Westphal joins FremantleMedia

New chief of publicity will oversee all PR

“American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief.

Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade PR for the company.

Westphal reports to FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz, as well as chief creative officer Eugene Young.

“Manfred’s exceptional experience and track record launching and supervising the communications efforts for some of the most successful brands on television will be a tremendous asset to our company,” Frot-Coutaz said.

At Paramount, Westphal helped launch “Dr. Phil” and “The Insider” and also helped organize events such as “Entertainment Tonight’s” annual Emmy party. Other shows he handled included “Judge Judy,” “The Montel Williams Show” and “Judge Joe Brown.”

Westphal’s other credits include a stint at Showcase Communications, where he worked with clients such as TiVo, and Dan Klores Associates.

Beyond “Idol” (which it produces with 19 TV), FremantleMedia North America is also behind “America’s Got Talent,” “The Next Great American Band,” “The Price Is Right,” “Family Feud” and “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.”

More Scene

  • NMHC Impact Awards

    Aubrey Plaza, NHMC President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

  • 'Seven Seconds' TV show premiere

    Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in 'Seven Seconds'

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

  • UnReal Athena Film Festival

    How Trump Beating Clinton Impacted the Gender Politics of 'UnReal' Season 3

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

  • 'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and

    'Unsolved' Stars Point Out Racial Injustice in Biggie and Tupac Murder Cases

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

  • Taura Stinson, Common, and Diane WarrenVariety

    Common, Pasek and Paul, Diane Warren Reveal Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Songs

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

  • 'Game Night' film premiere

    'Game Night': Director, Writer Talk 'Straddling Genres' and the Influence of 'Get Out'

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America has hired Manfred Westphal to serve as the company’s publicity chief. Westphal was most recently vice president of media relations for Paramount Domestic Television. In his new gig, the exec, who initially joined the company earlier this year, serves as VP of communications. He oversees corporate, consumer and trade […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content