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“ProSieben is not planning or contemplating a merger with Axel Springer,” Julian Geist, a ProSiebenSat.1 spokesman, said Wednesday.
Instead the companies will jointly launch a project to promote digital start-ups.
The merger would have faced regulatory and anti-trust challenges. A move by Springer 10 years ago to buy ProSiebenSat.1 failed after opposition from Germany’s media watchdog Kek and the country’s anti-trust body. However, the media landscape has changed since then, with the rise of digital rivals. Last year, the Federal Administrative Court over-ruled the Kek’s objections to a merger, and the more competitive landscape would probably nullify any anti-trust concerns.
Another obstacle that may have stopped the merger is that the Springer family wanted to keep control of Axel Springer
According to the Wall Street Journal, negotiations are at an early stage and the merger would face regulatory and anti-trust challenges. A move by Springer 10 years ago to buy ProSiebenSat.1 failed after opposition from Germany’s media watchdog Kek and the country’s anti-trust body. The media landscape has changed since then, with the rise of digital rivals. Last year, the Federal Administrative Court over-ruled the Kek’s objections to a merger, and the more competitive landscape would probably nullify any anti-trust concerns.
ProSieben, which is worth around Euros 9.7 billion ($10.7 billion), owns a network of TV channels that had a 28.9% share of Germany’s free-tv market in the first quarter. Stations include Sat.1, ProSieben, kabel eins, sixx, Sat.1 Gold and ProSieben Maxx. It
Talpa previously acquired 49.9 % of the company.
“Axel Springer and Schwartzkopff TV, now Talpa Germany, have been linked together in a success story spanning 15 years, which would not have been possible without the efforts of the managing director Karsten Roeder and his entire team,” Dr. Jens Müffelmann, Axel Springer Digital Ventures’s CEO.
Founded in 1993, Schwartzkopff TV has been a subsidiary of Axel Springer Se since 1999 and has been operating under the name of Talpa Germany since 2014.
The sale of Talpa Germany is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.
Talpa Media, created by John de Mol, is the shingle behind “The Voice” (pictured above), “Utopia” and “I Love My Country,” among other hit formats.
Periot has always probed society’s wounds, questioning events — Hiroshima, the G8 summits, even coming out — by forcing viewers to confront common perceptions, sources of information, and the ways official reports are designed to prop up the powers that be.
De Mol (pictured) will acquire 49.9% of Schwartzkopff TV, a production subsidiary of Axel Springer that will be renamed Talpa Germany. Schwartztkopff has already been in business with Talpa for several years, co-producing Teutonic versions of the company’s “Voice” competition show franchise. Talpa’s “Utopia” is set to launch in Germany next year.
Talpa, based in the Netherlands, has been on a global expansion push in the past few months. It has launched outposts in the U.K., Nordic region and Italy.
“Schwartzkopff TV has been our partner in the German market from the very beginning. The fact that we work together so well is an important factor in the success of the Talpa formats in Germany. I’m therefore very pleased with this strong confirmation of our partnership,
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