FremantleMedia’s CEO Tony Cohen is to step down to focus on non-executive work, with Cécile Frot-Coutaz, currently CEO of FremantleMedia North America, stepping into his vacated role.
Effective July 1, Frot-Coutaz will be based in London and will head up the RTL Group’s production arm, which produces American Idol, The Apprentice and The X Factor.
“After being with the group for 17 years, Cécile has the vision and leadership that are needed to further grow FremantleMedia,” said Guillaume de Posch, co-CEO of RTL Group. “She brings expertise and drive from the largest TV market in the world and combines her creative skills as a producer with a sharp business perspective.”
De Posch thanked Cohen for his achievements, which include the production of prime-time global entertainment formats and growth of the company’s branded entertainment, and wished him the best for the future.
Cohen said: “FremantleMedia’s extraordinary creative and commercial achievements this last decade have been due to the talent and skill of its leadership team and staff, to our great partnerships with major talent and to our shareholder’s unwavering support. I am grateful to them all and to have been part of the company’s amazing journey.”
Frot-Coutaz currently oversees the development, production and business operations of more than 600 hours of programming, as the CEO of FremantleMedia North America.
Her successor will be named at a later date, Fremantle said.