global production giant fremantle Andrew Llinares has been appointed as Global Director of Entertainment.
Llinares will be based in London and report to group chief executive Jennifer Mullin, succeeding Rob Clark, who will retire at the end of February after 20 years with the company.The role gives the executive overall responsibility for Fremantle’s vast global entertainment production, development and acquisitions team, working with them to build hit franchises including talented, Idol, X factor, too hot to handle, masked singer and I can see your voice. Linares’ hire comes less than two weeks after Fremantle promoted Christian Vesper to chief executive of global theater companies to oversee the firm’s broad portfolio of script production companies up.
A seasoned executive producer, Linares has a long history with Freemantle.He was previously Head of UK Thames/Syco co-production and was X factor and Britain’s Got Talent They were first launched in the UK in 2004 and 2007 respectively. Since 2011, while living and working in the United States, he also served as executive producer and producer of the American version. X-factor, Before becoming EP and showrunner dancing with the stars 2018.
“I’m delighted to be in this role in Freemantle, it feels like coming home,” Linares said. “I’m not just coming back to the UK, but to a family that has felt like home for a long time. I am honored to succeed Rob Clark; someone I enjoy working with and greatly admire. I cannot wait to start working with Jen and the fantastic team in Freemantle.”
Freemantle’s Entertainment and Fact Entertainment label and investment network includes Eureka (Holey Moley, True Love Boat), label 1 (Five appointments per week, hospital)Thames (Britain’s Got Talent, I Can See Your Voice, Dining With My Ex), talk back (Too hot to handle, never mind the buzz, QI) Nude entertainment (big design, rap game, apprentice), Man Alive Entertainment (dolly parton: here i am) and Full Fat TV (crew). 2022.
Its entertainment division produced 456 shows in 67 territories.
“I am delighted that Andrew has agreed to take on this extremely important role in Freemantle,” Mullin said. “Our global entertainment business has been and will always be critical to our success. Andrew is an experienced producer and creative executive who has been with our family for many years; he understands our business, our model and most importantly Best of all, he knows our people. Rob Clark was instrumental in designing our global entertainment division and I am confident Andrew is well prepared to build on that to ensure creative and production excellence remains at the heart of our company .”