Talpa Media USA hires four, lines up “Challenge Me America”

Talpa Media USA, the prodco behind NBC's The Voice, is expanding with a quartet of exec hires and has landed commissions for new shows from American nets NBC, Fox and Telemundo Media. (Pictured: Talpa founder John de Mol)
March 26, 2013

Talpa Media USA, the prodco behind NBC’s The Voice, is expanding with a quartet of exec hires and has landed commissions for new shows from American nets NBC, Fox and Telemundo Media.

Ira Chartoff has been appointed as the company’s chief financial officer, charged with overseeing all finance operations at the company. Since 2000, Chartoff has worked at Endemol USA, which was part of Talpa founder John de Mol’s (pictured above) previously owned global media group Endemol. During his time at Endemol, Chartoff served as director of finance, VP of finance and administration, and CFO.

Meanwhile, Sadoux Kim joins Talpa as senior VP of business development and digital. Kim previously worked as senior VP of marketing and branded media for Mark Burnett’s One Three Media and served as co-executive producer on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice.

In addition, Monica Stock has been named Talpa’s VP of production. Stock oversaw the production of 13 seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor and five seasons of The Bachelorette. She also recently served as the exec in charge of production on the third season of Fox’s MasterChef.

Finally, Leslie Garvin is joining the company as an exec producer. Garvin’s previously experience includes stints as a producer on show’s including Secret Millionaire, Shark Tank and The Mole.

Talpa Media USA’s CEO Simon Jones said: “We have found a group of highly motivated senior executives that combine a huge amount of experience with the hunger to deliver hit shows. I am very grateful that we have managed to tap some of the best senior executives in the business.”

In addition to the hires, the company unveiled details of three significant commissions. Among the new titles in production in the U.S. is the Nick Lachey-hosted singing game show The Winner Is, slated to debut this summer on NBC. In addition, U.S. Hispanic network Telemundo Media has commissioned 13 episodes of La Voz Kids, a Spanish language entry into The Voice franchise. The series will be produced in Miami and will begin airing in the spring.

For Fox meanwhile, Talpa is producing a studio-based pilot called Challenge Me America, and is developing an as-yet-untitled dating show for later this year as well.

“In recent months, we’ve sold proven Talpa formats to U.S. networks, Hispanic networks, and cable channels,” says Talpa Media USA’s chief creative officer and exec producer Stijn Bakkers. “After the success of The Voice, we are very excited to bring more of the ‘Talpa flavor’ to the American audience.

“Our goal is to deliver high-quality shows that have a strong storytelling basis and feel fresh in their execution. We are currently talking to networks and cable channels about formats that are recently developed by John de Mol and we can’t wait to reveal more about some of them in the coming weeks.”

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