Big Brother producer Endemol has made changes to its senior management structure including naming former international operations managing director, Martha Brass, as the group’s COO. The news comes on the heels of the abrupt departure last week of Endemol Group COO and Endemol France CEO Virginie Calmels. Here’s the press release:

Endemol, the world’s largest independent production company, today announced that the Management Board, comprising CEO Just Spee and President Tim Hincks, has appointed a new Management Committee to focus on overseeing and supporting the business on a day-to-day basis.

Martha Brass, formerly Managing Director of International Operations, joins the Management Committee as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer. Brass will continue to oversee emerging markets whilst taking operational responsibility for additional territories including Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Edwin van Es, formerly Group Finance Director, joins the Management Committee as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all the Group’s finance activities including controlling, accounting, tax and treasury.

Boudewijn Beusmans, Global Head of Legal and Corporate Secretary, will also join the new Committee.

Beusmans, Brass and van Es will all continue to report to Just Spee.

Just Spee comments: “The new Management Committee brings together a team of people who are highly experienced and extremely effective in their respective fields. This new structure will help us to focus on the key strategic drivers of the business as we look to continue the growth and diversification Endemol achieved throughout 2012.”

Endemol created and launched over 50 new formats for broadcasters around the world in 2012, whilst also growing its distribution catalogue to 29,000 hours of content spanning all genres. In addition the company’s growing drama and comedy slate now includes major US and UK productions such as Ripper Street (BBC ONE), Hell On Wheels (AMC), Benidorm (ITV1), Black Mirror (Channel 4); forthcoming series such as Red Widow (ABC), Low Winter Sun (AMC) and Peaky Blinders (BBC Two); and a wide range of scripted output in territories including Australia, India, Russia, Holland, Italy, Spain and Argentina.