Stijn Bakkers, the chief creative officer of John de Mol’s Talpa Media USA, is expected to exit the company due to disagreements with Talpa Media Group owner John de Mol, an individual with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap.
The individual said that Bakkers, who’s an executive producer on Talpa’s “The Voice,” is considering leaving due to a difference of opinion with De Mol over the upcoming Fox reality series “Utopia,” which is described as a social experiment show that will place a group of people in an isolated area for a year in an effort to create their own civilization.
However, the title of the series turned out to be ironic. The individual said that Bakkers decided to walk away because a “very controlling” De Mol, who created and is executive producing the series, is insisting on doing it his own way.
A spokesman for Talpa told TheWrap that Bakkers, whose contract is up in June, is still with company. Saying that Bakkers is discussing “multiple options” with Talpa, the spokesman added that “we’ll know fairly soon” whether he will remain with the company or not.