Fremantle has unveiled a new European leadership team, with the creation of CEO roles for both Northern Europe and Southern Europe.
Jaime Ondarza joins Fremantle as CEO of Southern Europe, while Fremantle’s Georgette Schlick has been promoted to CEO Northern Europe.
Ondarza joins from Paramount Global where he was most recently EVP Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa and head of streaming Southern EMEA and Latin America.
Schlick was previously CEO of Fremantle Netherlands and Belgium, a role which she has held since 2014.
The new positions will report directly into Andrea Scrosati, Fremantle Group COO and CEO Continental Europe and have been created as part of the company’s global growth strategy. The RTL-owned production and distribution giant has been on an acquisition spree in recent years, and is aiming to achieve full-year revenues of €3 billion by 2025.
Based in Amsterdam, Schlick will oversee Fremantle’s businesses in The Netherlands and Belgium, including scripted label Fiction Valley, and Fremantle production territories Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Poland. The This Is Nice labels, which Fremantle acquired in 2021, will continue to be overseen by CEO Morten Mogensen, who will now report to Schlick.
Based in Rome, Ondarza will oversee Fremantle’s production businesses in France, Israel (Abot Hameiri), Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
Founder-led drama labels in both Northern and Southern Europe - Miso Film (Denmark, Sweden, Norway), Wildside, The Apartment Pictures and Lux Vide (Italy) - report to Christian Vesper in his recently announced new role of CEO of global drama.
Scrosati said: “We have carefully designed this new structure to best support our regional CEOs across Europe. Georgette and Jaime are the perfect choices to manage these key roles and future proof our rapid business expansion.”
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