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2waytraffic is a television production company based in Hilversum, Netherlands. It was established in 2004 by former Endemol executives Kees Abrahams, Unico Glorie, Taco Ketelaar, and Henk Keilman. It currently has offices in London, New York, Budapest, Stockholm, and Madrid.

2waytraffic
In-name-only unit of Sony Pictures Television
IndustryInteractive entertainment
Television production
Founded2004 (2004)
FoundersKees Abrahams
Unico Glorie
Taco Ketelaar
Henk Keilman
Headquarters,
Number of locations
7 offices
Area served
Worldwide
BrandsWho Wants to Be a Millionaire?
That's the Question
ServicesTelevision production
Broadcast syndication
Light entertainment
Online games
Website development
Mobile marketing
Mobile entertainment
Revenue29,308,539 (2006)
4,436,233 (2006)
2,923,396 (2006)
Total assets301,747,019 (2006)
Total equity104,014,193 (2006)
OwnerSony Pictures Entertainment
Number of employees
150 (2006)
ParentSony Pictures Television
Divisions2waytraffic Mobile
Subsidiaries2waytraffic International
Websitewww.sonypicturestelevision.com/landings/login/2waytraffic/ Edit this on Wikidata

2waytraffic also produced a number of phone-in quiz shows like Play, Garito and Game On where viewers could call to a premium-rate phone number for a theoretical chance to earn cash prizes.[1][2][3][4]

HistoryEdit

The company expanded significantly in 2006 with three acquisitions, beginning with the mobile solutions[buzzword] provider Emexus in June and then the content developer Intellygents in August.[5][6] The most notable acquisition, however, was that of the rights of the UK company Celador International and its programme library, including the international Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? franchise, on December 1, 2006.[7][8]

On March 14, 2007, Celador International Limited was relaunched as 2waytraffic International.[9]

Sony eraEdit

On June 4, 2008, 2waytraffic was acquired by 2JS Productions, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.[10] On September 29, 2waytraffic became the distributor of the entertainment formats by SPTI.[11]

On April 1, 2009, Sony Pictures Entertainment consolidated its US and international television companies under the SPT roof such as: 2waytraffic, Embassy Row, Starling, Teleset, and Lean-M. Sony Pictures Television International now operates in-name-only.[12]

In April 2012, it became "Sony Pictures Television International Formats", with the 2waytraffic logo immediately being replaced by the Sony Pictures Television logo on internationally licensed shows. It's currently an in-name-only unit of Sony Pictures Television.

Companies by 2waytrafficEdit

2waytraffic International, Sony Pictures TelevisionEdit

Formerly Celador International, this company owns, distributes, licenses, and operates over 200 game show formats such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in the United States, UK, Eastern Europe, and Nordic. After SPE acquired 2waytrafic, the international subsidiary became 2waytraffic International, Sony Pictures Television, and was headed by Ed Louwerse.

Emexus GroupEdit

Emexus is a mobile solutions[buzzword] company acquired by 2waytraffic on June 13, 2006, which is now 2waytraffic Mobile.[13]

IntellygentsEdit

Intellygents was established in 2002 by former Endemol employees Kirsten van Nieuwenhuijzen and Mark van Berkel, and acquired by 2waytraffic on July 11, 2006.[14][15] It is a creative developing company for intelligent entertainment, with formats such as That's the Question, Take It or Leave It, The Greatest Royalty Expert and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's first spin-off game show 50:50.

In 2010, following Sony's acquisition of 60% of Tuvalu Media, Intellygents was integrated into that company.[16]

In December 2013, Tuvalu's management joined forces with financing firm Karmign to acquire SPT's 60% stake in the company. The Intellygents brand had by then been retired, though its formats remain with Tuvalu.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2waytraffic updated overview 7_07.ppt".
  2. ^ sbsbelspel (2008-02-28), Garito informatie (gemaakt bij 2waytraffic), retrieved 2016-01-23
  3. ^ sbsbelspel (2008-02-27), Game on informatie (gemaakt bij 2waytraffic), retrieved 2016-01-23
  4. ^ sbsbelspel (2008-02-27), Play informatie (gemaakt bij 2waytraffic), retrieved 2016-01-23
  5. ^ 2 Way Traffic N.V. Acquisition of Emexus Group B.V. Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, 2waytraffic.com
  6. ^ Acquisition of Intellygents B.V. strengthens 2waytraffic’s prime time TV offer Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, 2waytraffic.com
  7. ^ 2waytraffic wants to be 'Millionaire'[permanent dead link], backstage.com, Retrieved on May 25, 2012
  8. ^ "Toy News" New owners take on Celador International and Millionaire brand Archived 2012-09-14 at the Wayback Machine, toynews-online.biz, Retrieved on July 7, 2012
  9. ^ "Telecompaper' CIL re-launches as 2waytraffic International telecompaper.com, Retrieved on December 24, 2012
  10. ^ Stuart Levine "Variety" Sony Pictures acquires 2waytraffic, variety.com, Retrieved on June 19, 2013
  11. ^ Michael Rosser "Broadcast" 29 September 2008 2waytraffic to distribute Sony formats broadcastnow.co.uk, Retrieved on August 3, 2013
  12. ^ Sony combines TV units Archived 2013-08-01 at the Wayback Machine, chollywood.org
  13. ^ "Telecompaper"2waytraffic acquires Emexus Group telecompaper.com, Retrieved on July 3, 2013
  14. ^ "Broadcast Now" 2waytraffic acquires format creator broadcastnow.co.uk, Retrieved on July 3, 2013
  15. ^ 2waytraffic Acquires Intellygents Archived 2013-07-03 at Archive.today wskogee1.kogee.net, Retrieved on July 3, 2013
  16. ^ "Intellygents | Tuvalu Media". Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Tuvalu Media management buys out Sony, co-founder exits". TBI Vision. December 16, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2014.