Fremantle today announces the appointment of Liza Abbott to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, Unscripted, UK.
A hugely experienced business leader, Liza joins Fremantle from 7Wonder Productions – a company she co-founded in 2014 – which developed a multi-award winning slate and went on to be named as the UK’s fastest-growing non-scripted indie in The Broadcast Indie Survey of 2016.
Reporting to Liam Humphreys, CEO, UK, Liza joins the UK leadership team with strategic responsibility for commercial activity, legal and business affairs, digital and production across the UK unscripted labels – Thames, Talkback, Boundless and Shotglass.
Liam Humphreys, CEO, UK, said: “Liza has a superb track record in establishing the perfect ground conditions for creatives to thrive. I’m delighted that we have been able to attract someone of her commercial and creative calibre to join us as we continue to evolve and grow our UK business.
Liza Abbott, said: “Having long admired the creative and commercial clout of Fremantle’s UK labels I’m hugely excited to be joining Liam and the unscripted division. To be part of a team that consistently delivers such a world class slate of programming is a real privilege. I can’t wait to get started.”
Before co-founding 7Wonder, Liza held several senior positions across the broadcast and production industry, including that of Commercial Director at Maverick Television, Controller of Production at ITV Studios and Director of Production & New Business at IMG. Her experience in the unscripted world stretches across many genres – from shiny floor entertainment to newsrooms, specialist factual and lifestyle, through to pre-school.
Liza will join Fremantle in November 2018.