Sunday, 26 June 2011

Endemol Chair/CEO Ynon Kreiz Steps Down Amid Financial Restructuring With Lenders

post thumbnail 2ND UPDATE: A key insider at Endemol�explains to�me, "I think there were issues in the way he ran the company and the decsions he made, and he lost the support of many of the employees. Like when you have a coach of a soccer team the players don't buy into the way he's managing the team." Not only unpopular, Ynon Kreiz exits as�Endemol�is facing�a 900 million euro�write-off of loans to the Dutch-based company which produces�Big Brother among many other unscripted shows around the world. Endemol also said this month it?s exploring options to restructure its debt as widening losses will cause it to breach covenants on 2.8 billion euros of loans, including 325 million euros of mezzanine debt used to fund its 2007 buyout. Reports are circulating of buyout interest from ITV, Time Warner, and News Corp. "Clearly there are debt issues and we're going through a financial restructuring. There also was unhappiness with a huge payout to Kreiz, which didn't sit well," the key insider�tells me. "But from a standpoint of creativity and new shows and long-running franchises and diversification of the company, we're on solid ground." The announcement of a shakeup at the top was made today by�Endemol's shareholder board (different from the usual board of directors) and first published by the Financial Times.�The mogul's exit�follows a three-year period of massive dealmaking ... Read More »


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