FremantleMedia has appointed licensing industry veteran, Rick Glankler as EVP and general manager of kids and family entertainment.
Based in New York, Glankler will take responsibility for all areas of FremantleMedia’s KFE business with the overall responsibility of growing the firm’s portfolio of brands into global franchises.
Glankler began his career in consumer packaged goods with the likes of PepsiCo, Kraft and J Walter Thompson, before entering the world of kids’ entertainment.
He held the previous role of vice president at Hit Entertainment, helping build the global reach franchises including Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina and Mike the Knight.
Glankler said: "FremantleMedia is one of the most exciting new players in the kids’ space, with fantastic existing content and exciting future plans.
"I’m very much looking forward to working with the team to continue to create relevant and meaningful franchises that kids and families will engage with across all media platforms."
Sangeeta Desai, chief operating officer, FremantleMedia, added: "Rick is one of the most respected professionals in the entertainment and toy industries.
"He is a great all rounder with an impressive tracy record in brand management, sales, licensing and product development, and has worked on some of the most sought after properties in this space.
"He will play a major role in taking our impressive slate to the next level."
Under the new structure, Bob Higgins, EVP Creative and Production, Carl Lumbard, Head of Global Licensing & Consumer Products, Joss Duffield VP Distribution & Sales and Tessa Moore, VP Brand Management will continue to lead in their respective business areas, reporting directly into Glankler.