Jaime Ondarza and Georgette Schlick
Fremantle announced a new European leadership team, with the creation of new CEO roles for both Northern Europe and Southern Europe. The new positions will report directly into Andrea Scrosati, Group COO and CEO Continental Europe at Fremantle, and have been created as part of the company’s global growth strategy.
The role of CEO Northern Europe sees the promotion of Fremantle’s Georgette Schlick. Based in Amsterdam, Schlick will oversee Fremantle’s businesses in The Netherlands and Belgium, including scripted label Fiction Valley, and Fremantle production territories Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Poland. The This Is Nice labels, which the firm acquired in 2021, will continue to be overseen by CEO Morten Mogensen, who will now report to Schlick.
Furthermore, Jaime Ondarza was appointed to the role of CEO Southern Europe with immediate effect, joining Fremantle from Paramount Global. Based in Rome, Ondarza will oversee Fremantle’s production businesses in France, Israel (Abot Hameiri), Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
Georgette Schlick and Jaime Ondarza will drive the strategic direction of these territories, working closely with the regional CEOs, to continue delivering exceptional programming and innovation across all genres. Founder-led drama labels in these territories – Miso Film (Denmark, Sweden, Norway), Wildside, The Apartment Pictures and Lux Vide (Italy) – report now to Christian Vesper in his recently announced new role of CEO of Global Drama.
“Through acquisitions and organic growth, Fremantle today is bigger and stronger than ever. We have carefully designed this new structure to best support our regional CEOs across Europe. Georgette and Jaime are the perfect choices to manage these key roles and future proof our rapid business expansion. I am delighted to welcome Jaime into the Fremantle family and I look forward to working with him closely, having appreciated his professional expertise and personal sophistication for many years in our previous roles. I also look forward working even more closely with Georgette. I have been incredibly impressed by her managerial and leadership skills, which make her a truly exceptional executive,” said Andrea Scrosati, Group COO and CEO Continental Europe at Fremantle.
Georgette Schlick, CEO Northern Europe at Fremantle, added: “Over the last ten years, Fremantle has given me many opportunities for personal and professional growth. I feel extremely privileged to be given the chance to grow further in this new role. I am very much looking forward working together with the Benelux, Nordic and Polish teams to achieve our ambition in being the place creatives want to call home.”
Lastly, Jaime Ondarza, CEO Southern Europe at Fremantle, commented: “I am incredibly excited to join Fremantle, a leading international content group that has always set the best standards in the industry; creating globally acclaimed formats and franchises, and great stories with an innovative and creative approach. Fremantle is the home for creative talents and I’m proud to join Andrea and the incredible Fremantle team.”