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, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Netherlands, India, South Africa, Lebanon, Morocco, Philippines, Turkey and Australia among others. It's controlled by the biggest Italian media company, Mediaset.
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. 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.
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 USA just launched their newest division, Endemol USA Latino, which produces Endemol USA's successful shows in Spanish language as shown on the major Hispanic TV networks. Their first production is Vas o No Vas based on the popular Deal or No Deal, currently airing on Telemundo. Unlike Endemol USA's headquarters in Los Angeles, Endemol USA Latino has headquarters located in Miami, Florida.
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 know 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 a confusion with the audience and the other musical reality show.
Endemol Mexico also produced 2 seasons of ick reality show Fear Factor, also having VIP versions. The first season was hosted by Julio Bracho, but because he had a contract with Telemundo by the second season, Gabriel Pontones, who was one of the houseguests of Big Brother Mexico took over as host for Second 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 Ensename 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 was sued by four Georgia women alleging that a text-message game featured on Deal or No Deal is a form of illegal gambling.
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