Global production giant Fremantle has appointed Andrew Linares as Director of Global Entertainment.
Based in London and reporting to Group CEO Jennifer Marin, Linares will succeed Rob Clark and will retire at the end of February after 20 years with the company.In this role, the executive will assume overall responsibility for Fremantle’s vast global entertainment production, development and acquisition team, including their hit franchises. with talent, Idol, x factor, too hot to touch, masked singer When I Can See Your Voice. Linares’ hiring comes less than two weeks after Fremantle promoted Christian Vesper to CEO of Global Drama, overseeing the company’s extensive portfolio of script production companies.
A veteran executive producer, Llinares has a long history with Fremantle.He was previously head of the UK’s Thames/Psycho co-production and first showrunner x factor When Britain’s Got Talent When first launched in the UK in 2004 and 2007 respectively. While living and working in the US since 2011, he was also the executive producer and showrunner for the US version. X Factor, Before becoming an EP and showrunner dance with the stars 2018.
“I’m very excited to take on this role in Fremantle. It feels like coming home,” Linares said. “I am not only returning to the UK, but to a company that has felt like home for a long time.I am honored to take over from Rob Clark. A man I look up to a lot and can’t wait to start working with Jen and the excellent team in Fremantle.”
Fremantle’s network of entertainment and factual entertainment labels and investments includes Eureka (Holy Morley, The Real Love Boat), label 1 (5 days a week, hospital)the Thames (Britain’s Got Talent, I Can See Your Voice, Eating with an Ex), Talkback (too hot to handle naked entertainment (grand design, rap game, apprentice), Man Alive Entertainment (Dolly Parton: Here I Am) and Full Fat TV (sailors). 2022.
The company’s entertainment division produced 456 shows in 67 territories.
“We are thrilled that Andrew has agreed to take on this very important role at Fremantle,” said Mullin. “Our global entertainment business has been and continues to be critical to our success. Andrew is a veteran producer and creative executive who has been part of our family for many years. We know the format, and most importantly, the people: Rob Clarke has been instrumental in designing our Global Entertainment division, Andrew has taken it further, and creativity and production excellence are at the heart of our company. I am confident that we are well positioned to ensure that we continue.”