in the 2014 joint venture with 21st Century Fox's Shine Group to form the rebranded Endemol Shine UK, effective January 2015.[5][1]



  1. ^ a b Martinson, Jane (11 January 2016). "Endemol Shine president to leave one year after creation of ‘mega indie’". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.endemolgames.com/
  3. ^ Barraclough, Leo (28 July 2014). "Endemol, Charlie Brooker Launch House of Tomorrow". Variety. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  4. ^ From That's Life to Big Brother
  5. ^ Szalai, Georg (10 October 2014). "Fox, Apollo Complete Deal to Combine Shine, Endemol, Core Media". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 

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