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FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA APPOINTS EXECUTIVE TEAM FOR BUZZR AS CHANNEL RAMPS UP FOR JUNE LAUNCH

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced the appointment of its executive team to lead the charge surrounding the launch and ongoing growth of BUZZR.  Joining FMNA’s CEO, Thom Beers and the channel’s EVP and GM, Ron Garfield, are Mark Deetjen as VP, Programming, Jaime Klein as VP, Creative Services, Kiesha McCorry as VP, Marketing and Marissa Mongiello as VP, Traffic.

“BUZZR is FMNA’s first entry into the channel space. It was paramount that we put the right team in place to launch the destination for fun and play through some of the most iconic game shows of our time,” said Ron Garfield, Executive Vice President and General Manager, BUZZR.  “The team we’ve assembled has the combined channel experience, market penetration expertise and love, passion and respect for our content needed to create a highly successful launch for BUZZR and a sustaining entertainment brand.”

Mark Deetjen, Vice President of Programming and Operations for BUZZR, was previously serving as the Vice President of Programming for Sony Pictures Television where he oversaw the launch of three of the company’s TV networks, along with their corresponding VOD services.  Deetjen also held executive positions at Viva Vision, Amp’d Mobile and Fountain Productions. 

Jaime Klein is joining the team as Vice President of Creative Services for BUZZR and FremantleMedia North America.  Klein comes to FMNA from GSN where he served as the Vice President of On-Air Promotion.  In this role, he produced short-form programming, promotional spots, and digital content for the network.  Previously, he also served as the Vice President of On-Air Promotion for E! Network. 

Kiesha McCorry, Vice President of Marketing for BUZZR, comes to FMNA from Lionsgate Television where she served as a Vice President of Domestic TV Marketing.  While there, she was responsible for the PR, marketing and merchandising surrounding hit shows such as Mad Men, Orange Is The New Black, Nashville and Nurse Jackie.  Previously, McCorry also held prominent marketing, sales and distribution positions at FEARnet, NFL Enterprises, Comcast, and Lifetime Television, as well as publicity at Miramax Films. 

Rounding out the BUZZR executive team is Marissa Mongiello as Vice President of Traffic.  Mongiello has joined BUZZR from NBCUniversal where she served as the Traffic Director for E! and Style Networks. While there, she oversaw the day-to-day network operations while working with sales, pricing and planning, programming and marketing to ensure the networks were as profitable as possible and exceeded projected goals.  During her tenure, she was the strategic and tactical lead through two network migrations to new traffic systems.  Mongiello has also held prior positions at G4 Network, Youthstream Media and Robert A Becker, Inc

 Set to launch on June 1, 2015 in all 17 FOX O&O markets, BUZZR will tap into the company’s vast portfolio of more than 40,000 episodes of game shows, including some of the most celebrated titles of yesterday and today, such as Family Feud, Let’s Make A Deal, To Tell The Truth, Password, Match Game, Beat the Clock, What’s My Line, Blockbusters and Card Sharks.  Debmar-Mercury brokered the BUZZR and FOX Television Stations deal on behalf of FMNA, and continues to lead the distribution efforts to expand the network’s footprint.

About FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business.  As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV  brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 28 countries, creating over 8500 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Original Productions and 495 Productions, produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including American Idol (FOX), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Party Down South (CMT), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), The Returned (A&E) and Celebrity Name Game (SYN), among others. 

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