FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz to leave after 23 years

MUMBAI: European media company RTL Group has announced that Cécile Frot-Coutaz will leave television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia as its CEO in order to take on a new challenge. A process has been initiated to select a new CEO for FremantleMedia. RTL Group’s Executive Committee is in constructive talks with Cécile Frot-Coutaz for a smooth transition at the helm of the Group’s global content arm until her departure.

RTL Group CEO Bert Habets said, “I would like to thank Cécile for her extraordinary creative and commercial achievements at FremantleMedia. She has built FremantleMedia North America into the largest operation in FremantleMedia’s global network, serving also as an executive producer of hit formats such as American Idol and America’s Got Talent. As CEO of FremantleMedia, she has successfully put creativity back in the centre of the company over the past six years. With its expanding slate of high-end drama series and iconic entertainment shows, FremantleMedia is strongly positioned to grow significantly in the future. I regret, but understand Cécile’s decision. All of us wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Frot-Coutaz said, “FremantleMedia has been a lot more than my place of work for the past 23 years – it’s been the place I’ve called home. Decisions like this are never easy, but I know I leave behind a thriving, confident company with a terrific pipeline, dynamic global leadership, a supportive shareholder and, most importantly, a world-class team of creatives. I go on to explore new challenges safe in the knowledge that FremantleMedia’s best days lie ahead.”

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