Endemol is opening of an independent scripted TV studio operation.
Endemol Studios will focus on cable drama productions either based on original projects or adapted from the company's international portfolio. The studio will also partner with networks and producers on already-developed projects.
Philippe Maigret will serve as CEO, reporting to David Goldberg, chairman, Endemol North America. The former executive vice president of North American acquisitions will continue to oversee all rights acquisitions within the region. n.The news was first reported by Variety.
The launch of Endemol Studios is due partly to Endemol's recent string of success in U.S. scripted television, including the rights acquisitions of TNT's Leverage, TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, Happily Divorced and The Execs, and AMC's upcoming Hell on Wheels (developed by Endemol USA).