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Fremantle restructures North American exec team

Global content creator Fremantle has restructured its executive team for its North American operations. In Fremantle’s production division, Dan Funk (pictured) has been named executive vice president of unscripted production. In his new ...
January 24, 2019

Global content creator Fremantle has restructured its executive team for its North American operations.

In Fremantle’s production division, Dan Funk (pictured) has been named executive vice president of unscripted production. In his new role, Funk will oversee all of Fremantle’s unscripted production operations in North America.

Funk has been part of the Fremantle team for the past 15 years, most recently serving as an executive producer on the Daytime Emmy Award-winning Let’s Make A Deal over its 10 seasons. Funk has been a member of the Directors Guild of America for 35 years and has produced hundreds of hours of programs across a variety of genres.

Meanwhile, Fremantle has elevated Suzanne Lopez to the role of chief operating officer for North America, effective immediately. In her new post, Lopez will oversee all aspects of legal and business affairs, human resources, production, technology and security for the company. Lopez most recently served as the company’s EVP of business and legal affairs.

Elsewhere, Tim Grau is moving into the role of EVP of business and legal affairs for the company’s unscripted projects. In his new role, Grau will oversee the negotiations of all deals surrounding the development, acquisition, production and distribution of Fremantle’s unscripted unit, as well as production legal affairs. Grau was most recently Fremantle’s SVP of commercial partnerships and business affairs.

Joining Fremantle is Meredith Berens, who will serve as company SVP of human resources. Berens was formerly the head of international HR for DreamWorks Animation.

Funk, Grau and Berens all report to Lopez.

About The Author
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.

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