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CEO of FremantleMedia North America Abruptly Resigns

Mar 22, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Tom Gutteridge, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, which produces “American Idol” and “The Price Is Right,” abruptly resigned late Tuesday. He said he has decided to return to his native United Kingdom for personal reasons, and that he will continue to act as a creative consultant on some of the projects he initiated.

In a statement, FremantleMedia said it will immediately begin a search for Mr. Gutteridge’s replacement. In the meantime, Catherine Mackay, regional CEO of FremantleMedia Enterprises for the United States, Australasia and Asia, has been appointed acting CEO.

FremantleMedia North America is a division of FremantleMedia, which is the production arm of RTL Group, which is said to be Europe’s largest TV and radio broadcast company.

In the United States, FremantleMedia North America also produces the syndicated strip “Family Feud,” “How Clean Is Your House?” for Lifetime and “Distraction” for Comedy Central. It also produced “The Swan” on Fox last season.

Before joining FremantleMedia North America, Mr. Gutteridge was group creative director of The Television Corp., a large independent producer in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Gutteridge is credited with introducing a number of creative initiatives to develop comedy and reality formats during his tenure at FremantleMedia. “Tom’s initiatives in comedy and factual entertainment have really helped broaden the range of FremantleMedia’s programming in the U.S.,” Ms. Mackay said.