COO will over see start of new CEO, quit at end 2012

LONDON — FremantleMedia chief operating officer Gary Carter is quitting after eight years at the RTL Group’s production arm.

Move follows recent announcement that CEO Tony Cohen is leaving and will be succeeded by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America.

Carter, who will oversee the transition between the toppers, aims to step down at the end of the year.

As COO, Carter’s brief includes responsibility for European activities. He spearheads Creative Networks, which acquires, develops and launches entertainment and drama formats via the company’s global production network.

He is also chief creative officer of FMX, the producer‘s cross platform division which develops entertainment formats and brands for mobile, broadband, games consoles and IPTV.

Cohen said, “Gary’s passion for television and commercial instinct has helped to build FremantleMedia into the market-leading company it is today. I am very grateful for all he has done.”

Before FremantleMedia, Carter was executive director of program affairs at rival Endemol.

He was previously international business manager for U.K. shingle Planet 24 Prods., running its Los Angeles office.

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