The former creative director of Talpa worked for three decades tightly together with De Mol, but was remarkably sidelined in 2019. Long-running trials followed for years.
Friday failed Scholtze’s latest attempt to obtain severance pay of more than a million euros from the Supreme Court. Previously, a judge had awarded him the highest ‘fair compensation’ ever, but after an appeal he had to do it again. put back.
“You can imagine I’ve had better days,” says Scholtze. For the moment, he refrains from commenting on the legal proceedings, but he wishes to say that the case has weighed heavily on him.
He would like to develop his project to write a book about his collaboration with De Mol. “It will be a story about my life and my work with him. The last few years I have kept everything in a journal.”
The book will not only describe the years in which their collaboration failed, emphasizes the television man. It will certainly not be a settlement.
“This is the very beautiful and exciting thirty-year collaboration. So not only on quarrels, but also on successes. On experiences with people like Robert ten Brink, Linda de Mol, Marc Klein Essink, Robert Long and Tineke Schouten When you read the first eight chapters you must be thinking “whoah” what a dream job. “
The last two years, which Scholtze describes as a “derailed judicial divorce”, will only take one or two chapters. “This is only a small part of the story. It will be kind of a TV fairy tale, but without a happy ending.”
Scholtze says she has more than enough material to fill the book, which isn’t just for the crowd. “I’ve kept a lot of it, notes and the like. There are yards of paper here. The working title is: In het hol van De Mol.”
The former Creative Director of Talpa realizes that posting can lead to new legal hassles, but isn’t afraid. “Of course that will attract lawyers again. But I’m not afraid of it. What have I got to lose? Another lawsuit? John has already got his money back.”
A large stack of books have now been published on De Mol, including The corridors of De Mol (2004), Billion games (2005), Dig into a rich life (2015) in De Mol, the most powerful media family in the Netherlands (2020). But none of these stories were written by someone who has worked so closely with the TV icon for so long.
Men are already working at the end of the eighties together to the then very popular Western Hospital Series of the Medical Center. Soon after, Scholtze started working at John de Mol Productions, later Endemol.
There they worked together on major productions such as the Staatsloterijshow, All You Need is Love, Big Brother, Koffietijd, and later also the Gouden Kooi and Utopia.
“I expect this overwhelmingly optimistic and realistic tale, full of high-profile anecdotes, to also provide an exciting glimpse into the world surrounding one of the world’s most brilliant TV makers,” says Scholtze. The book is expected to be published this fall.