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Endemol Shakeup: ‘Big Brother’ Co-Creator Paul Römer Exits

Longtime chief creative office will be replaced with a “creative board”

Endemol's chief creative officer Paul Römer is stepping down after 15 years at the international unscripted TV production giant.

He will be replaced by a "creative board" that will include a trio of Endemol execs — Endemol Group president Marco Bassetti, Endemol UK CEO Tim Hincks and Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg.

According to Endemol's press release, Römer stepped down "to pursue other opportunities."

Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Endemol Group said: "This new structure leverages our top creative talent in the Group and will add further focus and strength to the support we give our local creative teams around the world."   

Römer was one of the co-creators of one of Endemol's flagship properties, the Orwellian reality show "Big Brother." He developed the format with John de Mol and served as an executive producer for the series' original version in the Netherlands and the subsequent American iteration. 

"During my time here there has been a complete transformation of the TV and digital media landscape and Endemol has played a central role in that … Now after fifteen incredible years the time feels right for me to move on to new challenges," Römer said. 

Endemol also announced the promotion of Iris Boelhouwer to managing director of creative operations. Endemol is owned by Goldman Sachs, de Mol's Cyrte and Mediacinco, a Spanish subsidiary of Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset.