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UFA Group taps Nico Hofmann as co-CEO

UFA Group, the German production arm of FremantleMedia, has appointed Nico Hofmann (pictured, left) as co-CEO alongside current CEO Wolf Bauer (right), effective immediately.
September 2, 2015

UFA Group, the German production arm of FremantleMedia, has appointed Nico Hofmann (pictured, left) as co-CEO, effective immediately.

Reporting to FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Hofmann will work alongside current CEO Wolf Bauer as part of a two-year transition plan. In September 2017, Bauer will hand over the reins to Hofmann in order to focus on producing.

For the time being, Hofmann and Bauer will have joint responsibility in guiding the company’s overall management with oversight on certain operations and units.

UFA develops and produces a broad range of programming, including such entertainment formats as German Idol and Farmer Wants a Wife.

“After 25 years of leading UFA to its outstanding market position, Wolf proposed to me a succession plan which made sense for both Wolf and the business and I happily accepted,” said FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz in a statement.

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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