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Endemol N.V.
Type Privately held company
Genre Production company
Founded 1994
Founder(s) Joop van den Ende
John de Mol
Headquarters Hilversum, Netherlands
Industry Television
Owner(s) Investment consortium led by Mediaset

Endemol is a television production company based in the Netherlands, with subsidiaries and joint ventures in 23 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Netherlands, India, South Africa, Lebanon, Morocco, Philippines, Belgium, Turkey and Australia among others. It's controlled by the biggest Italian media company, Mediaset, and Endemol's co-founder John de Mol.



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. One notable success has been the Big Brother "reality television" show, with versions in many countries after the initial Dutch version. However the most profitable programme for Endemol is Deal or No Deal which has now been sold to over 100 countries. They specialise in inexpensive programming that is appealing to television executives in the modern multi-channel world, and other Endemol programmes in this vein include Changing Rooms, Ready Steady Cook, Ground Force, International King of Sports, Space Cadets , Fear Factor and Wipeout.

In 2000, the company 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 has been bought by a consortium, Edam Acquisition, led by Mediaset, the company owned by Silvio Berlusconi's family, and including the investment company Cyrte, whose vast majority of shares is owned by the original co-founder John de Mol.[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]

In 2008, its United States counterpart acquired 51 Minds Entertainment from Cris Abrego and Mark Cronin, producers of several successful reality shows from VH1's "Celebreality" Block.

National branches


In mid-2004, the company made an investment when competitor GMA Network gained audience share in Mega Manila, although ABS-CBN retained its lead in other provinces and overseas. The network signed a contract with Endemol to gain rights of its franchise of Big Brother. Since the rights were expensive, the company launched a series of promotions in the first and second quarter of 2005.[citation needed] In August 2005, Pinoy Big Brother was aired, which became a hit which caused ABS-CBN to license more programs from Endemol such as Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal, Games Uplate Live and Pinoy Dream Academy.

In 2007, it aired the Philippine version of 1 vs. 100, with actor-politician Edu Manzano as host. ABS-CBN's sister station Studio 23 also aired Break the Bank. In 2008, ABS-CBN created the Philippine version of Fear Factor.

Endemol UK

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-eighties.

Endemol Southern Star

Endemol Southern Star is an Australian production company which was previously a joint venture of Endemol and Southern Star Group. Endemol purchased Southern Star Group from Fairfax Media in January 2009[3]. It produces Endemol's popular worldwide formats for Australia, including Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, and Ready Steady Cook. It is based in Australia.

Endemol USA

Endemol USA is the United States production branch of Endemol based in Los Angeles, California. It has been in operation since 2000. The branch produces Endemol's popular worldwide formats for the major American TV networks, such as Fear Factor, Deal or No Deal and 1 Vs. 100 for NBC; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Show Me the Money, The One: Making a Music Star, Set for Life, and Wipeout for ABC; Exposed for MTV; Big Brother and Kid Nation for CBS; Midnight Money Madness for TBS (under the moniker Lock and Key Productions) and most recenly, a game show adaptaion of 20Q for GSN. Their worst faring franchise by far is The One which was canceled after four episodes. Fear Factor was canceled after six seasons; its first season is out now on DVD. Another one of their shows, Big Brother has two seasons already out on DVD. While Big Brother had the most international success to date, their most successful USA program could end up being either Deal or No Deal or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Both programs are wildly popular and highly rated. Endemol USA created Midnight Money Madness for cable's TBS network, in which viewers can call in to play games and win money prizes. It is based on Endemol's successful Participation TV format. On October 13, 2006, Endemol USA launched another game show for NBC, 1 vs. 100 with Bob Saget, and debuted as another ratings winner. And on November 14, 2006, ABC premiered Show Me the Money, with William Shatner as its host. Midnight Money Madness was canceled in October 2006 after 32 episodes, in which its successor, Take the Cake, premiered July 9, 2007, and Show Me the Money was canceled in December 2006 after only five episodes aired. Currently, a syndicated five-day a week version of Deal or No Deal airs in over 90% of the USA, while Wipeout will begin its' third season on ABC in summer 2010, and 20Q debuted on GSN in June 2009. In October 2008, Tokyo Broadcasting System filed a lawsuit against ABC (with a separate suit against Endemol pending) for claims that Wipeout copied elements from two of their popular shows, Takeshi's Castle (known as MXC in the USA) and Sasuke (better known in the USA as Ninja Warrior).[4]

Endemol USA Latino, which produces Endemol USA's successful shows in Spanish language as shown on the major Hispanic TV networks. Their first production was Vas o No Vas based on the popular Deal or No Deal, which aired on Telemundo. Unlike Endemol USA's headquarters in Los Angeles, Endemol USA Latino has headquarters located in Miami, Florida.

