Thom Beers to Depart FremantleMedia

The FremantleMedia North America CEO will depart at the end of his current contract, with Jennifer Mullin and Craig Cegielski rising to the role.

Thom Beers is leaving his post as CEO of FremantleMedia North America. The reality heavyweight, who has been with the stateside wing of the media giant since 2012, announced Monday that he will depart this summer at the end of his current contract.

Moving into his role are exec vps Jennifer Mullin and Craig Cegielski, who will serve as co-CEOs and report directly to Fremantle chief Cecile Frot-Coutaz.

“It’s been an unbelievable ride and I’ve been fortunate to build an incredibly talented team," said Beers. "We’ve launched shows in syndication and primetime, premiered our first scripted drama, created Buzzr, the company’s first linear channel, and leaped into the digital content business with Tiny Riot! I’m forever thankful to Cecile for her collaborative style, brilliant leadership and friendship. I couldn’t be more energized about FMNA’s future, and I’m proud to pass the baton to two of my favorite powerhouses, Jennifer Mullin and Craig Cegielski.”

Mullin and Cegielski rise from their roles in current and scripted programming, respectively. They'll also join the FremantleMedia Operating Board in June. 

"Thom has made great strides for the US business," said Frot-Coutaz, who moved to Fremantle's London mothership in 2012 to oversee the expansive media portfolio. "His extensive expertise, creativity, enthusiasm and innovative approach have opened new roads for the company, while building on its foundation. Jennifer and Craig are perfect successors to Thom. They are passionate, driven experts who will lead the business through the next exciting phase and continue to grow the accomplishments Thom made during his tenure.  I can’t thank Thom enough for all that he has done for the company, and I’m delighted to welcome Jennifer and Craig as they transition to lead the business.”

Beers remains a shareholder in his FremantleMedia-aquired production shingle Original, responsible for such unscripted hits as Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers.

“It’s been wonderful to see FMNA grow and innovate over the past 10 years," said Mullin, who joined the company in 2005. "I’m so proud of our team, what’s been achieved and what’s ahead. Thom has been a terrific fearless leader and incredibly supportive for the past three years. I thank Cecile for this opportunity and her commitment to drive excellence for the business globally. I feel honored to take the reins at FMNA and partner with the brilliant Craig Cegielski. I couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead.”

Cegielski is a more recent addition to the company, moving in to help beef up the scripted programming in 2013 shortly after Beers' appointment as CEO. 

“I joined FremantleMedia to lead the scripted business in bold and dynamic programming, defining FMNA’s voice in the community," added Cegielski. "Over the past two years we’ve launched one series on air and sold over a dozen projects into development, while partnering with some of the greatest talent in the industry. I couldn’t thank Thom enough for his enthusiasm and support and Cecile for her ongoing commitment to our ambitions. I have a huge amount of respect for the incredibly talented Jennifer Mullin, and I’m looking forward to us taking this company to new heights together.”

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