31 JAN 2023

Talpa strengthens its global format operation with new hires

Talpa has hired Ingrid Akkerman as its Head of Creative Partnerships and Format Sales, and Marina Chikalovets as Format Sales Manager for the Global team in the Netherlands.

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Ingrid Akkerman and Marina Chikalovets

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Aiming to strengthen its global format operation, Talpa has hired Ingrid Akkerman as its Head of Creative Partnerships and Format Sales, and Marina Chikalovets as Format Sales Manager for the Global team in the Netherlands.

Ingrid Akkerman has an impressive background in international format sales. Having worked at big format houses like Endemol Shine, most recently she was Head of Sales at ITV Global Entertainment. At Talpa, Akkerman will further build the Talpa Creative Partnership proposition, which has led to hit formats like “Million Dollar Island” and Hunting Season.” On top of that, she will also contribute to expanding Talpa's international format sales.

Meanwhile, Marina Chikalovets has an extensive background in format production and format acquisition for premium platforms. In her new position as Format Sales Manager for the company's Global team in the Netherlands, she will mainly focus on format sales.

"We are thrilled to welcome both Ingrid and Marina to our team. Their complementary experience and knowledge will enhance the growth of our global format footprint in the coming years. The timing is essential given the tremendous momentum of our latest format ‘The Floor,’"  commented Sebastian van Barneveld, Director of Talpa Global.