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.” READ MORE »
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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MIPCOM Briefs: ITV Sells NBC’s ‘Prime Suspect’ To 30 Territories; Overseas Buyers Get ‘Happily Divorced’
The international TV market got underway in Cannes this morning with a flurry of announcements. Here are a few titbits:
– ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the TV distribution arm of the Brit broadcaster, has sold the new NBC version of Prime Suspect to over 30 territories worldwide. This is despite the show teetering on the verge of cancellation in the U.S. ITV, which co-produced the remake with Universal Media Studios, has licensed the Maria Bello vehicle to broadcasters including Nine (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand) and TV3 (Ireland). Prime Suspect drew an underwhelming 1.5 18-49 rating in its second week on NBC. My colleague Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC’s chief Bob Greenblatt is willing to give the struggling show, which got mostly positive reviews, a bit more time.
– Meanwhile Shine International, the TV distribution arm of News Corp’s Shine Group, has licensed more than 200 hours of programming to Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic. It’s the biggest commission Shine has brokered with DLA/USH to date, and includes cooking competition show MasterChef, game show The Biggest Loser, and unscripted format One Born Every Minute.
Hulu Offering Miramax Films In Japan
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Mexican Rom Com ‘Labios Rojos’ Gets Release Date
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Report: ITV Crafting Full Takeover Of Debt-Ridden Endemol
Commercial broadcaster ITV is reportedly seeking full control of Dutch giant Endemol if it buys the production company behind Big Brother. ITV is constructing a deal to acquire Endemol by taking on its $2B …