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SYDNEY — FremantleMedia Australia CEO Ian Hogg has been promoted to the newly-created role of CEO, FremantleMedia Asia Pacific, effectively replacing longtime Asia Pacific chief Patrick Schult who retired several months ago, the company said Monday.
Hogg will continue to be based in Sydney and will oversee the management and business performance of all of FremantleMedia’s production operations in Australia and Asia.
“We are very pleased that Ian will be extending his successful leadership of FremantleMedia Australia to take on responsibility for our thriving Asian businesses. We see enormous potential for the Asia Pacific region and Ian brings a unique combination of experience and expertise that combines knowledge of both the region and our company,” Simon Spalding, regional CEO, Europe and Asia Pacific, FremantleMedia said.
Hogg joined FMA in September 2009, after a stint as managing director, Asia Pacific, MGM Worldwide Television, returning to Australia, following the sale of his Singapore-based production, distribution and Internet company, Theatre Red.
“I’m very much looking forward to working closely with our great teams in all of our Asia Pacific offices and helping to grow FremantleMedia’s market leading business. I have a deep affinity for the Asian region and the rich cultural diversity of its people and the territories within it. It is an incredibly dynamic part of the world with a very strong appetite for innovative television programming and I am very excited to be re-engaging with it,” Hogg said.
FremantleMedia is currently in production of top rating show Masterchef Australia and is about to go into production on X Factor Australia, among others. In Asia the company makes localized version of its major franchises X Factor and Got Talent in India and China, Philippines and Thailand’s Got Talent, Project Runway in the Philippines and Korea; and Vietnam and Indonesian Idol, as well as Hole in the Wall in a number of territories.
It has been reported that FMA is currently developing a low-cost production model in Australia under which it will get into an advertising-funded production.
FMA last month sealed a deal with Mark Burnett under which FMA will become Burnett’s sole production services company for all One Three owned and controlled formats in Australia and New Zealand, and will be the producer of any local versions of Burnett’s programs.
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