David Ellender has been named managing director of Fremantle International Distribution, which distributes programming throughout the world. He comes to Fremantle from Universal Studios Television Distribution, where he was also managing director.

At his new post, Ellender will be accountable for managing and developing all aspects of the company, including the continued widespread distribution of its catalogue. He will also help guide FID through the distribution of non-English language programming, a new feature of the company.