Simon Spalding Out At FremantleMedia
COLOGNE, Germany - Simon Spalding has resigned as FremantleMedia's regional CEO for Europe and Asia Pacific as the TV production indie behind American Idol and The X Factor restructures its international operations. It is the second big executive shift at Fremantle this year. In March, FremantleMedia's Asia CEO Patrick Schult stepped down after 24 years at the company to "pursue new interests."
Fremantle said Spalding's responsibilities will now be split between several regional executives. Ian Hogg, who was recently promoted CEO Asia Pacific for Fremantle, will report directly to FremantleMedia CEO Tony Cohen while Monica Galer, CEO Northern & Southern Europe and Daniela Matei, CEO Nordics, Central Eastern Europe & Balkans will both now report to company COO Gary Carter. Fremantle did not elaborate on the executive reshuffle, except to say the new structure "will better enable FremantleMedia to continue developing our business in Europe and Asia Pacific."
Spalding was key in setting up Fremantle's international licensing division 10 years ago and in expanding the company's international reach, setting up satellite operations in Australia, India and China as spearheading acquisitions in Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands.