FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators, producers and distributors of television brands in the world, today announced that Monica Galer would be stepping down as President of FremantleMedia France after seven years and will be replaced by Bruno Fallot, currently the executive producer of France’s Got Talent.
Galer joined FremantleMedia in 2002, establishing Blue Circle, FremantleMedia’s Dutch operation, then going on to become CEO of Northern and Southern Europe, before becoming President of the global media company’s French business in September 2011.
Under her leadership, FremantleMedia France has been responsible for producing market-leading entertainment programming including The Farmer Wants a Wife (L’amour est dans la pré), The Price is Right (Le Juste Prix), Idols (La Nouvelle Star), Got Talent (La France a un incroyable talent) and Going for Gold (Questions pour un champion). Galer has also significantly expanded the business’s scripted presence, acquiring majority stakes in Kwai and Fontaram, both of which, going forward, will report into a board of senior FremantleMedia executives.
Cécile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia Group’s CEO, said: “Monica is a doyenne of the European format and production industry and, while I respect her decision to stand down after a number of years at the helm, I will miss her. I am delighted that Bruno Fallot has agreed to take over the reins. He has been a highly valued and respected member of the global Fremantle family for a number of years now, and I know his passion and flair will deliver significant creative and commercial success in this hugely important market.”
Monica Galer added: “I’ve loved working with the French team and with colleagues across Fremantle on creating and producing some of the country’s most popular entertainment. FremantleMedia will always have a special place in my heart, and I wish Cécile, Bruno and the whole team great success in the future.”
Fallot, who assumes his new role on 1 March 2018, has been the producer of France’s Got Talent since 2016. From 2014-16 he was director of programmes at the television channels NRJ12 and CHERIE25, both part of the NRJ Group, the French multimedia group. Before that he was at FremantleMedia France, where he produced some of the biggest entertainment shows in France, including Total Blackout, Take Me Out (Seduis-moi si tu peux), The X Factor (as associate producer) and, internationally, Arab Idol.
Fallot commented: “I would like to thank Cécile for this wonderful opportunity and to pay tribute to Monica for her leadership. I approach this role very much as a programme maker and producer, and I can’t wait to work with people right across the creative community to make FremantleMedia France one of the most ambitious, exciting and dynamic places to work.”