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Fremantlemedia announces senior creative appointments in Asia as biz expands

MUMBAI: Television format creator, distributor  Fremantlemedia regional CEO Australia,  Asia Ian Hogg has announced some senior appointments in key Asian markets.Producer Glenn Sims will move to Singapore to become director of creative content, with responsibility for the creative output and sales for the Singapore business. Sims is currentlyFremantleMedia’s Indonesian operationssenior VP content and production.In his newly-created role, Sims will be responsible for driving Fremantlemedia’s pan-Asian productions, following the success of ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ this year, the company’s first regional production which was broadcast in more than 20 countries.

In addition, Paul O’Hanlon, the MD of Asia, will move to a new role as creative director China after taking some personal leave to welcome his first child in September.

In China, O’Hanlon will work closely with new CEO Vivian Yin to drive the continued expansion of FremantleMedia’s China business, particularly looking to leverage the recently-signed joint venture between Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV, China Media Capital and FremantleMedia to create and develop entertainment formats for the China market.

Don Keyte, currently Fremantlemedia’s Melbourne MD, director of business operations, will move to Singapore ascommercial production management executive. He will report to Fremantlemedia Australia COO

Simon Rabbitt, who has now taken on the additional responsibility of Asia.Hogg said, “Glenn is an outstanding executive and has been a key contributor to our Indonesian company for several years. He will absolutely flourish in this new expanded role. I am also delighted that Paul has agreed to creatively lead our important joint venture in China. His experience in the region is second to none and as the business continues to expand, having someone of his calibre to work alongside Vivian is something I value enormously.

Don has been a successful part of our Australian company’s leadership team for five years. He brings a strong business focus with a deep understanding of production.”

The current COO of Asia Michelle Landy is stepping down from her role. “Michelle has made an enormous contribution to our Asian companies. On a personal level I would like to thank Michelle for her energy, drive and steadfast loyalty,” Hogg said.
FremantleMedia’s offices of India, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand will be given expanded autonomy for further investment, resourcing and growth, moving away from the centralised Singapore model. All businesses will report directly to Hogg.

“Our focus on customers and creative development in Asia with these key appointments allows us to showcase our world-renowned creativity to millions of Asian viewers with content that is made specifically for these markets. There is no doubt that pan regional local production is on the rise .

“Glenn and Don will help fuel our growth in Asia with world-class programming and commercial solutions. At the same time, we are giving our individual Asian offices greater independence and control to flex their creative muscle and steer further programming opportunities in their respective markets” Hogg said.

The current COO of Asia Michelle Landy is stepping down from her role. Hogg said. FremantleMedia’s offices of India, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand will be given expanded autonomy for further investment, resourcing and growth, moving away from the centralised Singapore model. All businesses will report directly to Ian Hogg.

Sims joined FremantleMedia in 2011 after a successful career as a producer in his native UK and New Zealand. In Indonesia, he consulted to Masterchef season 1 and was appointed head of Entertainment in 2012 overseeing FremantleMedia’s Masterchef, Indonesian Idol and X Factor Indonesia. The following year he became SVP of content and production, charged with development, localisation and production for FremantleMedia Indonesia.

The appointments are effective immediately.