Fremantle today announces they have appointed Andrew Llinares as Director of Global Entertainment. Based in London and reporting to Group CEO Jennifer Mullin, Andrew will assume overall responsibility for Fremantle’s global entertainment production, development, and acquisitions teams, effective immediately. He takes over from Rob Clark, who retires at the end of February after 20 years with the company. He will also join Fremantle’s global leadership team.
A seasoned executive producer, Andrew has a long history with Fremantle. He was previously head of Thames/Syco co-productions in the UK and was the original showrunner on "The X Factor" and "Britain’s Got Talent" when they first launched in the UK in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Since 2011, while living and working in the US, he was also an EP and showrunner for the US version of "The X Factor" before becoming EP and showrunner on "Dancing With The Stars" in 2018.
Jennifer Mullin, Group CEO, Fremantle: “I am thrilled that Andrew has agreed to take on this hugely important role within Fremantle. Our Global Entertainment business has been, and always will be, crucial to our success. Andrew is a seasoned producer and a creative executive that has been within our family for many years; he knows our business, our formats, and most importantly our people. Rob Clark has been instrumental in designing our Global Entertainment division and I believe Andrew is well poised to build on that, ensuring that creative and production excellence remain at the heart of our company.”
Fremantle’s entertainment division also has an impressive acquisitions slate, which has seen shows including "DNA Singer," "I Can See Your Voice," "The Masked Singer," and "The Masked Dancer" be added to Fremantle’s catalogue. In 2022, Fremantle’s entertainment division produced 456 shows across 67 territories. Andrew Llinares added: “I am so excited to be taking on this role at Fremantle; it feels like coming home to me. Not only am I returning to the UK, but I am also coming back to a company that has felt like home for a long, long time. I am honored to be taking over from Rob Clark, someone I have loved working with and greatly admire. I cannot wait to get started and work with Jen and the brilliant team at Fremantle.”
Fremantle’s entertainment catalog of shows is one of the biggest in the world, containing global hit franchises including "Got Talent," "Idol," "The X Factor," "Farmer Wants a Wife," "The Price is Right," and "Family Feud." In recent years, Fremantle has launched successful new formats, including "Too Hot To Handle" (from Fremantle labels Thames and Talkback) for Netflix, which was hailed by the platform as their “biggest competition show ever” and reached its 4th season in 2022. It also has been adapted into local versions in Brazil and Spain, soon to be followed by Poland and Germany.