Endemol Format Acquisitions Head Grant Ross Resigns

4:49 AM PST 04/29/2014 by Scott Roxborough
Among Ross' acquisitions for Endemol were hit Israeli Reality Format "The Extra Mile."

Erik de Winter is promoted to global manager of format acquisitions at the company, producer of “Big Brother” and “Deal or No Deal.”

There's been more executive shuffling at global production giant Endemol as Grant Ross steps down as global head of format acquisitions. He will be replaced in-house by Erik de Winter, who has been newly promoted to the role.

Ross has been with Endemol since 2007, initially heading up international operations at Endemol France before being promoted to global head of acquisitions for the entire Endemol Group in 2009.

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In that role, Ross picked up such international reality show formats as Norwegian dating show Babes on a Bus, which Endemol has sold to multiple markets. The show, which features 10 beauties traveling from small town to small town looking for love, was ordered to pilot by Fox in the U.S. but was not picked up.

More recently, Ross inked a deal for hot Israeli reality format The Extra Mile, which features divorced couples working together to compete to win a trust fund for their children.

De Winter joined Endemol in 2011 from Dutch production house Absolutely Independent, where he was marketing and sales director.

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