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YouTube exec, former Fremantle CEO named Sky Studios chief

Sky has appointed YouTube executive and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz to helm its production and development arm, Sky Studios, across Europe as CEO. In her new role, Frot-Coutaz (pictured) will ...
May 13, 2021

Sky has appointed YouTube executive and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz to helm its production and development arm, Sky Studios, across Europe as CEO.

In her new role, Frot-Coutaz (pictured) will take on the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky Originals, and work closely with the company’s content leads in each market to deliver documentary, comedy and drama.

The executive will also take charge of Sky Studios global portfolio of production companies which includes Blast! Films, Jupiter Entertainment, True North and Love Productions, creator of The Great British Bake Off.

As CEO, her remit also includes film and TV studio Sky Studios Elstree, set to open next year.

Currently head of YouTube in EMEA and formerly CEO of global producer-distributor Fremantle, Frot-Coutaz takes up her post in September.

Dana Strong, group chief executive of Sky, said in a statement: “Cécile is a global leader in content and entertainment and has the bold vision and unique mix of experience needed to take Sky Studios to the next level of becoming a European production powerhouse. She is perfectly suited to lead Sky Studios as we ramp up our investment in original content and look ahead to cameras rolling at Sky Studios Elstree next year.”

Current chief executive Gary Davey, who launched Sky Studios in 2019, remains with the business to ensure a smooth transition before retiring later this year. It was announced in December that Davey would be stepping down from his post this summer.

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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