FremantleMedia backs Man Alive, FMI hires Kusser

FremantleMedia International has tapped Caroline Kusser (pictured) as senior VP of sales and distribution for its U.S. division, while FremantleMedia has taken a stake in former Channel 4 exec Justin Gorman's new indie prodco.
December 10, 2015

FremantleMedia International (FMI) has appointed Caroline Kusser (pictured) to the newly created role of senior VP of sales and distribution for its U.S. arm.

The exec will be based in LA and report to Lisa Honig, senior executive VP of television and digital distribution for North America.

In the new role, Kusser will be charged with “maximizing opportunities” for the company’s slate of content across linear, digital and home entertainment platforms in the U.S. market.

Before joining FMI, Kusser established TV content distribution service CaroKusser, which served ZDF Enterprises, among other clients. The exec also worked at Red Arrow International for 10 years and in 2011 was relocated to LA as senior VP of North America. Prior to her stint at Red Arrow International, Kusser held roles at Bavaria Media Television, peppermint and Beta Film.

In other FremantleMedia news, the company has invested in a new production company from former Channel 4 exec Justin Gorman .

FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in Man Alive Entertainment, which was recently launched by the UK broadcaster’s former head of entertainment. The company has the option to up the share in the future.

Gorman’s indie plans to develop and produce large-scale entertainment and factual entertainment programming as well as reality, game show and quiz formats. Gorman’s credits include the revamped TFI Friday, The Million Pound Drop Live and Derren Brown and The Cube. Prior to his role at C4, he served as an executive producer at the All3Media-owned Objective Productions and Endemol Shine-owned Princess Productions.

Gorman serves as creative director and CEO of the new company, while former C4 colleague Hannah Dodson joins Man Alive as head of development.

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