Banijay Finland CEO boards FremantleMedia

The global producer-distributor has tapped former Banijay Finland CEO Joonas Hytonen (pictured) to the post of MD for its Finnish operations.
November 6, 2015

Global producer-distributor FremantleMedia has tapped former Banijay Finland CEO Joonas Hytönen (pictured) to the post of MD for its Finnish operations.

In the new role, Hytönen will oversee the strategic vision and overall management of FremantleMedia Finland, with additional oversight of the company’s original program development slate and the production of FremantleMedia formats in the market. He will also be responsible for expanding the company across digital, licensing and ad-funded programming.

Banijay Finland, meanwhile, has named CCO Martti Sivonen, CFO Rami Jahkonen, and COO aa Suvi Oja-Heiniemi as joint CEOs on an interim basis following Hytönen’s departure.

“We expect to start a recruitment process of a new Banijay Finland CEO by December,” said Jacob Houlind, Nordic Group CEO for Banijay Group, in a statement.

Hytönen will join the Nordics, Eastern Europe and Balkans (NOREEBA) senior management team in 2016, and is to report to NOREEBA CEO Daniela Matei.

As former CEO of Banijay Finland, the exec was responsible for a number of local format adaptations including The Voice, Top Chef, Temptation Island and Find My Family. Prior to boarding Banijay in 2013, he served as head of entertainment at Nice Entertainment Group-owned Moskito Television where he oversaw Survivor, Kitchen Nightmares, Reality Queens of the Jungle, Connected and Dinner Disasters.

Hytönen previously founded and ran indie Illusioni Oy from 2001 to 2006, and also served as a presenter, host and columnist for a number of TV series.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.