SBS shuffles exec talent

Tillieux to oversee development, business strategies

AMSTERDAM — SBS Broadcasting has boosted Patrick Tillieux, a vet Benelux exec and current managing director of Belgian operations, to the new position of president-chairman of the management board of its Dutch operation SBS Broadcasting.

In the latest in a major reshuffle of talent in Holland, SBS also appointed Eric Van Stade, head of SBS6, as programming director for its three Dutch channels.

As of Jan. 1, Tillieux will oversee development and business strategies for SBS’ Dutch operations, including its three channels, production and print ops.

Managing director of Canal Plus Dutch and Flemish ops until September 2001, when he moved to SBS, Tillieux turned problem child VT4 in Belgium into a moneymaker for SBS, then launched spinoff VijfTV (Five TV). He also has held management positions at Holland Media Group (now RTL Netherlands) and TF1 in France.

The Dutch TV market is in the middle of a talent transition, partly driven by next year’s launch of media mogul John de Mol’s latest venture Talpa TV.

Talpa has hired Remco Van Westerloo, program manager of SBS’ Dutch channel Net 5, as program director from Jan. 1. Former SBS business topper Gert Grolleman will be Talpa’s business manager and Ton Rozestraten, general director of IP, RTL Netherlands’ ad and media placement agency, will be commercial director. Both start Feb. 1.

Ronald Goes, who leaves his chief operations officer spot at Endemol at year’s end, is widely believed to be on his way to Talpa.

In the meantime, ldtV, the second biggest production outfit in Holland and the continental content driver for U.K. parent outfit All3Media, has hired Dutch scripter, director and thesp Edwin de Vries as creative producer of drama.

And on Wednesday, Gerard Timmer, chairman and general director of pubcaster BNN, announced he would step down at year’s end, his duties to be taken over by a trio of managers.

Timmer, along with the late Bart de Graaff, started the youth-targeted broadcaster in 1996. Last week the Dutch parliament voted to allow it to continue on the airwaves until 2008.

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