FremantleMedia appoints Managing Director, Asia

FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world, today announces the promotion of Paul O’Hanlon, currently Executive Producer, Production and Development with FremantleMedia Australia (FMA), to the position of Managing Director, Asia. In his new role, he will be responsible for the business performance of FremantleMedia’s production operations in Asia, and will report to Ian Hogg, CEO Asia Pacific. O’Hanlon will be based in Singapore and will commence his new role in October.

Ian Hogg, CEO Asia Pacific, FremantleMedia, said: “FremantleMedia has a thriving business in Asia with more than 45 local formats in production this year alone. Paul will oversee the current production slate as well as driving new business, creatively and commercially, across Asia. He has an intuitive understanding of the region with extensive experience and great success in both management and production, and I look forward to working with him to further enhance FremantleMedia’s industry leading presence in this vibrant region”.

Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director, Asia, FremantleMedia, said: “I have a long held passion for the Asian television market and this new role is a unique and exciting opportunity to further FremantleMedia’s growth in the region. I’ll be focusing on the development process and our drive to create and inspire new, innovative programming in this diverse and dynamic part of the world. This role in Asia also provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with Ian, the talented team on the ground and our worldwide network on our most successful global franchises”.

O’Hanlon has extensive experience as a television executive in a diverse group of territories including Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, India and Afghanistan. Prior to joining FMA in February 2011 as Executive Producer, Production and Development, O’Hanlon was International Advisor and Programme Director with Next TV in Taiwan. He was responsible for the strategic programming development for the launch of a new television platform.

Throughout 2009, O’Hanlon worked in Kabul, Afghanistan where he managed and created new entertainment based programming content for Afghanistan’s two largest free to air television networks, as well as developing and launching Current Affairs & News programming for Afghanistan’s 2009 Election.

Prior to this, O’Hanlon had five years with Star TV as Senior Vice President of Production based in Hong Kong, responsible for managing the regional production teams, output and efficiency of Asia’s largest television network. This role saw O’Hanlon have fantastic success developing and creating programming in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai and Jakarta.

From 2000 to 2004 O’Hanlon ran his own independent production company, creating and producing content for local and international partners including Columbia TriStar International (Sony Television) and Astro Pay TV in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 [September 21, 2011]

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