John de Mol’s Talpa Media buys Bunim-Murray for $50-70 million

The man known for jump-starting reality television internationally, Endemol founder Jon de Mol, has bought the company that established reality TV in the United States, Bunim-Murray Productions. De Mol’s new venture, Talpa Media, bought the company for an estimated “$50 million-$70 million — considered a great price for a company that owns very few of its formats,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper says Talpa “plans this year to open production subsidiaries in six countries: the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the U.K.”

Dutch TV mogul buys “Real World” producer [Hollywood Reporter]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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