Formats giant Endemol is venturing further into scripted programming with the launch of Endemol Studios, an LA-based scripted TV studio operation, to be headed up by newly appointed CEO Philippe Maigret (pictured).
Endemol Studios will develop and produce US scripted TV programming for global exploitation across all platforms. The operation is resourced to finance the development of projects; deficit-finance the production of pilots and series; and to oversee all related activities.
In his new role, Maigret will report to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg and will continue to oversee North America rights acquisitions for the group. He has served as executive VP for North America acquisitions since joining the company in March last year.
Joining Maigret, Jeremy Gold takes on the role of head of creative affairs for Endemol Studios. Gold joined Endemol in 2008 as senior VP for scripted programming, launching Endemol USA’s scripted TV development division.
“Endemol Studios represents a significant step in our ongoing strategy to expand and diversify our activities in North America at the same time helping fuel our global growth,” said Goldberg. “Philippe and Jeremy bring together a powerful blend of experience and a track record of delivering projects with global potential.”
In related news, Endemol has confirmed that its global head of marketing Steve Copestake has this month left the firm. A spokesman for the company told realscreen the departure was “very amicable,” and said the marketing team would now report to Cathy Payne, CEO of Endemol Worldwide Distribution.