Looking to up American scripted fare to sell abroad

Global programming titan Endemol is looking to expand the amount of scripted U.S. fare in its international sales arsenal.

As a part of that ramp-up, the company has hired Disney exec Philippe Maigret to serve as Endemol’s exec VP of acquisitions for North America.

Newly created position will keep Maigret busy as he looks to secure distribution rights to series, formats and libraries — with an emphasis on scripted drama and comedy.

Maigret will report to Endemol Group chief commercial officer Tom Toumazis and serve as a part of the company’s worldwide executive team. But he’ll be based in Los Angeles and also work closely with Endemol USA, headed by David Goldberg.

Maigret joins Endemol from Disney-ABC/ESPN Intl., where he was senior VP of business strategy and development. There he focused on expanding the company’s programming, channel and new-media distribution in other territories. He also pushed the company into reality and scripted series international production.

In hiring Maigret, Toumazis credited the exec’s track record in “production, distribution, acquisition, business management and development.” “He couldn’t be better qualified for this new role, which will be key to the strategic growth of Endemol’s global distribution activities,” Toumazis said.Hire comes as Endemol USA — known mostly for reality hits like “Big Brother” and “Wipeout” — continues to bulk up its scripted output under senior vice president Jeremy Gold.

Gold continues to focus on domestic development, as he works with U.S. writers, directors and thesps in generating new projects.

Maigret’s duties have more to do with searching for finished scripted series and international co-productions, as well as bringing U.S.-generated scripted fare to international partners.

Maigret’s resume also includes stints at Buena Vista Intl. TV, DreamWorks, StudioCanal U.S. and Centropolis/Electric Entertainment (where he was chief operating officer).

Maigret officially joins Endemol in March.

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