Following the successful series of Indian Idol for Sony Entertainment Television, Gavin Wood, Head of Production Asia, FremantleMedia, will be relocated from Singapore to India to oversee the production output of the company's burgeoning business in the region.
Wood will now become Director of Production India and will report to Patrick Schult, Director of Operations, Asia. He will be responsible for the production of all shows in the region including the upcoming The Apprentice and future series of Idols.
Wood has been based in Singapore since mid-2002 and has overseen productions across Asia, including shows like Family Feud, The Price is Right, Small Talk, TXTC, Child's Play, Touch the Truck, Lyrics Board in addition to the successful roll out of Idols in four countries in just one year.
On the appointment, Schult, said, "We have great expectations for our business in India. FremantleMedia's production of Indian Idol has set a new standard for quality, locally-made programmes and with a slate of new shows in the pipeline for 2005, we felt it was an ideal opportunity to establish a full-fledged production operations in this territory. With over 20 years experience in the television business, Gavin Wood's expertise will be invaluable to our operations in India."
Wood added, "This is an exciting time to be involved in the Indian television sector. The country already has a well-established production base and many skilled producers - Bollywood's annual output and local and international achievements are evidence of this. The Indian broadcast networks are attracted to winning formats such as Idols, The Apprentice and The X Factor. Once localised, networks in India are now beginning to enjoy huge success with these formats. Now there is a real opportunity to establish FremantleMedia as a leading producer in this market."