Entertainment exec moves at FremantleMedia

Trish Kinane, previously acting president of worldwide entertainment, now fully steps into the role previously held by Rob Clark, while Clark takes on the newly created position of director of global entertainment development.
January 9, 2012

Trish Kinane, most recently acting president of worldwide entertainment for global producer FremantleMedia, has now fully stepped into the role previously held by Rob Clark, while Clark is moving to a newly created role as director, global entertainment development.

In her role, Kinane is tasked with overseeing the global roll-out of Fremantle’s developed and acquired non-scripted formats and will oversee the department’s efforts to manage the flow of ideas through the company and to promote best practices within FremantleMedia’s international production network.

Kinane will continue to report to FremantleMedia COO Gary Carter.

Prior to FremantleMedia, Kinane was joint managing director for format producer Action Time along with business partner Stephen Leahy, with whom she’d previously launched Ludus Entertainment.

“Trish’s unique background of international creative production expertise and managerial experience has already been of tremendous value to the company, and we are very pleased that she will remain in a position that is so central to our efforts to bring inspiring entertainment to global audiences,” said Carter.

Meanwhile, Rob Clark has been appointed to a newly created position, director of global entertainment development. In the role, Clark will be responsible for international format development within the FremantleMedia network and will work with entertainment creatives, territory CEOs and heads of development. He will set the global entertainment development agenda for all FremantleMedia companies and also manage all global format acquisitions. He’ll report to company CEO Tony Cohen and join its operating board, effective immediately.

“FremantleMedia has great creative talent throughout its network, and Rob’s appointment to this new role greatly increases our commitment to development,” said Cohen. “I am delighted that he will be leading our work to create and deliver inspiring, top entertainment to television audiences around the world.”

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