Today we announce the promotion of Jens Richter to CEO Commercial and International. Under his expanded remit, alongside overseeing our distribution business, Richter will now also take responsibility for all commercial activity, including our digital and social business and expanding FAST channels activity.
As CEO International (a role he has held since joining us in 2014) Richter oversees the global distribution of our finished programme catalogue, international content and acquisitions, and co-production strategy models.
As CEO Commercial and International, he now also takes responsibility for our digital business which creates original social content for all major platforms. Across Facebook and YouTube, Fremantle has 470 million fans across 1,500 social accounts and in 2022 achieved over 34 billion views per year across all platforms.
Working with all major platforms in multiple geographies, our FAST offering includes Buzzr as well as channels based on iconic IP including Jamie Oliver, Baywatch and American Idol. We have also recently launched genre channels Quip, Sleuth, Places and Spaces and Cook, Chop, Chat.
Richter will be based in London, reporting to Group CEO Jennifer Mullin and will sit on Fremantle’s global leadership team.
Jennifer Mullin, Group CEO, Fremantle, commented: “Jens is an outstanding and commercially savvy executive, with extensive knowledge and experience of the international market. I am delighted that he has taken on this expanded role in our business, giving us laser-focus on all commercial activity under his astute leadership.”
On his promotion, Jens Richter, CEO Commercial and International, Fremantle added: “I am delighted to be taking on this expanded role and am excited about the opportunities we can create as one central Commercial and International business unit. The digital and FAST space provides an opportunity for us to make an even bigger impact in the direct-to-consumer space, I am looking forward to the success we can build on here.”