×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fremantle taps CEO

Gutteridge to run North American division

Hoping to take advantage of the megasuccess of “American Idol,” FremantleMedia has brought in U.K. TV vet Tom Gutteridge to run the company’s North American operations.

Gutteridge, who takes the newly created position of FremantleMedia North America CEO, has been charged with expanding the production company’s presence in the U.S. Besides producing “American Idol” (along with 19 Television), Fremantle’s program stable includes CBS’ “The Price Is Right” and TLC’s “Date Patrol.”

“This company now has an amazing opportunity,” Gutteridge said. “It has the No. 1 show in America, a huge, long-running, valuable and profitable franchise in place. There is almost no excuse why the company should not capitalize on that and become a major production force in America.”

Gutteridge joins Fremantle from U.K. indie TV operation the Television Corp., where he was group creative director. While there, he exec produced Fox’s reality skein “Paradise Hotel” as well as the net’s upcoming entry “Forever Eden.”

Under terms of his deal at Fremantle, he’ll split his time in the coming months between his CEO gig and continuing his work on “Eden,” which premieres March 1. Gutteridge is committed to exec producing the first 25 segs of “Eden.”

Gutteridge said he hoped to attract more reality producers to Fremantle, although the company doesn’t plan to acquire any smaller shingles. The exec plans to sell producers on the fact that Fremantle has an international format and distribution infrastructure already in place.

“Fremantle is in almost every territory in the world,” he said. “There isn’t another business in America that can offer that kind of package to creatives.”

Beyond reality, Gutteridge said Fremantle would look to expand into the scripted realm.

“The bottom line is, Fremantle needs to be a major creative powerhouse,” he said.

Gutteridge will report to Catherine Mackay, FremantleMedia’s regional CEO of Australasia, Asia and the U.S. She said Gutteridge’s appointment brings the North America market in line with FremantleMedia’s other territories, all of which are run by CEOs.

“It’s really about having a certain stature of a leader, someone who has the full complement of skills to grow the business the way we’d like to see it over the long term,” she said. “There’s a wonderful magic about Tom; he brings a track record in primetime entertainment programming that works in the market.”

Gutteridge founded and ran U.K. production company Mentorn, which he sold in 2000. Before that, he was an exec at the BBC.

Fremantle’s North American operations had been overseen by entertainment prexy David Lyle and chief operating officer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. Both will report to Gutteridge.

More TV

  • CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA

    'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

    Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019. “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines [...]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    How The Rolling Stones' 'She’s a Rainbow' Got a Seven-Figure Synch Renaissance

    As far as Rolling Stones chart hits go, “She’s A Rainbow” is more of a cult favorite in the band’s canon, just missing the Top 40 of Mick Jagger’s biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits of all time. But by 2018 standards, it’s suddenly become a smash — based on how many high-profile sync placements the [...]

  • David Schwimmer to Star in New

    David Schwimmer to Star in New Sky Comedy Series ‘Intelligence’

    David Schwimmer will play a power-hungry NSA agent relocated to the U.K. in “Intelligence,” a new six-part comedy series for Sky in Britain. Schwimmer is best known to British audiences for his role as Ross in “Friends,” but was recently in the news after British police posted a video of a suspected thief who seemed [...]

  • Fiona Campbell Named Controller of BBC

    BBC Names Fiona Campbell as New Head of Online Channel BBC Three

    The BBC has named Fiona Campbell the new boss of its youth-skewing online channel, BBC Three, replacing outgoing controller Damian Kavanagh, who is leaving in the new year to run Endemol Shine-owned producer Tiger Aspect. Campbell has been heading up the documentary unit at BBC Studios, the U.K. pubcaster’s production division. She also worked at BBC Three [...]

  • Rüdiger Böss, ProSiebenSat.1's Longtime Hollywood Buyer,

    Rüdiger Böss, ProSiebenSat.1's Longtime Buyer in Hollywood, to Leave the Company

    Rüdiger Böss, who as head buyer for ProSiebenSat.1 negotiated the German broadcast giant’s deals with U.S. studios for many years, is leaving after more than a quarter of a century at the company. Böss is a well-known figure in the international TV business and a familiar face at major events and markets. ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Conrad [...]

  • Rebel Wilson Romantic Comedy

    Rebel Wilson to Star in Australian Drama Series 'Les Norton'

    Rebel Wilson and David Wenham will star in Australian drama series “Les Norton.” Adapted from the novels of Robert G. Barrett, the show is presented by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia. Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of a country bloke from outback Queensland, played by rising star Alexander Bertrand [...]

  • Korea's CJ ENM Acquires Scandinavian Sales

    South Korea's CJ ENM Acquires Scandinavian Sales Company Eccho Rights

    South Korean entertainment powerhouse CJ ENM has acquired a majority stake in Stockholm-based rights-management and sales company Eccho Rights. A leading entertainment and merchandising company in Asia, CJ ENM will give Eccho Rights the resources to expand its global footprint across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Eccho Rights has offices in Stockholm, Istanbul, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content