Paul Römer, a key figure in the development of Endemol’s reality hit Big Brother, is stepping down from his role as chief creative officer at the global entertainment company to pursue other opportunities.
One of Endemol’s longest-serving executives, Römer was with the company for 15 years. Joining in 1994, in 2002 he was appointed as managing director for Endemol in The Netherlands, and was named global head of programming in 2008, taking up the role in January of 2009.
With John de Mol, Römer co-created Big Brother. Römer served as EP when the show first aired in The Netherlands in 1999, and then took it to the U.S. in 2000. Upon coming to Channel 4 in the UK in 2000, it became one of the network’s biggest hits, until its final airing on C4 last month. Big Brother still airs in over 40 countries.
The move comes as the global indie announces a shuffling of its senior leadership team, including the establishment of a new creative board to oversee global properties, provide support for Endemol’s international creative teams and take a lead role in major creative decisions. The board includes Endemol Group president Marco Bassetti, UK CEO Tim Hincks and David Goldberg, Chairman of Endemol North America.
Endemol has promoted former executive director, creative support Iris Boelhouwer to managing director of creative operations to coordinate creative processes and teams worldwide.
‘Marco, Tim and David are among the most experienced and skilled creative leaders in the business,’ said Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Endemol Group. ‘This new structure leverages our top creative talent in the Group and will add further focus and strength to the support we give our local creative teams around the world. David and Tim’s teams in the US and the UK are behind some of our most recent global hits including 101 Ways To Leave a Gameshow, The Money Drop and Wipeout and are well positioned to take on a broader role. The promotion of Iris recognizes the great contribution she has made to the company and the value she brings to our creative activities.’
As for the departure of Römer, Kreiz had this to say about the former Endemol CCO: ‘He has had an outstanding track record at Endemol and has made an invaluable creative and commercial contribution to the business in a range of key senior roles. This has included co-developing and launching Big Brother, the most ground breaking format of the last decade, which continues to be a colossal hit in the major markets. We are extremely grateful for all he has done and wish him all the very best for the future.’
Römer, who said via the statement that he is moving on to ‘new challenges,’ added: ‘I will miss everyone here enormously but I am leaving behind a brilliantly talented team who I know will go from strength to strength. It has been a privilege to work with them.’