Cecile Frot-Coutaz Is Fremantlemedia US CEO

MUMBAI: Television format creator, producer and licensing company FremantleMedia has appointed Cecile Frot-Coutaz as the new CEO for the US.

Frot-Coutaz is currently FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) COO. He is an executive producer of American idol. She brings to this key role a wealth of business and operational expertise both in the US and Europe.

FremantleMedia CEO Tony Cohen said, "We are delighted that Cecile has accepted to take on the role of CEO of our North American company. She has had a tremendous track record of achievement at FremantleMedia over the last 10 years and we believe she has the skills to grow the business in this key market in the years to come.

"The US is a vital part of our international business. We have a great creative team in the US and under Cecile we hope to develop programming that complements our existing slate and builds on the success of American Idol."

Frot-Coutaz says, "I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to oversee the group's US production business and look forward to working with our talented team of producers and executives to produce new, innovative programming for the US. We have some great projects in the pipeline for both network and cable and I looking forward to broadening our range of programming in the future."

In her 10 years with FremantleMedia, Frot-Coutaz has held numerous positions at the company in both London and the US. Prior to her appointment as COO, production in 2002, she was executive VP commercial and operations at FMNA, after a period developing online and interactive businesses for FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television).

In 1997, Frot-Coutaz was a key member of the team that acquired and then managed the integration of All-American Fremantle assets into the group. She then became deputy CEO Southern Europe and, in January 1999, added MD France to her responsibilities.

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