Lee Rierson

Top execs exit FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America executives Lee Rierson and David Luner are exiting the business, TBI has confirmed. COO Rierson (pictured) has decided against renewing his contract, while president of brand partnerships and franchise management David Luner is joining Lionsgate as executive VP, worldwide TV marketing in January. Rierson, who joined FremantleMedia’s US and Canada arm from […]

FremantleMedia sparks a Tiny Riot with new digital studio

The US division of FremantleMedia has created a new digital studio, Tiny Riot! FremantleMedia North America said the studio launch was spurred by the success of pet-themed YouTube channel The Pet Collective and a recent digital content deals with online fashion service StyleHaul and with hipster brand Vice. Gayle Gilman, formerly executive VP, digital content […]

FremantleMedia hires M&A expert from NBCU

FremantleMedia is gearing up for international acquisition activity with the hire of an M&A specialist from NBCUniversal. Julian Tomkins is joining the X Factor producer in a new role as director of strategy and mergers and acquisitions with immediate effect, based in London and reporting directly to FremantleMedia CEO Celine Frot-Coutaz (left). Tomkins comes across […]

FremantleMedia hires ex-Talpa production boss

FremantleMedia has followed up the hire of Lee Rierson as US COO with the appointment of a former Talpa and Endemol production executive. Diana Buddingh will become the X Factor company’s director of global entertainment on October 1. The 27-year TV veteran will be based in London, responsible for the brand management and global roll […]

FMNA appoints Shine America exec as new COO

FremantleMedia North America has appointed Shine Group’s US COO Lee Rierson to take on the same role at the American Idol producer. Rierson (left) will join FMNA on July 22, reporting to CEO Thom Beers. Under his remit falls production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning. FMNA is behind […]