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ITV acquires Finnish indie to build Nordic business

ITV acquires Finnish indie to build Nordic business
Tim Dams
08 October 2012

ITV has acquired Finnish producer Tarinatalo, the latest acquisition by the broadcaster as it seeks to build up its international content business.

Together with the recently acquired Norwegian indie Mediacircus, the acquisition provides ITV Studios, which already has a base in Sweden, with a production footprint in three of the Nordic countries.

ITV is stepping up its global production ambitions. Last month, ITV Studios acquired Graham Norton’s So Television in a £17m deal.

Tarinatalo, which was founded in 1997, specialises in factual entertainment, reality and lifestyle programming.  It was also involved in co-producing the 2007 Eurovision song contest, which was held in Helsinki where the company is based.

Tarinatalo will produce 50 hours of programming this year across 11 shows ranging from pilot game show What Was That? and long running, ratings hit Antiques, Antiques on YLE TV1, through to the brand new series of Dragon’s Den on Nelonen.

Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President and CEO ITV Studios America, said: “Tarinatalo is a terrific fit as we progress with growing our business globally.  It is an extremely creative production company and has built fantastic relationships with Finnish broadcasters.  It not only has a wonderful portfolio of hit shows but also has a huge number of great ideas in development as well.
“The company has expanded quickly not only in terms of its size, but also in the programme genres it covers, as well as with its licensing and online activity. We are looking forward to working with the team to help it continue to grow and develop creatively.”
The Tarinatalo team will become part of ITV Studios Nordic, run by CEO Hans Engholm.
Aram Aflatuni, CEO of Tarinatalo, said: “We were very keen to join forces with ITV because of its exciting plan to create a Nordic creative hub with talented producers in both Sweden and Norway.”
Pictured above: Kari Tervo, founder and COO, Tarinatalo; Esko Naskali, Senior Executive producer, Tarinatalo; Heinonen, Senior Executive producer, Tarinatalo; Aram Aflatuni, CEO, Tarinatalo; Hans Engholm,, CEO ITV Studios Nordic

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