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Red Arrow Exec Jens Richter Named FremantleMedia International CEO

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Red Arrow International managing director Jens Richter will join FremantleMedia International as CEO, taking up the post that was vacated in July by David Ellendery. FremantleMedia International confirmed the appointment today, after Broadcast got the jump, saying Richter will join once he completes his contract at Red Arrow, the global sales arm of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1. Richter has been with Red Arrow since 2004, when the company was known as SevenOne International. He has overseen worldwide distribution of such shows as cooking competition The Taste, Netflix’s Lilyhammer and the recent Endor-produced BBC series The Escape Artist with David Tennant. Fremantle said in a statement today, “Jens is an outstanding and dynamic executive with extensive knowledge and experience of the international distribution market and we are really excited to welcome him to the team. Jens will be joining us when he completes his contract with Red Arrow. In the meantime, our
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Red Arrow’s Jens Richter to Head FremantleMedia International

Jens Richter, the head of ProSiebenSat.1’s international production and sales operation Red Arrow, has been named the new CEO of FremantleMedia International, taking over the position left open when David Ellender exited the post earlier this year. Fremantle confirmed that Richter would be taking up the job when his current contract with Red Arrow expires. In the interim, Fmi’s regional EVPs, including Jamie Lynn, Lisa Honig and Paul Ridley, will run the group’s day-to-day business with oversight from FremantleMedia International’s COO Bob McCourt. The German-born Richter has run Red Arrow since 2004 and has been a

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Richter Leaves Red Arrow to Head FremantleMedia Intl.

London — FremantleMedia has tapped Jens Richter, managing director of Red Arrow Intl., as CEO of its distribution arm FremantleMedia Intl.

A spokesman for FremantleMedia said: “Jens is an outstanding and dynamic executive with extensive knowledge and experience of the international distribution market, and we are really excited to welcome him to the team. Jens will be joining us when he completes his contract with Red Arrow.

“In the meantime, our talented team of regional executive vice presidents, made up of Jamie Lynn, Lisa Honig and Paul Ridley, will continue to run the day-to-day sales business with oversight from FremantleMedia Intl.’s COO Bob McCourt.”

FremantleMedia, which is part of Rtl Group, operates in 22 countries, and produces more than 9,200 hours of programming a year. It also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in more than 150 countries. Its shows include “Got Talent,” “The X Factor,” “Idols,” “Hole in the Wall,” “Take Me Out,
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Fremantle restructures staffing in Asia Pacific

LONDON -- FremantleMedia has restructured its Asia Pacific personnel in an indication of the region's increasing significance, FremantleMedia Enterprises CEO David Ellender said Monday.

The distributor of such brands as "American Idol" and "Project Runway" said that Paul Ridley has been promoted to senior vp sales, Asia Pacific from his current role of vp sales. Based in FME's Sydney office, he will be responsible for television distribution across the region and report to David Ellender.

Ganesh Rajaram, currently sales director, Asia, has been elevated to the newly created position of vp sales, Asia. He will continue to be based in FME's Singapore office and, as before, report to Paul Ridley.

In FME's ancillary rights business, Jon Penn has been promoted to senior vp licensing, Asia Pacific. In this position, he will oversee the exploitation of FME brands off-screen including brand licensing, music publishing, participation TV, online, interactive, sponsorship, live events and telephony across Asia Pacific. Penn will continue to be based in Sydney and will report to David Ellender.

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