Endemol Group COO and Endemol France CEO Virginie Calmels is to leave the company “shortly” according to a statement. Calmels, who joined Big Brother producer Endemol in 2003, was named COO last year. Just last week, she was named president of the supervisory board of Euro Disney, but at the time of that announcement was expected to continue at Endemol. Nicolas Coppermann, who became managing director of Endemol France in May, will now become CEO. Endemol France’s recent credits include The Money Drop for TF1 and Undercover Boss for M6.
Copperman will report directly to Virginie Calmels, who was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Endemol Group and continues to oversee Endemol France as its Chairman. Calmels will now share her time between her responsibilities at Endemol France and the position she has taken up internationally at Group level.
In his new role Nicholas Coppermann will support Calmels, taking responsibility for the day to day operational management of Endemol France, which has recent credits including hit series for TF1 such as Secret Story, The Money Drop and les 12 Coups de Midi, and Undercover Boss for M6.
Big Brother producer Endemol continues to make changes at the top. Lucas Church has been upped from COO to CEO Endemol UK with CFO Richard Johnston named COO. Both men held their previous positions since 2008. The UK …
CEO of Endemol UK Tim Hincks has been appointed President of Endemol Group. Chairman and CEO of Endemol France Virginie Calmels has become Chief Operating Officer at Endemol Group.
Hincks and Calmels will report directly to Just Spee, who was appointed CEO of Endemol Group at the beginning of April.
CA Media, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group (TCG), and Endemol, the world’s largest independent television producer, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance in which CA Media has acquired a 49% stake in Endemol India. CA Media and Endemol’s strategy is to build Endemol India into the leading and most valuable content production company in India across television, film and digital content. Deepak Dhar, who has been Managing Director of Endemol India since 2007, will continue to lead the company and is promoted to CEO.
Sir Charles Allen, commenting on behalf of the Board, said: “Just brings a stellar track record of success. With his knowledge, skills and experience, he is in an excellent position to drive the continued success of the business. In his previous responsibilities Just has proven to be world class, continuously outperforming and delivering excellent results. Without the constraints of an onerous capital structure and supported by a new executive team that he will assemble, he is well positioned to pursue further growth.”
Just Spee joined Endemol as CFO in 2010, and since June 2011 has effectively been managing the company alongside former Group President Marco Bassetti whose departure was announced yesterday.
Sir Charles Allen, commenting on behalf of the Board, said: “We’d like to pay tribute to Marco, who joined the Group in 1997 and has made a significant contribution from both a leadership and creative perspective. He has held various roles including Chief Operating Officer, Group President and most recently interim CEO alongside Just Spee and on behalf of the Board we would like to thank him for the role he has played in the company’s success.”
Marco Bassetti comments: “With Endemol’s capital restructuring in the final stages of completion now feels like the right time for me to move on. I am leaving behind a great company, run by exceptional talent and in sound creative, operational and financial shape. It has been a great pleasure to work here.”
Drillich, who is currently Creative Director of the Amsterdam based producer, will take over the position from Peter Adrichem when the latter steps down on July 31st 2012.
Janeen is a leading executive with 28 years international experience in television industry including 15 years at Australia’s Seven Network. She is currently Head of Content & Rights Management at Seven, responsible for the exploitation of IP across all platforms, domestically and internationally.
Big Brother producer Endemol has announced a “significant step” towards financial restructuring. The Dutch TV giant was given an extension to restructure its $3.7 billion debt in December and today says agreements in principle have been reached with two-thrids of lenders. Late last year, Time Warner made an unsolicited $1.4 billion bid for the company, but Endemol put the offer on hold. Endemol spokesman Charlie Gardner tells me the focus for now is on a successful restructure and that Endemol has “a bright future as an independent company.” Still, it would not be surprising if suitors start sniffing around again once the debt issue is sorted. The official Endemol press release is below:
Endemol Group, a world leader in entertainment programming, announced today that its discussions with the Group’s lenders have reached an important milestone. A significant majority, representing more than two-thirds of lenders, have reached agreement in principle regarding a restructuring of the Group’s capital structure.
In the coming weeks, the Company and its lenders will continue discussions and work towards finalising documents for the legal implementation of a successful restructuring.
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