Zodiak Belgium, a Banijay Group company today confirms the appointment of Dirk Ver Hoeye, its new CFO. Starting on 1 October with new MD, Isabelle Dams, he will be tasked with overseeing all financial operations for the business.
Ver Hoeye joins Zodiak Belgium following a 17-year stint at DEDSIT as CEO, where he was responsible for overseeing finance, legal, budget management and the leadership of the production team.
This latest appointment further strengthens the new Zodiak Belgium leadership team, which sees Dams take her position as MD. Together, the pair, who report to Banijay Group COO, Peter Langenberg, will focus on building a diverse, high-quality slate of content with both local and global appeal.
Isabelle Dams says on the appointment: “It’s great to have Dirk by my side in this new adventure. It’s fair to say content continues as king, and with this in mind, we’re both confident that there is a strong journey ahead for Zodiak Belgium. In our new roles, we’re committed to establishing a slate that builds on the company’s previous successes whilst bringing fresh, must-see, entertaining content down the line.”
Dirk Ver Hoeye adds: “I’m looking forward to starting at Zodiak Belgium and working with the team to continue the brand’s success to date. My experience, with Isabelle’s, can hopefully help with the challenge of being able to further develop the business. TV production is team work and that’s what I love about this industry.”
The pair join the business following a strong start to the fall season, with outstanding results recorded for its four daily shows. In their first outings this autumn, VTM’s scripted reality title, De Buurtpolitie, scored a 33% share, VTM’s soap opera, Familie, scooped a 31% share, Vier’s reality show, Huizenjagers, drew a 14% share and finally, RTBF gameshow, Les Associés, attracted an 11% share. The company is also poised for VTM’s fall launches of De Buurtpolitie: Het Circus, the third film in the Buurtpolitie film series, based on the smash hit structured reality series, and Andy op Patrouille, a new factual entertainment series.