Talpa, based in Laren, The Netherlands, is the holding firm that incorporates John de Mol's media activities. The company focuses on several parts of the international media industry. Over the past few years, Talpa Holding has established itself as a full service development, production and distribution company primarily for television programmes. Talpa Content is the group's own creative development unit for television formats and multimedia concepts. Genres include reality, infotainment, entertainment, game shows, fiction, comedy and feature film. Talpa Productions is the group's in-house TV production unit. Talpa Global is dedicated to the worldwide licensing of Talpa Content's formats and finished series.
Talpa Media also has its own record label: 8ball Music (www.8ballmusic.nl).
Talpa Media Group is a shareholder in SBS Nederland (www.sbs.nl), which operates three TV stations, SBS6, NET5 and Veronica. Radio stations Radio 538 and Slam FM (www.radio538.nl) are also fully owned by Talpa. Next to this, Talpa holds a minority share in radio corporation 100% NL which operates a station under the same name and one called Radio 10 (www.100p.nl).
In 2010, Talpa acquired a stake in successful Russian producer Mir Reality. In 2012, the company set up Talpa Media USA, its own production company in Los Angeles. In 2014 Talpa Middle East, based in Dubai, was established. Talpa UK, Talpa Italy and Talpa Nordic are examples of 50-50 joint ventures Talpa operates together with local production companies in key international television markets. The goal is to jointly produce programmes in those markets based on Talpa formats and commissioned by local broadcasters. Examples of such partners are Shed Media in the UK, Shine France in Francophone European markets, Shine Iberia in Spain and Portugal and Shine Australia in Australia and New Zealand, Nordisk Film TV and Banijay Finland for Scandinavia and Finland, Toro TV in Italy. Talpa Germany is jointly owned with Axel Springer SE.