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Fremantle Media up Romero to VP

Exec to oversee activities in Mexico

A correction was made to this article on June 16, 2005.

MIAMI — Fremantle Media Prods. has upped Jose Luis Romero as VP of production for Latin America.

He also will oversee activities in Mexico. His appointment is part of a restructuring of production responsibilities that will be implemented at Fremantle Latin America this year.

Based in Mexico, Romero has been with Fremantle for more than 10 years and has served as executive producer on “Expedicion Robinson,” “The Price Is Right,” “Let’s Make a Deal” , “The Weakest Link” (in Mexico) and “Family Feud.” He will report to Carlos Gonzalez, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Latin America & U.S. Hispanic.

Fremantle Media is producing “Weakest Link” in Mexico, and is in pre-production on “La silla” (The Chair) for TV Azteca. It continues to produce the long-running “Family Feud” for Televisa, and is in talks over other formats.

Last month, it launched “The Apprentice” on Colombia’s Caracol. The format will go into a second season on Brazil’s Rede Record.

Also in Brazil, Fremantle has signed its first deal for the “American Idol” format in the region, with No. 2 broadcaster SBT. Similar formats, among them “Operacion triunfo,” “Popstars” and “La academia,” have already aired in various territories.

In Argentina, “Family Feud” is being produced for Canal 13/Artear, as is “Tiempo limite,” an adaptation of “Stop the Clock.”

Also in Argentina, Fremantle is producing a pilot of “Spoofed,” although it has not yet found a broadcaster.

This year, Fremantle produced the novela “La ley del silencio” for Telemundo, but the production lasted only one month on the U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster. No other sudsers are in development at this time, Fremantle said.

Senior exec producer Cristina Palacio is no longer with Fremantle Media. She has returned to her native Colombia and will produce locally.

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