Talpa has tapped Maarten Meijs, who previously served as president of global entertainment at ITV Studios, as CEO.
Meijs will be reporting directly to Founder John de Mol. Meijs will join Talpa in January 2022, overseeing the day-to-day running of Talpa’s businesses across creative (Talpa Concepts), production (Talpa Entertainment Productions), partnerships and international distribution (Talpa Distribution), developing business strategy and vision as well as identifying growth opportunities in new and existing markets and media.
De Mol said: ”Maarten Meijs is a dynamic leader, and he brings a strategic mindset as well as a proven track record in leading businesses and building big brands such as The Voice, which has become the number one global brand under his helm. For me personally, it marks the start of new beginnings, as it allows me to spend more time on what I like most, which is developing and producing innovative new ideas.”
Meijs commented: “My time at ITV Studios has been a wonderful journey, but I am truly excited to help build Talpa to become an important and ambitious content company with creativity and innovation at its core. Talpa has a unique mix of elements to deploy with access to screen in the Netherlands through its linear networks and digital platforms. The aim will continue to be transformative in content creation, which is key to accelerating global ambitions to better serve audiences across all platforms as well as creating value for brands. It is the right climate for shaping creative partnerships with brands, creative talent and media partners to turn great ideas into strong content propositions.”
ITV Studios has placed Chief Operating Officer Arjan Pomper and Chief Commercial Officer Kim Dingler in charge of global entertainment while the process to appoint a permanent successor is underway.