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Philip Segal to step down as CEO of Original Productions

Philip Segal, CEO of FremantleMedia North America’s Original Productions, is stepping down from his position when his contract ends this spring. During the interim transition period, Ernie Avila, OP’s COO & ...
April 20, 2017

Philip Segal, CEO of FremantleMedia North America’s Original Productions, is stepping down from his position when his contract ends this spring.

During the interim transition period, Ernie Avila, OP’s COO & EVP of business affairs and Sarah Whalen, OP’s EVP of development and programming, will take over management. Both Avila and Whalen will report into Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America

“Philip has been an incredibly respected member of our team, leading OP and successfully managing key long-running and award-winning franchises including Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Bering Sea Gold, Storage Wars and Jay Leno’s Garage,” said Mulli, in a statement. “We wish Philip all the best in his new endeavors and we look forward to Ernie and Sarah lending their expertise across the business during this transition.”

Segal joined Original Productions in 2005 as president and executive producer, with operating responsibility for the production company’s thousands of hours of programming. 

“It has been such a privilege to be at the helm of Original where we have built a legacy of genre defining shows that have stood the test of time,” said Segal. “I’ve produced well over 2,000 hours of TV under this prolific roof and I’m so grateful to my amazing staff for their tireless effort crafting every single hour.” 

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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