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FremantleMedia shuffles senior execs in Asia

FremantleMedia has reorganized its executive ranks in Asia, with Paul O'Hanlon (pictured) - current MD of Asia - transitioning to the role of creative director for China, while Glenn Sims uproots to Singapore to serve as director of creative content.
July 22, 2015

FremantleMedia has reorganized its executive ranks in Asia, with Paul O’Hanlon (pictured) – current MD of Asia – transitioning to the role of creative director for China, while Glenn Sims uproots to Singapore to serve as director of creative content.

In his new role, O’Hanlon will be responsible for the continued growth of the business within China. Working alongside newly appointed FremantleMedia China CEO Vivian Yin, he is to develop new entertainment formats for the Chinese market by leveraging the recently signed partnership between Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV and China Media Capital.

Sims, meanwhile, is charged with overseeing sales and creative output for Singapore, while driving the global producer-distributor’s pan-Asian productions. After joining the company in 2011, Sims was tapped as head of entertainment in 2012 responsible for MasterChef, Indonesian Idol and X Factor Indonesia. Most recently, he served as senior VP of content and production, where he developed, localized and produced content for the company’s Indonesian operations.

The restructuring also sees Don Keyte moving to Singapore to serve as commercial production management executive. Keyte – the current MD and director of business operations for the company’s Melbourne outpost – will report to Simon Rabbitt, COO of Australia. In addition, Michelle Landy is stepping down as COO of FremantleMedia Asia.

All appointments are effective immediately.

Elsewhere, the company’s offices in India, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand will be given more independence and creative control – moving away from a centralized Singapore model – in order to “steer further programming opportunities in their respective markets,” according to FremantleMedia’s Ian Hogg, regional CEO for Australia and Asia, to whom all businesses will report.

“Our focus on customers and creative development in Asia with these key appointments allows us to showcase our world-renowned creativity to millions of Asian viewers with content that is made specifically for these markets. There is no doubt that pan-regional local production is on the rise,” Hogg said in a statement.

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