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FremantleMedia North America names Toby Gorman exec VP alternative programming

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Toby GormanFremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America, one of the production companies behind "The X Factor" U.S., has announced that it has named Toby Gorman executive VP of alternative programming, effective mid-April 2014. FremantleMedia North America made the announcement on Jan. 21, 2014.

Gorman, will remain based in Los Angeles, and he will report to FremantleMedia North America chairman/CEO Thom Beers.

According to a FremantleMedia North America press release, Gorman will be responsible for developing formats for reality competition and game shows for broadcast and major cable networks, as well as syndication-focused unscripted television programming.

Gorman most recently served as co-executive producer and show runner on NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” and “The Winner Is.” In addition, he served as executive producer and show runner on the NBC pilot “Surprise Surprise,” as well as the Fox series “Mobbed.”

Gorman and FremantleMedia have a long history together — for FremantleMedia North America, Gorman served as executive producer and show runner for dating pilot “Take Me Out” for ABC, executive producer of NBC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” and as supervising producer for Fox's “American Idol” (Seasons 8 and 9), earning two shared Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Competition Program.

Previously, Gorman was series producer and show runner for FremantleMedia in his native U.K. for “All Star Family Fortunes” (ITV1) & “Grease Is the Word” (ITV1). Gorman also served as show runner for “Britain’s Missing Top Model” (BBC3) and “The Smith’s Hotels for Two” (Discovery International), as well as series editor and show runner for “The Race” (Sky One) and producer of “I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!” (ITV1) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (ITV1).

Gorman commented in a press release: “Developing and producing shows as a freelancer for FremantleMedia over the last seven years has been the highlight of my career. To be officially joining the company in this new capacity is incredibly exciting for me and I can’t wait to get started come mid-April.”

Beers added, “FremantleMedia aims to continue to build on its strong presence in reality, game show and other unscripted television, and Toby has earned a wonderful reputation as a terrific series producer and show runner. With his diverse experience, and an attuned eye for the international market, he will be a substantial new member of our team."

Syco Entertainment, which is co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the other production companies behind "The X Factor" U.S., which is televised in the U.S. on Fox

Fox is expected to officially announce in May 2014 if "The X Factor" U.S. has been renewed for a fourth season or cancelled.

As previously reported, Fox has also recently made major changes behind the scenes in its alternative entertainment department, which handles Fox reality shows such "The X Factor," "American Idol" and Gordon Ramsay's programs. Fox has appointed Lisa Levenson senior VP of alternative entertainment, while Alex Piper has been named VP of alternative entertainment. In addition, Amy Cohen, who been with Fox's unscripted team since 2005, has been promoted to executive director of alternative entertainment.

Feb. 4, 2014 update: FremantleMedia North America has appointed former BBC Entertainment executive/producer Sean Hancock as VP of alternative programming, effective April 28, 2014. Hanock, who will report to Gorman, will be responsible for development and production of reality competitions, game shows and other unscripted television programming.