Southern Star extends Endemol joint venture

Southern Star announced today their joint venture with Endemol, the Dutch-based format powerhouse which owns Big Brother and Deal Or No Deal, has been extended for another three-year term.
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Southern Star announced today their joint venture with Endemol, the Dutch-based format powerhouse which owns Big Brother and Deal Or No Deal, has been extended for another three-year term.

The joint venture, based at Southern Star in Sydney, creates, develops and produces television programming for Australian and New Zealand broadcasters, as well as exporting its intellectual property to the rest of the world.

Endemol is the biggest supplier of formatted programming in the world and is the creator of Big Brother, Deal Or No Deal; 1 vs 100, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Fear Factor, Performing As, The Games, and over 500 other formats.

Endemol Southern Star has exclusive access to all current and future Endemol formats for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

Big Brother is one of the most successful programmes in Australia with the seventh series to air in early 2007 on Network TEN. The programme has captivated TEN’s key 16-39 year old demographic since its inception.

Southern Star Group chief executive Hugh Marks says: “With the powerhouse free to air product Big Brother and Deal or No Deal and projects like The Power of One for Foxtel, Endemol Southern Star is an important contributor to the company.

“Endemol are the leading producers of multi-platform television formats worldwide. Their creativity and diversity is second to none.

“With new exciting formats like 1 vs 100 smashing UK and US ratings records, it’s going to be an exciting 2007 for ESS.”

The joint venture was established in 2000.

Southern Star is an integrated film and television production and distribution group. Divisions of the Company are involved in film, television and video production; sales and distribution; and licensing and merchandising. Southern Star is a division of Southern Cross Broadcasting (Australia) Limited, a publicly listed Company on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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