FremantleMedia UK chief Sara Geater to depart

FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater (pictured) is exiting the company at the end of the month, with Thames MD Richard Holloway taking over as interim UK CEO.
May 15, 2014

Sara Geater (pictured), the CEO of FremantleMedia UK (FMUK) is to leave the organization at the end of the month.

Richard Holloway, MD of subsidiary prodco Thames, is to take over as interim UK CEO until a replacement has been found.

Announcing the news to staff yesterday (May 14), FremantleMedia’s CEO C├ęcile Frot-Coutaz said in a statement: “As CEO for FMUK for the last four years, Sara has been instrumental in building the new label structure for FMUK, including the recent appointment of Kate Harwood as the head of the new drama label Euston Films.

“During her tenure we have seen the revival of titles such as Birds of a Feather and Through the Keyhole, the launch of new shows including Suspects and An Hour to Save Your Life, and the recommissions of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. I would like to thank her and wish her well for her future.”

Geater added that, “having achieved everything I set out to do, it’s the right time to leave and take on a bigger challenge,” although no details have emerged yet of a new job for the exec.

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