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FremantleMedia Enterprises Appoints Kids and Family Strategist for EMEA

19 November 2012 – FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) is growing their global Kids & Family Entertainment operations with the appointment of a senior strategist based in their London office. Carl Lumbard will join the company in the newly-created role of Head of Licensing Strategy & Business Development, Kids & Family Entertainment, EMEA. 

In this role, Lumbard will be responsible for the commercial development of brands within the Kids & Family Entertainment portfolio across EMEA, including identifying timescales, key licensing categories, best in practice licensees and retailers, and more. Reporting to Mark Newton EVP Licensing EMEA and Dominic Burns SVP Licensing & Entertainment EMEA, he will be the vital link between the LA-based Kids & Family Entertainment content team, led by Sander Schwartz, and the licensing, home entertainment and television distribution teams across EMEA. He will also work closely with the FME Brand Management & Marketing team led by Kate Schlomann.

Lumbard brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in international sales, marketing and licensing gained through managing globally recognised brands including The Simpsons, Family Guy, and the Ice Age franchise; and retailers including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Pimkie/Orsay Group, Auchan France and X5 Russia.

He joins FME from 20th Century Fox where he spent nearly 14 years, most recently as SVP & Managing Director Licensing and Merchandising, EMEA; before that he held senior positions at Promotional Partners Worldwide (PPW) and Warner Bros Consumer Products.

Lumbard commented, “FME’s Kids & Family Entertainment division has been really successful in a relatively short time and the portfolio of brands are perfect for long term growth across EMEA and beyond. I’m looking forward to being involved with these brands and to working with the highly regarded teams in EMEA and globally.”

With more than 15 titles in production globally FME’s kids division is one of the leading independent producers and distributors in the sector. Its growing portfolio of content spans four key genres: preschool, kids’ comedy, action/adventure and tween/teen.  Key brands include Tree Fu Tom, Wizards vs. Aliens, Monsuno, and Strange Hill High. 

Lumbard starts at FME this week.

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About FremantleMedia and FremantleMedia Enterprises
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of television entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, which is in turn 92 percent owned by the international media company Bertelsmann. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia, Ludia, and Original Productions, amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating over 9,200 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.

For more information please contact:
Belinda Thomas-Dunphy
Acting Director of Global Communications
FremantleMedia Enterprises
Tel: +44 (0) 207 691 6911
M: +44 (0) 7833 093 351