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.
“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.