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FMNA appoints Shine America exec as new COO

FremantleMedia North America has appointed Shine Group’s US COO Lee Rierson to take on the same role at the American Idol producer.

Lee RiersonRierson (left) will join FMNA on July 22, reporting to CEO Thom Beers. Under his remit falls production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning.

FMNA is behind shows such as Idol, X Factor, America’s Got Talent, The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal and Family Feud.

Rierson replaces Donna Redier Linsk, who decided to step down last month and is taking on a new temporary role as consultsnt on Idol until December.

Rierson, previously Shine America’s COO, said: “With the talent and assets the company has in place, it is poised to build rapidly on its iconic brands using its deep domestic and international content generation and distribution capacities. I’m looking forward to working with the entire team to accelerate that process on all fronts.”

Before his time at Shine America, Rierson was joint managing director of its predecessor Reveille. Before that, he was VP, business affairs, ABC Entertainment.