Hogg to helm Fremantle Australia

MGM Asia-Pac MD leaves after just nine months at post

SYDNEY -- MGM’s Asia Pacific managing director Ian Hogg is leaving his post, just nine months into the job, after being appointed CEO of production group Fremantle Media Australia, it was announced Thursday.

Hogg will be responsible for the overall management and business performance of all of FremantleMedia’s production operations in Australia. That gives him oversight of top ratings program FMA makes here including “Masterchef Australia,” “Australian Idol” and “The Biggest Loser” along with locally-developed formats like “Farmer Wants A Wife." He’s also responsible for developing unique TV programming for the Australian and international markets, and representing FremantleMedia formats in Australia.

Hogg is a former Network Ten and NZTV3 programming executive and was group general manager of local production company the Becker Group before moving to Singapore where he founded production and distribution group, Theatre Red Pte. He returned to Australia this year to take up the position with MGM. 

“Australia is a key production and development territory for FremantleMedia, and we are confident that Ian will be able to work with our local partners and our wider international network, building on our formidable creative and commercial strengths," Simon Spalding, regional CEO of Europe and Asia Pacific, FremantleMedia, said.

Hogg replaces CEO Mark Fennessy who is leaving the company in November, to helm start-up Shine Australia, alongside his brother Carl.

Hogg will based in Sydney and report to Simon Spalding, regional CEO of Europe and Asia Pacific, FremantleMedia.