Endemol B.V. (stylized in lowercase) was a Dutch-based media company that produced and distributed multiplatform entertainment content. The company annually produced more than 15,000 hours of programming across scripted and non-scripted genres, including drama, reality TV, comedy, game shows, entertainment, factual and children's programming.

Endemol B.V.
Company typeSubsidiary
  • Joop van den Ende TV Productions (1989)
  • John de Mol Productions (1992)
Founded1994; 30 years ago (1994)
FoundersJoop van den Ende
John de Mol
Defunct16 July 2016; 7 years ago (2016-07-16)
FateMerged with Shine Group, later acquired by and merged with Banijay; name still in use in Portugal.
Key people
Sophie Turner Laing (CEO)
ParentEndemol Shine Group
DivisionsEndemol Asia
Endemol Australia
Endemol Brasil
Endemol Deutschland
Endemol España
Endemol France
Endemol Italia
Endemol India
Endemol Israel
Endemol Middle East
Endemol Nederland
Endemol Nordics
Endemol Polska
Endemol Portugal
Endemol South Africa
Endemol Turkey
Endemol UK
Endemol USA
Subsidiaries51 Minds Entertainment
Artists Studio
Authentic Entertainment
B&B Endemol
Darlow Smithson Productions
Diagonal TV
Douglas Road Productions
Endemol Beyond
Endemol Games
Endemol Worldwide Distribution
House of Tomorrow
Original Media
Remarkable Television
Reshet (33%)
Tiger Aspect Productions
Tigress Productions
True Entertainment
YAM 112003
Zeppelin Television

Endemol, a global network of operations in more than 30 countries, worked with over 300 broadcasters, digital platforms and licensees worldwide. The business covered development, production, marketing, distribution, franchise management and multi-platform initiatives including digital video, gaming and apps.

Endemol was merged into Endemol Shine Group (a joint-venture between The Walt Disney Company and Apollo Global Management) and headquartered in the Netherlands in 2015. Since the merger, Endemol is an in-name-only unit of Endemol Shine Group, and in the next years, Endemol's iconic eye logo was replaced with Endemol Shine Group's wordmark-only logo in the closing credits of most of the shows that it licensed. Endemol created and ran reality, talent and game show franchises worldwide, including Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor, Wipeout, The Money Drop, and Your Face Sounds Familiar. The company also has a portfolio of drama and comedy series including titles such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders, Hell on Wheels, Benidorm, Ripper Street, Black Mirror, Bad Education, My Mad Fat Diary, Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, Leverage, Home and Away, Death Comes to Pemberley and The Crimson Field.



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.[1]

On June 23 1998, Endemol Entertainment had announced that they've entered the British market by acquiring a 50% majority stake in London-based production company Broadcast Communications from the Guardian Media Group.

Endemol has specialised in formatted programming that can be adapted for different countries around the world as well as different media platforms. One notable success has been the Big Brother reality television show, with versions in many countries after the initial Dutch version. Other examples include Deal or No Deal (sold to over 75 countries), The Money Drop (sold in over 50 countries), Fear Factor (sold in 30 countries) and Wipeout (sold in over 30 countries). From 2011 till its absorption by Endemol Shine Group, the company expanded its English language drama output with shows such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and Black Mirror in the UK and Hell on Wheels in the US. In November 2013 the company launched Endemol Beyond, an international division specialising in original content for digital video platforms such as YouTube.

In 2000, Endemol was sold to the Spanish telecom and media corporation Telefónica for €5.5 billion. In November 2005, 25% of Endemol was taken public, and since was listed on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange under the stock symbol EML.

On September 30 2003, Endemol announced that they had acquired a 51% majority stake in New York-based American reality independent production company True Entertainment with the company continued to be operated and placed with Endemol's US division with the latter expanding their international operations.[2]

On December 8 2006, Endemol announced that they're going to acquire back their French division Endemol France from their former parent Telefonica[3] By January 9 2007, The Dutch-based european entertainment company had made a deal with their former parent company Telefonica to buy back their French outfit which will become a division of the reunited Dutch-based entertainment giant.[4]

On 14 May 2007 the remaining 75% of Endemol shares were bought by a consortium, Edam Acquisition, led by Mediaset, the company controlled by Silvio Berlusconi's family, and including the investment company Cyrte, in which the original co-founder John de Mol has shares.[5] The consortium announced on 6 August 2007 that it now owned 99.54% of Endemol shares, after an offer to buy the remaining shares went through on 3 August 2007; it asked the Euronext bourse for a delisting of Endemol.[6]

It was reported in 2010 that the company was $3 billion in debt.[7] Then in 2011, it was reported that the debt had grown to $4.1 billion.[8]

On August 9 2010, Endemol announced that they acquired a majority stake in Los Angeles-based American reality production company Authentic Entertainment expanding their operations in the USA.[9]

