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WWE announces broadcast partnership with Talpa Network



WWE issued the following:


STAMFORD, Conn., April 7, 2021 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Talpa Network today announced a new partnership to broadcast WWE’s weekly flagship programs Raw® and SmackDown®, and to offer WrestleMania as a live Pay-Per-View event for the first time in the Netherlands on April 11 and 12.

Beginning April 9, one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown will be broadcast on the free-to-air channel Veronica on Friday evenings beginning at 11:45 pm (CEST). The full-length versions of Raw and SmackDown will be available to view on Talpa Network’s on-demand service KIJK, immediately following the U.S. broadcasts.

In addition to weekly programming, WWE’s two-night pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania, will made available live on KIJK Pay-Per-View on April 11 and 12, emanating from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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“We are excited to bring our weekly flagship programming to Talpa Network along with our global pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania,” said Andy Warkman, WWE VP, General Manager, Europe and Sub Saharan Africa. “This new partnership allows us to expand our reach and deliver our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment to WWE fans throughout the Netherlands.”

“We are very happy that this unique partnership enables us to broadcast WWE’s weekly flagship programs Raw® and SmackDown®, and offer WrestleMania as a live Pay-Per-View event to the Dutch audience on April 11 and 12. It’s an exciting and spectacular novelty in the Netherlands that hopefully leads to many happy fans and viewers on Veronica and KIJK,” said Bastiaan van Dalen, Head of Veronica.

About Talpa Network
Talpa Network is the name of the company in which John de Mol has consolidated his multimedia activities. Talpa Network consists of Events, TV (incl. SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9), Radio (incl. 538, Sky Radio, Veronica and Radio 10), Social (Social1nfluencers, StukTV, Gierige Gasten and NEW WAVE), Digital (incl. KIJK, JUKE and VoetbalTV), LINDA., TVGids TV, Talpa Gaming and the Ecommerce division (incl. VakantieVeilingen and Actievandedag). The ANP Dutch Press Agency is also part of the Talpa concern. All these parts of the company are supported by Media Solutions, Technology, and Creative. This extensive network means that the Dutch multimedia company is more than relevant for both consumers and advertisers.

John de Mol is well known for a number of worldwide blockbuster formats such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, and The Voice. For the latter show he received four Emmy Awards. His production company, Talpa Media, was incorporated by the British company ITV in 2015.

About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG programming can be seen in more than 900 million homes worldwide in 28 languages through world-class distribution partners including NBCUniversal, FOX Sports, BT Sport, Sony India and Rogers. The award-winning WWE Network includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library and is currently available in more than 180 countries. In the United States, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, is the exclusive home to WWE Network. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Dubai, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

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