FremantleMedia reshapes int’l biz

Clark upped to director of global, Kinane take his prexy slot

FremantleMedia is shuffling its exec pack, moving worldwide entertainment prexy Rob Clark to the newly created role of director of global entertainment development and giving his old title to acting prexy Trish Kinane.

Kinane, who will report to FremantleMedia’s chief operating officer Gary Carter, will oversee the global roll-out of all the company’s non-scripted formats through its international production network. The company, which is part of Bertelsmann’s RTL Group, holds the rights to global brands including “Idol,” “Got Talent” and “The X Factor,” as well as a back catalog that includes “Family Feud” and “The Price is Right.”

Before Fremantle, Kinane was joint managing director of U.K. shingle Action Time, whose shows included “Love at First Sight,” sold to Paramount, and “Million Dollar Chance of a Lifetime,” picked up by Fox.

She also launched Ludus Entertainment, which created and produced factual entertainment formats “Dial a Mum,” and gamers “Watching the Detectives” and “Soap Challenge.”

In 2008, she and business partner Stephen Leahy were awarded the FRAPA Intl. Gold Format Award at Mipcom.

Clark will lead FremantleMedia’s efforts to create and acquire new international entertainment formats.

Exec, who will report to CEO Tony Cohen, also joins the FremantleMedia operating board.

Clark said: “I see enormous potential in extending our significant development expertise even further, to create new entertainment formats that are as successful as our other global hits.”

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