In a move that is being called the "end of an era,” the longtime showrunner on ABC's competition show “Dancing with the Stars,” Conrad Green, is leaving the program to join Fox’s “Utopia” as executive producer, reports Deadline.com.
Green has been with “Dancing with the Stars,” where he’s also an executive producer, since its debut, the story notes. His nine-year tenure on the program will end with the show’s season finale on May 20.
“I’m enormously proud of everything we’ve achieved on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” he told the publication. “This has been the job of a lifetime and I’m thankful for every performance, every dancer and every colleague I’ve worked with over the years, and to ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions for these past 18 seasons. What was once a small dancing show has thrived and become a cultural phenomenon.”
He said his reason for leaving was that the “immense potential of ‘Utopia’ was simply too good to pass up.”
“Utopia,” which is from “Big Brother” creator John de Mol, will feature 15 people who are taken to an isolated and undeveloped location, where they will spend a year creating a civilization.