Magazine article Screen International

CEO of TV Outfit FremantleMedia Joins YouTube

Magazine article Screen International

CEO of TV Outfit FremantleMedia Joins YouTube

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Cecile Frot-Coutaz joins digital giant.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, the CEO of UK TV production and distribution outfit FremantleMedia, is stepping down from her post after more than two decades with the company.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz

She will remain in her position until a suitable replacement is found, at which point she will join the Google-owned YouTube as head of operations for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

During her time with the company, Frot-Coutaz grew FremantleMedia’s North American office into the largest branch of the global operation before moving to London in 2012 to serve as CEO.

She was an executive producer on hit series like American Idol and America’s Got Talent and also supervised FremantleMedia’s expansion into high-end TV drama with series such as The Young Pope and American Gods. Frot-Coutaz’s tenure also saw the company begin to embrace YouTube as a promotion platform, and it now has almost 300 YouTube channels that amassed a combined total of over 26 billion views in 2017. …

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