Endemol honcho Hendriks ankles

Exec decision doesn't signal reshuffle or exodus, spokesman sez

AMSTERDAM — Endemol Entertainment topper Ruud Hendriks will leave the Dutch-based production outfit May 1.

Hendriks, 41, a veteran Dutch TV and radio executive, has been on the board for six years. In a statement, he was adamant that his decision reflected “no difference of opinion between me and the other members of the executive board,” among them chairman John de Mol.

Hendriks oversaw a number of activities, including the international distribution branch, which has now been sold off to CanWest, and the Interactive Media division.

An Endemol spokesman told Daily Variety that Hendriks’ decision did not signal a corporate reshuffle or the beginning of an exodus from Endemol in the wake of Spanish telco Telefonica’s takeover last year.

“There is no more attrition than might normally occur, and there is definitely no downsizing. Since the takeover, the areas of business have expanded and so have the responsibilities,” the spokesman added.

Hendriks was a significant stockholder in Endemol, and the sale of his shares to Telefonica reportedly made him a fortune.

Hendriks emphasized he did not have any immediate plans but was “open to new ventures.”

He is a pivotal figure in the Dutch media world. He began his career with the Dutch public broadcasters, then helped to found Holland’s first commercial channel, RTL 4. From RTL 4, he moved on to become managing director of NBC Intl. He joined the board of Endemol in 1995.

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