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Big Brother co-creator Paul Römer quits Endemol

The chief creative officer at the Netherlands-based Endemol, is leaving "to pursue other opportuniti

Paul Römer, chief creative officer at the Netherlands-based production and distribution company Endemol, is leaving "to pursue other opportunities".

Römer, one of the co-creators of the global reality show Big Brother, is leaving the company after 15 years.

He played a major role in the company's launch in the Netherlands in 1999 and thereafter in the US, before being appointed as global head of programming in January 2009. He was named Endemol's chief creative officer later that year.

Endemol announced a series of changes within its senior creative team as well as the creation of a new creative board following Römer's departure.

The group creative board will include Tim Hincks, chief executive of the company's UK subsidiary; Marco Bassetti, president of the global group; and David Goldberg, chairman of Endemol North America.

The company also promoted Iris Boelhouwer to managing director of creative operations to coordinate Endemol's creative processes and teams around the world.