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FremantleMedia North America recruits Rierson as COO

Lee Rierson (pictured), most recently COO at Shine America, is taking up the same position at American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America, effective July 22.
July 9, 2013

Lee Rierson (pictured), most recently COO at Shine America, is taking up the same position at American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America.

Effective July 22, he will oversee production, business development, strategic planning, business and legal affairs, and communications and marketing for the American Idol and The X Factor producer, and report to CEO Thom Beers.

“With the talent and assets the company has in place, it is poised to build rapidly on its iconic brands using its deep domestic and international content generation and distribution capacities,” Rierson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire team to accelerate that process on all fronts.”

In 2006, Rierson joined Reveille, which the Shine Group acquired and renamed two years later. He was promoted to managing director and later COO, overseeing production, business and legal affairs, music, human resources and labor relations. Before that he was vice president of business affairs for ABC Entertainment and worked as a program attorney for ABC.

FremantleMedia North America’s slate also includes America’s Got Talent, The Price Is Right, Family Feud and Let’s Make A Deal.

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