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Maureen FitzPatrick named senior VP

FremantleMedia North America has tapped Maureen FitzPatrick senior VP of comedy development.

FitzPatrick moves over from FremantleMedia Enterprises, the company’s licensing arm, where she created the online comedy channel Atomic Wedgie. It was there that the Web series “Secret Girlfriend” was developed before it was turned into a comedy series with a six-episode order at Comedy Central.

FitzPatrick will now oversee comedy development at FremantleMedia North America, as well as sell and adapt existing British comedies. She’ll also continue to oversee the development of comedy formats from Atomic Wedgie to on-air.

She’ll report to FremantleMedia North America chief creative officer Eugene Young.

“Maureen has made a significant contribution in developing our comedy strategy and migrating hit projects from our online platform, Atomic Wedgie, to television,” said CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz.

FitzPatrick had served as senior VP, digital content and development, at FremantleMedia Enterprises. Prior to that, she worked as a producer and consultant on series and pilots for Sony, Warner Bros. and Buena Vista.

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