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Peter Salmon, the chief creative officer of Endemol Shine, said Tuesday that he expects the sale of the production and distribution powerhouse to be completed within the next several weeks.
“It’ll be in a month or two,” Salmon told attendees at the Royal Television Society’s annual conference in London. But he declined to be drawn on who the successful buyer would likely be, just as ITV CEO Carolyn McCall, on the same stage earlier, refused to address reports that her company was in the running.
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Endemol Shine has spent the summer promoting itself and opening its books to potential buyers, with the field of serious suitors narrowing in recent weeks. Rumored to be interested are ITV, Sony, Lionsgate and All3Media, among others. While the potential sale continues to generate gossip within the industry, Salmon said that day-to-day operations at the company behind Emmy-winning “Black Mirror,” “Big Brother” and “MasterChef” continued as normal.
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