FremantleMedia revamps FMX

Unit moves into online storytelling and production

LONDON -- FremantleMedia is revamping its new media operation FMX as the unit transitions into online storytelling and production, the company said Thursday.

With such upcoming fare as the scripted MySpace drama "Freak" on the books, the division is shifting gears and ramping up its production capacity under the management of Talkback Thames and Fremantle executive Richard Vargas, who becomes senior vp production and development, overseeing the division's creative output.

Andrew Piller will oversee FMX's commercial activities, taking on the position of commercial director in addition to his role as vp brand management for the creative networks division.

Both will report to senior executive vp Claire Tavernier.

Emmy award-winning multiplatform producer Damien Marchi will become vp production, reporting to Vargas.

"We now have a number of great live projects in development and production in collaboration with our partners," Tavernier said. "This new team structure will allow us to drive our many cross-media developments into the next stages of production, both creatively and commercially."