Endemol recruits Martha Brass

She was formerly head of TV at 19 Entertainment

LONDON -- Former 19 Management and FremantleMedia executive Martha Brass is joining Endemol as deputy COO and will work with COO Marco Bassetti to oversee operations across Endemol's production and distribution network in 25 countries.

She takes the post effective Monday.

Brass spent four years at Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment, creator and co-owner of the "Idol" brand, where she was head of television, overseeing development, production and sales of 19's television properties. Before that she spent six years at FremantleMedia, where she held a number of senior posts, including COO of Fremantle North America. Most recently, she was commercial director of the CPH Group.

Bassetti said that Brass had an "outstanding track record" and has worked at the top of the international production sector. "2009 is set to be an extremely challenging year for the whole industry, which makes having people of Martha's caliber more important than ever," he said.
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