FremantleMedia has promoted Rob Siegel to the post of global head of mergers and acquisitions and corporate development for FremantleMedia Group, as Caroline Murphy, the director of strategy and M&A, leaves the company this summer to pursue other opportunities.
In his new role, which takes effect immediately, Siegel will report to Sangeeta Desai, FremantleMedia’s COO and CEO of emerging markets. Siegel, who was most recently the company’s director of mergers & acquisitions, joined the business in 2013 when it began a wave of M&A activity to further its strategic goals.
In the past two years, FremantleMedia has invested in scripted companies such as Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It TV, France’s Kwai (Kim Kong) and Dancing Ledge (Paradise Lost). It has also invested in entertainment and factual labels, including Naked Entertainment (100% Hotter), Eureka (The Chefs’ Line) and Full Fat TV (Joe Wicks). FremantleMedia also acquired international production companies such as Italy’s Wildside (The Young Pope) and Israel’s Abot Hameiri (Hear Me Love Me See Me).