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November 5, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Looking to boost its international presence, Time Warner Inc. made an unsolicited bid earlier this week for Endemol NV, creator of TV hits such as "Deal or No Deal" and "Wipeout" and one of the world's largest television production companies. The media giant and parent of Warner Bros. has offered about $1.4 billion for the highly leveraged Endemol, according to a person with knowledge of the bid. Time Warner is interested in the company because it can provide a steady stream of product to its channels around the globe.
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January 24, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's as close as television can get to the "boldest, biggest" social experiment that one can imagine -- at least that's what Fox's new head of alternative entertainment promises of the network's latest reality import: "Utopia. " The network announced Thursday it's adapting the hit Dutch TV series of the same name, which comes from "Big Brother" creator John de Mol. The series takes a group of 15 everyday people and transplants them on an isolated, undeveloped location for a year and chronicles them 24/7 as they attempt to create their own civilization.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's as close as television can get to the "boldest, biggest" social experiment that one can imagine -- at least that's what Fox's new head of alternative entertainment promises of the network's latest reality import: "Utopia. " The network announced Thursday it's adapting the hit Dutch TV series of the same name, which comes from "Big Brother" creator John de Mol. The series takes a group of 15 everyday people and transplants them on an isolated, undeveloped location for a year and chronicles them 24/7 as they attempt to create their own civilization.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Looking to boost its international presence, Time Warner Inc. made an unsolicited bid earlier this week for Endemol NV, creator of TV hits such as "Deal or No Deal" and "Wipeout" and one of the world's largest television production companies. The media giant and parent of Warner Bros. has offered about $1.4 billion for the highly leveraged Endemol, according to a person with knowledge of the bid. Time Warner is interested in the company because it can provide a steady stream of product to its channels around the globe.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor - and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol" - has been a goal from the outset. "It's a very different show," Burnett said backstage. "[Creator] John de Mol made sure there was no humiliation in 'The Voice.' People said this kind of show would never work, but we're back tomorrow night [with Season 5)
BUSINESS
December 21, 2004 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Electronic Arts Inc., the world's largest video game publisher, announced a surprise deal Monday to purchase nearly 20% of French rival Ubisoft Entertainment, best known for its games based on Tom Clancy characters. The purchase, which would make EA the largest shareholder of Ubisoft, fueled speculation that EA might be eyeing a bid for the entire company. The deal came as a surprise to Ubisoft, based in Montreuil-sous-Bois in northern France.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The major networks are finally making good on a long-standing pledge to provide more original summer programming--although many of the programs in question will be an odd mix of MTV's cinema verite "The Real World" with voyeuristic elements seemingly plucked from the nightmare world of the fantasy feature "The Truman Show."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2010
NBC to challenge 'Idol' NBC is banking on some reality show royalty to create a new singing competition to challenge Fox's "American Idol. " The network said Monday that it will debut "The Voice of America" in the spring. Its format is based on a popular show in Holland where celebrities are paired with amateur singers in competition. The twist is that the celebrities must pick their teams based solely on hearing their voices without seeing what the contestants look like. "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett and "Big Brother" producer John De Mol will work together on the series.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY
There's an art to writing a " . . . " column, as former Times television writer Rick Du Brow once did in this very space. In trying to come up with some pithy analysis of the summer of "Survivor" and "Big Brother," however, it's hard to form any cohesive theories, which hasn't stopped media types from trying.
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March 18, 2000 | VERNE GAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bart is big. Madonna, Donald Trump and Howard Stern all rolled into one. Only bigger. He is the living, breathing and (yes) slightly reluctant testament to the power of "Big Brother," the reality TV series born here that will be recast for U.S. consumption and land on CBS this summer. A day does not go by when Bart is not mentioned in the news in the Netherlands or when autograph hounds and paparazzi do not swarm him.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013
"Skyfall" became the first James Bond film to ever receive a nomination from the Producers Guild of America, as its producers and those of  "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" were nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award for theatrical motion pictures. The complete list follows, and the full story can be read here . FILM Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Darryl F. Zanuck Award)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY
The Dutch were once known as great explorers, spreading their influence across the New World. If John de Mol has his way, they're about to do so again. As chairman of Endemol Entertainment, a sprawling production entity in the process of being acquired by Spanish telephone giant Telefonica for nearly $5 billion, De Mol, 45, takes a key step toward conquering the U.S. with the launch of "Big Brother."
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