WWE, in an ongoing effort to expand its global reach, has announced a new partnership with the Talpa Network in the Netherlands.
TALPA Network and WWE announce radio partnership in the Netherlands
STAMFORD, Conn. April 7, 2021 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Talpa Network today announced a new partnership to broadcast major weekly WWE programs Raw and SmackDown, and to present WrestleMania for the first time in the Netherlands as only live paid event on April 11 and 12.
Starting April 9, the hour-long copies of Raw and SmackDown will air on Veronica’s free channel on Friday nights starting at 11:45 p.m. (CEST). The full versions of Raw and SmackDown will air on Talpa’s KIJK on-demand network service immediately after they air in the United States.
In addition to the weekly shows, WWE’s two glamorous pop culture nights, WrestleMania, will be available live on WATCH Pay-Per-View April 11-12 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.
“We’re excited to bring our major weekly shows to Talpa, as well as the glamor of global pop culture, WrestleMania,” said Andy Warkman, WWE Vice President, General Manager Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. “This new partnership allows us to expand our reach and deliver a unique blend of action-packed entertainment and family entertainment to WWE fans across the Netherlands.”
“We are very pleased that this unique partnership allows us to broadcast WWE’s flagship weekly Raw and SmackDown and to present WrestleMania as a live pay-per-view event to Dutch audiences from April 11-12. This is an astonishing and exciting novelty in which Bastian Van Dalen, President of Veronica, said: “The Netherlands attracts many happy fans and viewers to Veronica and Keijk.”
About the Talpa network
Talpa Network is the name of the company where John de Mol consolidated his multimedia activities. The Talpa network includes events, TV (including SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9), radio (including 538, Sky Radio, Veronica and Radio 10), social media (Social1nfluencers, StukTV, Stingy Guests, NEW WAVE ) and digital (including this includes KIJK, JUKE and VoetbalTV) and LINDA. TVGids TV, Talpa Gaming and E-Commerce Division (including VakantieVeilingen and ActionVandedag). The Dutch news agency ANP is also part of the Talpa group. All of these parts of the business are supported by Media Solutions, Technology and Creative. This vast network makes the Dutch multimedia company more than suitable for consumers and advertisers.
John de Mol is known for a number of popular formats around the world, such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, and The Voice. For the last show, he won four Emmy Awards. His production company Talpa Media was founded in 2015 by UK company ITV.
WWE, Public Joint Stock Company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and a recognized leader in global entertainment. The company is a group of companies that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to providing family entertainment through its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE TV-PG programs can be viewed in over 900 million homes worldwide in 28 languages through global channel partners such as NBCUniversal, FOX Sports, BT Sport, Sony India and Rogers. WWE’s award-winning network includes all direct pay-per-view, scheduled programs and a huge library of on-demand videos and is currently available in over 180 countries. In the United States, NBCUniversal’s live streaming service, Peacock, is the exclusive home of the WWE Network. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Dubai, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
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