Georgia Brown has risen to an executive VP post at global producer-distributor FremantleMedia.
She has been promoted to EVP, global scripted and factual content, having previously been SVP, scripted.
In the new post, she will oversee acquisitions for FremantleMedia’s global arm, FremantleMedia International, and provide a link between FMI and in-house production teams.
Separately, FremantleMedia told TBI today that FremantleMedia’s director of global drama, Sarah Doole, has been promoted to the company’s operating board. “It’s not a change in remit but reflects the importance of scripted to the business,” the spokeswoman said.
Brown (pictured), meanwhile, will work closely with president Jens Richter and oversee third-party content acquisition teams.
She will also work with in-house producers on coproduction and co-financing agreements, and will also work with FremantleMedia’s M&A executives on potential acquisitions.
FremantleMedia has been very active in the M&A market over recent montha, taking majority and minority stakes in a number of international producers.
She will report to both Richter and FremantleMedia’s COO and CEO of emerging markets, Sangeeta Desai, who said: “Georgia’s industry knowledge and expertise of funding and international co-financing together with her strong track record in deal making will be instrumental.”
Brown joined FremantleMedia last year from Shine Group, where she had been SVP of acquisitions. She was replaced at the merged Endemol Shine Group by former Ingenious Media exec Simon Cox.
“Georgia’s talent and passion for content together with her fantastic relationships with the best writing and production talent in the industry makes her the perfect person to lead our acquisition and development business with our brilliant teams in the US and the UK,” said Richter.
Before Shine, Brown was an acquisitions executive at BBC Worldwide, where she worked with drama chief Doole.
“Our ambition is to make FremantleMedia the first port of call for any creatives wanting to showcase their work to audiences all over the world, and to recognise our talented in-house teams and the very best third party producers by creating tailored commercial deals that generate the best possible returns for their content,” said Brown.