Sara Geater

Fremantle UK restructures as C4 exec enters

Richard Holloway will step down from his duties as interim CEO of FremantleMedia UK but remains atop of prodco Thames, with Channel 4 entertainment chief Liam Humphreys (pictured) taking over the unscripted side of the business. Along with his role as managing director of entertainment label Thames, Holloway (below left) has been leading FMUK’s unscripted […]

All3Media hires first literary buyer

All3Media has recruited Hannah Griffiths from publishing giant Faber and Faber for a new role, head of literary acquisitions. She will start in the new role in September and will seek out books and manuscripts that Discovery- and Liberty-owned producer and distributor All3Media can option and work up into TV projects. Her remit will span […]

All3 co-founder joins FremantleMedia UK board

All3Media co-founder David Liddiment has joined FremantleMedia as non-executive chairman of its UK arm. He will sit on the FremantleMedia UK operating board and advise interim CEO Richard Holloway, his management team and the FMUK prodcos ­– Boundless, Euston Films, Newman Street, Retort, Shotglass Media, Talkback and Thames – on UK and international issues. Liddiment, […]

All3 poaches Endemol Shine legal chief

All3Media has poached the senior legal director of rival content giant Endemol Shine Group. Donall Crehan is to become UK-based All3’s general counsel in October, having oversee the integration of the Endemol Shine Group following the merger of Endemol and Shine Group. Before that he was head of legal at Shine, having joined from media […]

Hat Trick’s Cohen named Pact vice chair

Hat Trick Productions’ Paul Cohen has been appointed vice chair of UK indie producers body Pact. Cohen is group commercial director at UK indie Hat Trick and takes on the new role at Pact after Laura Mansfield moved from vice chair to chair, in the wake of Sara Geater stepping down. Cohen has been a […]

Ex-FremantleMedia UK boss joins All3

Former FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater is joining another UK-based production giant, All3Media, as COO. Since leaving FremantleMedia’s British arm in 2014 after seven years, she has taken on the chairmanship of indie body PACT, and will joins Gogglebox firm All3 with immediate effect. This comes after All3’s former COO, Jane Turton, secured the CEO […]

Pact appoints Outline boss vice chair

UK producers trade body, Pact, has appointed Laura Mansfield vice chair of the Pact Council. Mansfield co-founded Outline Productions in 1999 and is the indie’s managing director. She first joined the Pact council in January 2013. The Pact council oversees the work of the trade body, signing off budgets and financial plans, and formulating the […]

Geater slams BBC, Channel 4 over indie stance

UK indie trade body Pact has slammed pubcasters the BBC and Channel 4 over the pair’s concerns about the changing face of the British production scene. Pact has published a report as part of a submission to regulator Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting Review that “seeks to correct misconceptions that consolidation within the TV production sector […]

Producers’ association PACT launching in the US

Pact, the industry association for UK producers, is setting up a new US-based body. Pact US will launch later this year and is about to recruit east and west coast execs to run the new association. The recruitment process is about to get underway, it said today. The new body will represent US producers as […]

Geater named Pact chair

Former FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater has been named chairman of British indie production body Pact. Geater left FremantleMedia at the end of May this year, with Richard Holloway stepping up to replace her in the interim. No full-time replacement has been named at FremantleMedia, but Geater will now work alongside Pact CEO John McVay […]