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Fremantle North America names Kinane president of ent programming

FremantleMedia has appointed Trish Kinane as president of entertainment programming at FremantleMedia North America, overseeing flagship franchises American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent.
June 21, 2012

FremantleMedia has appointed Trish Kinane as president of entertainment programming at FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), overseeing flagship franchises American Idol, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent.

Kinane takes on the FMNA role effective August 1. Currently FremantleMedia’s president of worldwide entertainment, the new role will see her based in LA and initially reporting to incoming FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz.

She will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, day-to-day operational and creative aspects of American Idol, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent on behalf of FMNA. She will also work closely with American broadcasters FOX and NBC as well as FMNA’s production partners Syco and 19.

Frot-Coutaz said: “Trish Kinane is a pre-eminent TV production executive with decades of experience at the forefront of the industry. She also has firsthand knowledge and a huge breadth of experience with the Idols, Got Talent and X Factor formats.

“Trish’s experience, combined with her remarkable natural creative instincts and inherent management and production know-how make her the perfect choice to ensure the continued success of these market leading shows.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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