Endemol North America Chairman and CEO David Goldberg to Step Down

Goldberg, who launched Endemol USA, will step down at the end of the year

David Goldberg is leaving his position as chairman and CEO of Endemol North America after more than 13 years with the company, Endemol said Tuesday.

Goldberg, who launched Endemol USA and was responsible for the acquisitions of the companies behind “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Surreal Life” and “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will step down at the end of the year. He also led the 2011 charge to launch Endemol’s scripted studio. Goldberg will continue to serve as a consultant for Endemol on the daytime show “Steve Harvey,” which he was instrumental in launching.

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Goldberg, who was hired by Endemol founder John De Mol in 2000, said that he decided to leave because it is “time for me to try something new,” noting that his departure is “bitter-sweet.”

“Leaving my position as Chairman and CEO of Endemol North America is bitter-sweet. It is time for me to try something new and I am excited about the possibilities.” Goldberg said. “I am incredibly proud of the remarkable group of executives, producers and companies that I assembled over the last thirteen years and all that we accomplished together. It has been a privilege to be entrusted with building Endemol’s business in North America.

“I am leaving Endemol North America in fantastic shape. 2013, in particular, has been defined by a succession of new sales, returning hits and exciting opportunities. Among this year’s many triumphs, our first foray into syndicated daytime with Steve Harvey has been more successful than I could have imagined. Steve is an incredible talent and a fantastic partner. I look forward to continuing to play a part in that success story.”

Added Harvey, “David Goldberg is the reason I’m hosting this talk show. He had the vision and belief in me. There is a balance that makes a show a hit and David Goldberg is a part of that balance, so it’s comforting to know that he will continue as a partner and consultant.”