Four months after Philippe Maigret stepped down as Endemol Studios CEO in the Endemol-Shine merger, he has landed another top scripted job at a U.S. outpost of a European TV conglom. Maigret has been appointed President, Scripted Programming, ITV Studios America. His hire follows the recent departure of ITV Studios America president Orly Adelson. In the newly created role, Maigret will oversee ITV Studios America’s scripted portfolio. He will be based in Los Angeles and will start his job August 10.
Maigret launched Endemol Studios in 2011, with a scripted portfolio that included current series Hell On Wheels (AMC), now in its fifth season, drama Kingdom (DirecTV), now in its second season, and previous series based on European formats Red Widow (ABC) and Low Winter Sun (AMC).
In merging the Shine and Endemol U.S. operations, Endemol Shine North America’s handed its scripted division to Carolyn G. Bernstein, EVP and head of Scripted Programming at Shine America, and Maigret’s top lieutenant Jeremy Gold, EVP, Creative Affairs, Endemol Studios.
Kevin Lygo, Managing Director, ITV Studios said: “This is the next step in fulfilling our ambition to build a global scripted business.”
Maigret joined Endemol in March 2010 as EVP, Acquisitions. Before that, he was SVP, Business Strategy and Development, International at Disney-ABC.
ITV Studios’ modest scripted portfolio stems largely from the company’s acquisitions/business ventures, including NBC drama Aquarius, produced by Tomorrow Studios, History miniseries Texas Rising, from Thinkfactory Media, and Hallmark Channel’s Good Witch series.