Fremantle UK chief executive Simon Andreae has stepped down from his role.
In a memo to Fremantle staff, Andreae said that he was leaving the company after eight years to “focus on my health, my family and a smaller portfolio of projects”.
Andreae was appointed CEO of Fremantle UK in 2020 after it fully acquired his production company Naked Television.
Andreae founded The Apprentice and Too Hot to Handle producer Naked in 2015, and Fremantle took a 25% stake at launch.
Andreae oversaw Fremantle’s UK labels – Thames, Talkback, Boundless, Euston Films, Hare & Tortoise, Castlefield and Naked. He also had a seat on Fremantle’s global operating board.
Andreae previously held senior management roles at Channel 4, Discovery and Fox.
In his memo to staff, Andreae said that he had “enjoyed a wonderful eight years in the Fremantle family” but that he had “had some challenges to my health along the way and this has led to me taking some time out recently. Now, after thirty straight years on the frontlines of television production, I’ve decided to step back and take some time to focus on my health, my family, and a smaller portfolio of projects.”
The news was first reported by US trade Deadline.