Craig Cegielski


Cegielski departs FremantleMedia North America co-CEO role

Craig Cegielski is leaving FremantleMedia North America, where he has been co-CEO for three years. His co-CEO Jennifer Mullin, will take over as the company’s sole chief executive. Commenting on his departure, FM CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said FMNA was “in brilliant shape”. “Our unscripted output continues to enjoy outstanding success, strengthened further by the return next season […]

Segal exiting CEO post at Fremantle prodco

Philip Segal is to leave FremantleMedia North America-owned Original Productions this spring. Segal will exit his CEO post at the end of his current contract, with Original COO and executive VP of business affairs Ernie Avila and EVP of development and programming Sarah Whalen taking over in the interim. Original sits alongside unscripted prodcos such […]

Fremantle buys Random House Studio

FremantleMedia’s US division has bought Random House Studio, formerly the TV and film unit of publisher Penguin Random House. Fremantle has simultaneusly inked a deal with China’s Meridian Entertainment, which will see the latter work up the Random House Studio theatrical slate. Fremantle, meanwhile, will oversee all TV properties coming out of the unit, which […]

Starz takes Gaiman’s Gods to series

US cable channel Starz has taken Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy drama American Gods to series. The FremantleMedia North America-produced series is based on Gaiman’s cult 2001 comic about the roots of a war between Earth’s traditional mythical gods and a new group of deities that reflect a society of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. […]

Exec pair replacing Beers at FremantleMedia

Craig Cegielski and Jennifer Mullin have been named co-CEOs of FremantleMedia North America to replace current incumbent Thom Beers (pictured left). Cegielski (right) is currently executive VP, scripted programming and Mullin (below, left) EVP of current programming. They will step up when Beers exits upon the end of his contract this summer, both reporting to […]

Year in Review, part three: 2015

This week, executives from across the board have revealed the moments that defined the industry for the industry and their companies. In the final part of TBI’s Year in Review special, top names predict the big news we’ll be bringing to you throughout 2015.   OTT players acquiring production companies or even one of the […]

Starz, FremantleMedia work up American Gods

Starz is working with FremantleMedia North America to adapt Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy novel American Gods for television. US premium cable channel Starz has tapped Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) to pen the pilot script and Michael Green (The River). The pair will executive produce along with author Gaiman and FMNA’s Thom Beers, Craig Cegielski […]

FremantleMedia pitching Al Pacino Napoleon drama

FremantleMedia is pitching a new drama series about Napoleon Bonaparte with Al Pacino slated to play the French emperor, TBI understands. The Man on the Rock is a miniseries project about the life of the French military leader and A-lister Pacino is being lined up to play the title role There is also a late […]

A&E puts Returned remake into development

US cable channel A&E has put a US version of French drama The Returned (Les Revenants) into development with FremantleMedia North America. The original series will be a coproduction between A+E Studios and FMNA in association with France’s Haut et Court TV and will rework the French series from Fabrice Gobert that was also produced […]

FremantleMedia confirms Cegielski, Berk appointments

FremantleMedia North America has confirmed the hire of former GK-tv and Lionsgate drama exec Craig Cegielski and Playtone’s Stefanie Berk, as TBI reported earlier this week. Cegielski becomes FMNA’s first executive VP, scripted programming and development after joining from his own company Open Circle Entertainment, while Berk will report into him as senior VP, scripted […]