FremantleMedia International opens Canadian office

Former MGM exec Susan Hummel (pictured) will head up the Toronto-based office of FremantleMedia Canada as SVP of distribution and sales.
February 5, 2014

Global distribution giant FremantleMedia International has hired former MGM exec Susan Hummel to launch a Toronto sales office.

Hummel will join FremantleMedia Canada in March as SVP of distribution and sales.

FremantleMedia product is already present in Canadian primetime, with past formats and series including Canadian Idol, Merlin and The X Factor.

The international company will now have someone on the ground, licensing product in the English- and French-language markets to broadcasters, pay TV operators and digital platforms. Hummel will also help market content sold into the Canadian market.

She was most recently with MGM as SVP of U.S. basic cable and Canada television distribution, based in Toronto, and also held earlier executive stints at Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and FX.

“It’s a very exciting time at FMI with the company’s larger commitment to the Canadian TV market,” said Lisa Honig, New York-based senior EVP at FMI, in a statement Wednesday. “While this last year has been one of transition, the result has been an increased focus on investing in both in-house and third party content and development, as well as a re-energized commitment to building our scripted portfolio.”

“It’s great to be part of the newest FMI office, right from the ground-breaking. I look forward to expanding FMI’s existing relationships across all platforms throughout Canada,” Hummel added.

(From Playback Daily)

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