FremantleMedia chief operating officer Gary Carter is leaving the international production company in six months.
Carter, who joined the company in 2005, is responsible for its operations in Northern and Southern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans and is also the chief creative officer of FMX, the company’s experimental cross-platform division. He also leads Creative Networks, a division combining FremantleMedia’s Worldwide Drama and Worldwide Entertainment departments.
He will remain to oversee the transition between outgoing CEO Tony Cohen and his replacement, FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz. In a statement, he said he decided to leave to pursue new challenges.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent working at FremantleMedia, and I leave in the knowledge that the company is in a very strong position and will continue to thrive in the coming years,” he said. “Since joining FremantleMedia, I have been fortunate enough to experience many parts of this company, but believe that it is now time for me to seek out new experiences.”
“Gary’s extraordinary creative drive and leadership over the last eight years has made a tremendous contribution to the company,” said CEO Tony Cohen. “His passion for television and commercial instinct has helped to build FremantleMedia into the market leading company it is today. I am very grateful for all he has done. It has been a pleasure working alongside him for the best part of the last decade and on behalf of the company I would like to wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Carter joined FremantleMedia Worldwide Entertainment in January 2005, having been a consultant for the company since August 2003. Prior to joining FremantleMedia, Carter ran a consultancy business and was Endemol’s executive director of program affairs.