A loan restructure was planned for 2011 when Endemol was expected to breach its debt covenants.[10] On 30 June, the debt covenants were breached at the same time that CEO Ynon Kreiz left the company and Endemol's UK subsidiary failed to file its annual accounts.[11] On 23 March 2012, Endemol's debt was converted into shares by US private-equity firm Apollo Global Management.[12] On 3 April 2012, Mediaset sold its majority stake in Endemol to Apollo and Dutch asset manager Cyrte, and Endemol restructured the bulk of its debt. The current CEO is Just Spee.[13] On 15 May 2014, Apollo and 21st Century Fox announced a joint venture to combine 21st Century Fox's Shine Group and Apollo's Endemol and CORE Media Group.[14] The deal closed October 2014.[15]

Over the years Endemol has expanded its international presence either by starting up operations in new markets or by acquiring existing production companies. Most recently, in December 2013, Endemol became a shareholder in Israel's Channel 2 franchisee Reshet, following the acquisition in April of a controlling share in the Israeli independent producer Kuperman, which is now Endemol Israel.[16]

On 17 December 2014, Endemol merged with fellow Apollo Global Management subsidiary Core Media, producer of American Idol, and 21st Century Fox's Shine unit, with the resulting 'mega-indie' adopting the name "Endemol Shine Group", which was a 50:50 joint venture by both parent companies. The name took effect on 1 January 2015.[17] 21st Century Fox's predecessor company, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, had in 2011 bought Shine (founder and chairperson until the 2015 merger: Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth) for $673 million.[18]

Global presence

Map of World presence of Endemol

Endemol has the following operations around the world:

Endemol USA


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-1980s. It produces the main Endemol franchises such as Big Brother and Deal or No Deal.

Endemol India


In January 2006, Endemol started producing programs with Mohit Raina in different channels which are in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali from Mumbai, India. For various media company's channels were Sony Pictures Networks India, Disney Star, Sun TV Network, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Viacom 18, NDTV Imagine, Mazhavil Manorama

Year TV Series Language TV Channel
2006–present Bigg Boss Hindi Hindi Colors TV
2007–2008 Funjabbi Chak De Star One
2007–2008 Champion Chaalbaaz No.1 Sony TV
2008 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Star One
2008 Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star StarPlus
2008–2010 Miley Jab Hum Tum Star One
2008–present Khatron Ke Khiladi Colors TV
2008 Chhote Miyan Colors TV
2009 Ladies Special Zee TV
2009 Raju Hazir Ho Imagine TV
2009–2011 Sabki Laadli Bebo StarPlus
2010–2020 MasterChef India StarPlus
2010–2011 Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi Star One
2010–2011 Deala No Deala Tamil Sun TV
2010–2011 Deal or No Deal Telugu Gemini TV
2010–2012 Deal or No Deal Malayalam Surya TV
2010–2012 Deal or No Deal Kannada Udaya TV
2011–2012 Beend Banoongaa Ghodi Chadhunga Hindi Imagine TV
2011–2012 Dharampatni Imagine TV
2012 Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star 2 StarPlus
2013–present Bigg Boss Kannada Kannada Colors Kannada
2014–present Dancing Star Colors Kannada
2014–present Super Minute Colors Kannada
2015 Code Red Hindi Colors TV
2015 Divided Kannada Zee Kannada
2015–16 Bigg Boss Bangla Bengali Colors Bangla
2015–16 Swim Team Hindi Channel V
2015–present The Voice India &TV
2016–2017 Minute to Win It Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2016-2017 Kuttikalodano Kali Mazhavil Manorama
2017–2018 Still Standing Mazhavil Manorama
2017–present Bigg Boss Tamil Tamil Star Vijay
2017–present Bigg Boss Telugu Telugu Star Maa
2018 Divided Tamil Star Vijay
2018–present Bigg Boss Marathi Marathi Colors Marathi
2018–present Bigg Boss Malayalam Malayalam Asianet
2018–present MTV Ace of Space Hindi MTV
2019–2021 Thaenmozhi B.A Uratchi Manra Thailavar Tamil Star Vijay
2019 The Wall Star Vijay
2020 Mujhse Shaadi Karoge Hindi Colors TV
2021–2023 Kaatrukkenna Veli Tamil Star Vijay
2021 MasterChef Tamil Sun TV
2021 MasterChef Telugu Telugu Gemini TV
2021 Bigg Boss OTT Hindi Voot
2021–2022 Daya Malayalam Asianet
2022– present Bigg Boss Ultimate Tamil Disney+ Hotstar
2022–present Bigg Boss Non-Stop Telugu Disney+ Hotstar
2022–present Lock Upp[19] Hindi ALTBalaji and MX Player
2022–present Bigg Boss OTT Kannada Kannada Voot
2022–present MasterChef India - Hindi Hindi Sony TV and SonyLIV
2022–present BB Jodi Telugu Star Maa
2023 Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt Hindi MX Player
2023–present Neethone Dance Telugu Star Maa
2023–present Bigg Boss OTT Hindi JioCinema
2023 Star vs Food: Survival Hindi Discovery+
2023–present MTV Hustle Hindi MTV India
2024–present MasterChef India - Telugu Telugu SonyLIV
2024–present MasterChef India - Tamil Tamil SonyLIV

Endemol Australia


Endemol Australia (formerly "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.[20] 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 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.[21]

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.[22]



Reality television




Late night/variety shows




Game shows


Children's shows


Live TV







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