Exclusive: FremantleMedia North America names new unscripted head

Veteran reality producer Toby Gorman (pictured) will take his post at FMNA in mid-April as EVP of alternative programming, overseeing development of reality competition and game show formats as well as syndication-focused unscripted content.
January 21, 2014

FremantleMedia North America has named veteran reality producer Toby Gorman as its new executive vice president of alternative programming, effective mid-April of this year.

Gorman will be responsible for overseeing unscripted development, and tasked with developing formats for reality competition and game shows for broadcast and cable networks, as well as syndication-oriented unscripted programming.

He will report to Thom Beers, chairman and CEO of FremantleMedia North America.

Most recently, Gorman served as co-EP and show runner for NBC’s Hollywood Game Night and The Winner Is, as well as the Peacock’s pilot Surprise, Surprise, and the Fox series Mobbed.

He also worked with FMNA on a freelance capacity as an EP and show runner for dating pilot Take Me Out (ABC), exec producer for Celebrity Family Feud (NBC) and supervising producer for seasons eight and nine of American Idol (Fox). Prior to that, he’d worked in his native UK with FremantleMedia on such programs as ITV1′s All-Star Family Fortunes and Grease Is the Word. Other programs he worked on in the UK include I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Hell’s Kitchen.

“FremantleMedia aims to continue to build on its strong presence in reality, game show and other unscripted television, and Toby has earned a wonderful reputation as a terrific series producer and show runner,” said Beers in a statement. “With his diverse experience, and an attuned eye for the international market, he will be a substantial new member of our team.”

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