Cecile Frot-Coutaz
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YouTube, LLC


Head, EMEA

After more than 20 years at FremantleMedia, six of them as CEO, Frot-Coutaz surprised many with the announcement in March 2018 that she was stepping down to head up YouTube’s operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa and grow the company’s creator base. But she’s no stranger to the platform: Under her leadership, Fremantle embraced digital distribution, establishing almost 300 YouTube channels out of her belief that the medium represents “the voice of a generation” and “an integral part of the world’s cultural conversation.” June 2018 saw the launch of the YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) subscription service in 11 new European markets. At Fremantle, Frot-Coutaz led a push into scripted content with such high-profile titles as “The Young Pope” and “American Gods.” 

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Cecile Frot-Coutaz Leaving FremantleMedia to Head Up YouTube's EMEA Operations

Cecile Frot-Coutaz Leaving FremantleMedia to Head Up YouTube's EMEA Operations

Cecile Frot-Coutaz is stepping down as CEO of FremantleMedia to head up YouTube's operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa. The surprise announcement Wednesday that she would leave production and distribution giant FremantleMedia after more than two decades marks the latest departure of a seasoned TV executive for a FAANG job.Pan-European media group RTL, which owns FremantleMedia, said it was in talks with Frot-Coutaz to ensure a smooth transition and had begun the search for a successor. It did not specify...


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