BBC hires Talpa exec for formats role

The BBC's in-house entertainment division has named Vincent Dijkema as its program consultant for format entertainment.
January 14, 2013

The BBC’s in-house entertainment division has named Vincent Dijkema as its program consultant for format entertainment.

Dijkema was most recently a senior creative at Talpa, where he co-developed titles including The Voice Of Holland, I Love My Country, The Voice Kids and Holland’s Next Millionaire.

Prior to that, he was the founder of the production company Screenyard; a program developer with D&D Production; and a production manager at K&B Events and Television.

“It’s fantastic news that in such a competitive global market we can tempt someone of Vincent’s caliber to join In-house Entertainment,” said Katie Taylor, controller of entertainment and events. “As co-creator of such an iconic show as The Voice, he will bring a different dimension to an already talented team that created the highest rating entertainment show of 2012 with the Strictly Final.”

“I had some great years with Talpa, but I needed a new challenge,” said Dijkema. “To get the chance to develop formats for peak time BBC is a dream come true. And I thank Katie Taylor for having faith in my creative talent.”

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