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FremantleMedia North America bolsters executive team

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has expanded its unscripted executive team with the promotion of industry veteran Joni Day, and the addition of Colin Nash and Jean Shi. Day (pictured) has been lifted ...
May 11, 2018

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has expanded its unscripted executive team with the promotion of industry veteran Joni Day, and the addition of Colin Nash and Jean Shi.

Day (pictured) has been lifted to SVP of alternative programming and development. In her new executive role at FMNA, she will focus on finding global formats for broadcast. Day currently serves as an executive producer for FMNA’s kids’ game show The Noise and the game show reboot of Beat the Clock, both on Universal Kids.

Day has been with FremantleMedia since 2013 and has previously served as VP of alternative programming and development. In that role, she managed development and production of reality competitions, game shows and other unscripted television programming. During her five-year tenure at FMNA, the executive has also helped develop and launch series such as The Great Christmas Light FightMatch Game and To Tell the Truth. Day has also received Emmy Award nominations for her work on both ABC’s Shark Tank and NBC’s The Voice.

Additionally, FMNA has named Colin Nash as SVP of alternative programming and development, and Jean Shi as VP of alternative programming & development.

Under the new title, Nash will focus on streaming and digital partners to expand FremantleMedia’s portfolio.

Nash formerly served as SVP of unscripted development and series at MTV, where he oversaw some of the Viacom youth network’s biggest series, such as True Life, The Real World and The Challenge. He also shepherded MTV’s first investigative series, Unlocking the Truth, the docuseries comedy Buckwild, and the behind-the-scenes music documentary with Rory Kramer, Dare to Live.

Nash’s career has led him to produce for a variety of networks including ABC, The CW, VH1, TLC and The WB.

Rounding out the team as VP of alternative programming and development, Shi will be tasked with developing and selling original unscripted series,  with a particular focus on global formats for cable.

Shi joins FMNA from Invent Media where she most recently served as SVP of development. The executive also spent three years in the NBCUniversal Group at Oxygen Media where she shepherded such series as Pretty.Strong., Douglas Family Gold, Strut, Battle of the Ex-Besties, Last Squad Standing and Three Days to Live, among others. Shi has previously held a variety of titles at GRB Entertainment, Lion Television (All3Media) and Painless Productions.

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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