Global TV production house FremantleMedia has promoted Australian chief executive Ian Hogg to lead its Asia Pacific operations.
Hogg, who will remain based in Sydney, is now responsible for the overall management and business performance of the company's Asian and Australian production operations. FremantleMedia’s Asian operations were previously managed by Patrick Schult.
FremantleMedia'a Asian offices include Singapore. Tokyo, Mumbai, Jakarta and Beijing, where it produces local versions of its international hit shows. Its global brands include Got Talent, Idols and X-Factor.
"I have a deep affinity for the Asian region and the rich cultural diversity of its people and the territories within it," Hogg said in a statement. "It is an incredibly dynamic part of the world with a very strong appetite for innovative television programming and I am very excited to be re-engaging with it.”
Hogg began his career at Network TEN in Brisbane in 1984 in programming and after four years moved to TEN Sydney as assistant program manager. In 1990, he relocated to New Zealand to become director of programming at TV3.
In 1993, he returned to Sydney to join independent production company RA Becker as head of television and in 1996 was appointed to the board.
In 2001, Hogg was appointed chief executive of Singapore sports marketing and rights management company World Sport Television.
In 2003, he founded Theatre Red which became a leading television production, distribution and internet company in Asia. After selling the business, Hogg returned to Australia in 2008, where he consulted to the Prime Media Group across its television and online assets, as well as acting managing director, Asia Pacific, MGM Worldwide Television.
He has led FremantleMedia Australia since September 2009.