Endemol North America CEO David Goldberg to Exit in December (EXCLUSIVE)

Exec will continue as a consultant on 'Steve Harvey' syndie talkshow

David Goldberg

David Goldberg, the founder of Endemol’s North American TV operations, will step down as chairman-CEO in December.

Goldberg was recruited by Endemol founder John De Mol to launch the Endemol North America arm of the European production powerhouse in 2000. Goldberg will continue to serve as a consultant to Endemol after he leaves his executive position. The company will unveil its management shuffle closer to Goldberg’s exit, which was instigated by mutual agreement between the exec and Endemol chiefs as the expiration of his most recent contract approached.

Among the shows that Goldberg will continue to consult on is the syndie talkshow “Steve Harvey,” which had a solid debut season in 2012-13.

“David helped ensure Endemol USA grew from a start-up company into one of America’s most significant content creators and producers.  We are hugely grateful for what he has achieved and the company is in great shape for the future.  As a highly respected colleague and a friend, we wish him every success with whatever he chooses to do next and we’re delighted that he’ll be continuing to work with us on one of our biggest U.S. successes, ‘Steve Harvey,’ ” said Endemol Group president Tim Hincks

“Leaving my position as chairman and CEO of Endemol North America is bittersweet. It is time for me to try something new and I am excited about the possibilities.  I am incredibly proud of the remarkable group of executives, producers and companies that I assembled over the last thirteen years and all that we accomplished together,” Goldberg said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to be entrusted with building Endemol’s business in North America. I am leaving Endemol North America in fantastic shape.  2013, in particular, has been defined by a succession of new sales, returning hits and exciting opportunities.  Among this year’s many triumphs, our first foray into syndicated daytime with ‘Steve Harvey’ has been more successful than I could have imagined.  Steve is an incredible talent and a fantastic partner.”

Said Harvey: “David Goldberg is the reason I’m hosting this talk show. He had the vision and belief in me. There is a balance that makes a show a hit and David Goldberg is a part of that balance, so it’s comforting to know that he will continue as a partner and consultant.”

Buoyed early by the success of its parent company’s “Big Brother” format, Endemol USA laid claim to lucrative series including “Fear Factor,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Wipeout.” The company has tried in recent years to push into the scripted realm with mixed results; its active series include the AMC dramas “Hell on Wheels” and “Low Winter Sun.”

Financial struggles at the Holland-based parent company have dogged Endemol overall. The parent company took on massive amounts of debt, restructured and emerged with a complicated ownership structure after nearing bankruptcy in 2012. It has been the subject of takeover talks for the past few years.

Before joining Endemol, Goldberg spent 10 years at Warner Bros.

AJ Marechal contributed to this report.