Shakeup at the Top of FremantleMedia, the Company Behind ‘Idol’ and ‘X Factor’

Apr 20, 2012  •  Post A Comment

FremantleMedia has a new CEO, with the company behind a string of hit television shows announcing that Tony Cohen will step down, TheWrap.com reports.

Replacing Cohen will be FremantleMedia North America chief Cecile Frot-Coutaz, who will relocate from Los Angeles to London. Frot-Coutaz has been CEO of FremantleMedia North America since 2005, overseeing the company’s U.S. hits such as "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

Cohen is stepping down to focus on "non-executive" work, the story says.

“After being with the group for 17 years, Cecile has the vision and leadership that are needed to further grow FremantleMedia," said Guillaume de Posch, who is co-CEO of RTL Group. Fremantle is the content production division of RTL Group, a European entertainment network.

De Posch thanked Cohen for his “outstanding achievements” and wished him “all the best for the future,” the report notes.

A successor to Frot-Coutaz at FremantleMedia North America hasn’t yet been named.

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