FremantleMedia ups Carter to COO

Schneider-Sickert to exit company

“Idol” producer FremantleMedia is shuffling senior management, adding the new role of chief operating officer to Gary Carter’s duties while director of operations and strategy Christian Schneider-Sickert is leaving the company.

Carter, previously prexy of creative networks and chief creative officer of the company’s experimental cross-platform division FMX, will be responsible for strategy and business development, human resources, communications, legal and business affairs.

He will continue to oversee both FMX and creative networks, which secures formats in all genres for the FremantleMedia group worldwide. He also is a member of FremantleMedia’s board.

South African-born Carter trained as an actor at U. of Cape Town, and worked in the national theater before moving to London in 1985.

During 10 years as an agent he represented writers, producers, directors and independent TV production companies.

After joining Planet 24 in the mid-1990s, he ran the Los Angeles office and all its international business, including the international launch of “Survivor.”

In 1997 he moved to the Netherlands to join Endemol, where he was executive director of program affairs. He oversaw the rollout of “Big Brother,” and the acquisition from Celador of licenses for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in 11 European territories.

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