Endemol India

In January 2006, Endemol started producing programs in Hindi from Mumbai, India. Among the company's most successful Indian programs are: Bigg Boss, India's version of the widely popular reality show Big Brother that airs on Viacom 18's Colors television channel; Khatron Ke Khiladi, India's version of Fear Factor that also airs on Colors; and The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, a stand-up comedy talent hunt that airs on News Corporation's STAR One television channel. Due to the popularity of stand-up comedy on Indian television, Endemol India created Ladies Special, a stand-up comedy show for women that airs on Zee TV; Chhote Miyan, a stand-up comedy competition for children thar airs on Colors; and Raju Hazir Ho, a stand-up comedy show featuring Indian comedian Raju Srivastav that airs on NDTV Imagine. As an alternative to reality programming, the company ventured into soap operas with Miley Jab Hum Tum, a college drama about six friends that airs on STAR One, and Sabki Laadli Bebo, a show that centers on a family and their only daughter, which currently airs on STAR Plus. In 2010, They are also producing the upcoming show called Geet which will air on STAR One. In 2008, Endemol produced Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, a singing talent competition for STAR Plus; Funjabbi Chak De, an entertainment show for STAR One; Champion Chaalbaaz No.1, a prank stunt contest for Sony Entertainment Television; and Mission Ustaad, a musical show spreading awareness of the UN's Millennium Development Goals for 9X. Other Endemol formats that have aired on Indian television include Deal Ya No Deal, the Indian adaptation of Deal or No Deal, which aired on Sony Entertainment Television.

In 2009, Endemol India ventured into regional programming with the launch of Jodi Jamli Re, a Marathi match-making reality show that airs on News Corporation's newly launched STAR Pravah television channel.

Endemol Globo / Endemol Brazil

In 2001, Endemol entered Brazil by forming a joint venture with Rede Globo, Endemol Globo. The company produces Big Brother Brasil, in its 10th series, and other formats, mostly as Caldeirão do Huck and Domingão do Faustão segments, such as Dança dos Famosos (Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing) and Maratoma do Faustão (Wipeout). Even with Globo as a partner, Endemol Globo also produces for other networks, like Band, with Na Pressão (originally Choose or Lose) and É O Amor (Brazilian version of international format All You Need is Love), and SBT, with Topa ou Não Topa (local version of Deal or No Deal). In 2009, Endemol started a separate, wholly-owned operation, Endemol Brazil, whose first production is 1 Contra 100, a local version of 1 vs. 100 for SBT.

Endemol Panama

For 2005, Endemol entered Panama with an alliance with Corporacion MEDCOM, the largest television network company in central America. By using Endemol assistance was created El Familion, a game show based on Deal or no Deal that is themed with Nestle products. In the first season it was the most popular game show ever aired in central America. Now it is aired for its second season.

Endemol Mexico

In 2002, Endemol Mexico was created in an alliance with Televisa.

They have produced 7 editions of Big Brother in a span of 3 years. The first edition of Big Brother under the slogan "La casa mas famosa de Mexico" ("The most famous house in Mexico") had a theme song by former pop band Kabah and was hosted by news personality Adela Micha, who was dubbed the "Big Sister". Following that edition, a VIP version was produced. The host of this show was Victor Trujillo, better known for his character Brozo, the theme song was done by the house guest's which was part of a challenge.

The 3rd edition was dubbed "El Complot" with the slogan "Las reglas cambian" ("The rules change") with Adela Micha returning to hosting duties. The theme song was once again interpreted by Kabah under the name "El Complot." This edition was later followed by another VIP version with host Veronica Castro and her big return to Mexican television. The media dubbed her the "Big Vero". The theme song ran by electro-pop group Moenia with the song "Tus Ojos Sobre Mi."

