Fremantle boosts focus on France

Monica Galer (pictured), previously FremantleMedia's CEO for France and Northern and Southern Europe, will now concentrate on FremantleMedia France, in a newly created role as president of the operation, effective September 1.
August 4, 2011

Monica Galer (pictured), previously working for FremantleMedia in a dual capacity as CEO for the company’s Northern and Southern Europe operations and CEO for FremantleMedia France, will now focus on the French operation in the newly created role of president, effective September 1.

Fremantle calls the move “an intensification of FremantleMedia’s focus on France, a key territory for the company,’ and also says it “marks the end of a process of revitalization of FremantleMedia’s operations in Northern and Southern Europe.”

While acting as CEO of Fremantle’s operations for both Northern and Southern Europe and France, Galer built new management teams in The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

‘Monica Galer is one of the architects of the European format and production industry, with formidable experience and a significant track record of success across Europe,” said FremantleMedia CEO Tony Cohen. “Her creative leadership has resulted in substantial renewal across our Northern and Southern European businesses, and I am very confident that her renewed and exclusive focus on France will assure us of further success and growth in this key territory.

“Monica’s appointment to this role is an indication of the strategic focus we are placing on maintaining momentum in France,” he added.

Under Galer, FremantleMedia France developed the global hit format Take Me Out and has produced local versions of such international formats as The Farmer Wants a Wife, Idol and The Price is Right. Galer has been with FremantleMedia since 2002.

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