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“We’re interested, yes, but skeptical,” this person said. It’s financially weak.” Endemol declined to comment.Its owners, private equity firm Apollo Global and Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. telecoms and pay-TV company built by John Malone, to leverage its distribution expertise and assets.He has a long track record in delivering popular factual series for the major broadcasters, exec producing the acclaimed series Sarah oversees productions from early budgeting and development through to delivery and transmission.FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Several bidders, including Liberty Global, are preparing offers for TV production company Endemol Shine, maker of classic reality show ‘Big Brother’ and the dystopian ‘Black Mirror’ dramas, before an initial deadline next week.ENDEMOL ACQUIRES AUTHENTIC ENTERTAINMENT · Global production company acquires majority share of Authentic Entertainment, a leading US producer of factual, reality and documentary television programming · The acquisition, which is in line with Endemol's growth strategy, represents another significant addition to the group’s global network and will further build the company’s business with the US cable networks · Authentic Entertainment produces such hit series as Endemol, a world leader in multi-platform entertainment programming, today announced the acquisition of a majority share of Authentic Entertainment in the USA.Headquartered in Los Angeles, Authentic Entertainment is a major creator and producer of factual, reality and documentary formats and has a wide-ranging portfolio of hit shows, producing more than 200 hours of programming per year.FILE PHOTO: A Big Brother eye seen in the Big Brother house in Elstree, Hertfordshire, which the National trust will open to the public for two days this weekend, September 26, 2013.
The agreement with Authentic Entertainment in the USA is in line with Endemol's global growth strategy of combining organic growth and expansion through acquisitions.Founded by Dutch producers Joop van den Ende and Jon de Mol (hence the name), it is now controlled by the Italian company Mediaset, one of whose major shareholders is Jon de Mol.The UK arm of the business started as the tiny independent Bazal Productions (named after its founder, Peter Bazalgette) in the 1980s.Tom Rogan added, “We are very much looking forward to working with the Endemol Group's extremely talented teams, both in the US and internationally, to build on the success we've achieved over the last ten years." “Authentic Entertainment has proven itself to be an excellent developer and producer of nonscripted content, delivering hit shows to multiple networks.We have been following their growth over the last few years and were impressed by the variety and quality of their shows.