A year later the format returned with Big Brother.3R "La Adición" ("The Addiction"), with Veronica Castro returning to host and RBD singing the theme song Adiccion. For the 3R version the house guests were known as "Rebeldes" ("Rebels"). For the 3R version, there were 2 more editions for the VIP version, labeled as Parte I and Parte II, two editions followed each other, the same day that the winner of Part I was declared the next edition of Big Brother VIP followed. The slogan that was used was "Conoce lo desconocido de los conocidos" ("Get to know the unknown of the known"). The theme song for this was done by Kabah once again with "La Adicción" and Veronica Castro continued to host.

The Big Brother format has faded dramatically. After the very first edition of Big Brother and Big Brother VIP, Endemol Mexico started the production of Operacion Triunfo but received lackluster results because TV Azteca, Televisa's main rival, had on air a similar show called La Academia (The Academy). Even though Operacion Triunfo had been in pre-production for much longer than La Academia ever was, La Academia made it to air much sooner than Operacion Triunfo, so when the latter came on, it was seen as a "copy". In the format, the school where the contestants study is called "La Academia", in Mexico this was changed to "El Instituto" (The Institute), so it wouldn't cause confusion with the audience and the other musical reality show.

Endemol Mexico also produced 3 seasons of ick reality show Fear Factor, also having VIP versions. The first two seasons were hosted by Julio Bracho, but because he had a contract with Telemundo by the third season, Gabriel Pontones, who was one of the houseguests of Big Brother Mexico took over as host for Third Season.

Before hitting it big in the U.S. as Deal or no Deal, Mexico had produced its own version called Vas o No Vas hosted by Hector Sandarti. It was a weekly show airing on Saturdays, but due to the ratings the format was later retooled to air weekday's (Monday-Friday) was Vas o No Vas de Boletazo. The show ended its run, a little after that, but in late 2006 it began production again, but this time for Telemundo. Using a set and logo similar to the NBC version, which Telemundo is part of, Vas o No Vas was created for Endemol Latino. For 2007 it is expected that Endemol Mexico would begin production again of Vas o No Vas for the Mexican market.

Also in mid-2006 a new format was created called El Bar: Provoca, which was similar in format to Big Brother, but in addition to the contestants living together in a house, they had to run a bar by night. Each week there was an elimination and a special guest star to come and sing at the bar. The show was not successful, the host Roberto Palazuelos, left the show mid-way due to him having a previous contract to act in a telenovela in Miami. The show is expected to be retooled and come back in 2007.

For 2007, Pedro Torres, Endemol Mexico's showrunner, is looking at bringing Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to Mexico. The show will be titled "Cambio Extremo: Tu Hogar". Also they are developing, game shows like Show me the money which in Mexico will be titled Enseñame la Lana and Rest of Life named in Mexico De por vida Bancomer. Another one of the formats to be made in 2007 is called Staying alive which will be redubbed Sobreviviendo.


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.[5]

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.[6]


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Endemol N.V.

Type Publicly traded company
Founded 1994
Headquarters Hilversum, Netherlands
Key people Joop van den Ende
John de Mol
Industry Television
Products Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor

Endemol is a company based in the Netherlands that makes programs for television. The company has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 23 countries. These countries include the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Poland, Netherlands, India, South Africa, Lebanon, Morocco and Australia among others.

Endemol was founded in 1994 with the combining of the television companies owned by Joop van den Ende and John de Mol. The name of the company comes from the combination of their surnames (Ende + Mol). The company is best known for making reality programs. One of its best known programs is the reality series Big Brother. This series has over 40 different version which are shown in over 100 countries. The company also makes many different game shows such as Deal or No Deal and Fear Factor. It also creates the popular series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Currently, the company is primarily owned by a group of people lead by John de Mol.

Other websites

John de Mol is offering a reward of more than 100,000 euro for the finders of Albert Brakel who may been born in the year 1968 somewhere in the North of the Netherlands.

Brakel who still officially is the husband of his younger sister has disappeared after the first day of marrying Linda.

Albert Brakel would often be spotted at Schiphol Rijk whit a blue little car with the mark Peugot.

Meanwhile Dutch police officers claims that they do not find it possible that he was actually working while marrying a wealthy woman.

Albert Brakel may lead to a rare disease where people who frequent drinking do not remember where they've been.

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