FremantleMedia has appointed Rick Glankler as executive vice president and general manager of its Kids & Family Entertainment division.
In his new role, Glankler will take responsibility for all areas of FremantleMedia’s KFE business including production, consumer products, TV sales and brand management. He will oversee all creative and commercial aspects of the business and continue to grow FremantleMedia's portfolio of brands.
“Rick is one of the most respected professionals in the entertainment and toy industries,” says Sangeeta Desai, chief operating officer, FremantleMedia, to whom Glankler will report. “He is a great all-rounder, with an impressive track 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, executive vice president creative and production; Carl Lumbard, head of global licensing and consumer products; Joss Duffield, vice president of distribution and sales; and Tessa Moore, vice president of brand management, will continue to lead in their respective business areas, reporting in to Glankler.
Glankler’s appointment follows the news last week that the division’s current president Sander Schwartz is leaving the company.
For more on Schwartz’s departure, click here.
Glankler joins FremantleMedia KFE from Mattel/Fisher Price where he helped lead the integration and global brand management of HIT Brand’s properties within the Fisher-Price division.
As senior vice president at HIT Entertainment, Glankler’s helped to build some of the most successful kids’ global franchises including Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina and Mike the Knight.
Glankler began his career in consumer-packaged goods with companies such as PepsiCo, Kraft and J. Walter Thompson, before entering the world of kids’ entertainment.
“FremantleMedia is one of the most exciting new players in the kids’ space, with fantastic existing content and exciting future plans,” says Glankler. “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.”