Burbank, CA – FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has named Craig Cegielski to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming and Development. The announcement was made today by Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America to whom Cegielski reports. Stefanie Berk has also joined the company as Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming and Development, reporting to Cegielski.
Said Beers, “We’re thrilled to have these two wonderfully talented individuals join our team. Scripted programming is a huge priority for us and both Craig and Stefanie bring passion, great relationships and years of experience with them to FremantleMedia.”
Said Cegielski, “It’s incredibly exciting to be joining FremantleMedia as it takes a step forward in scripted entertainment. As the leading global independent studio, the company is perfectly positioned to maximize its resources as an international content company.” Adding, “The addition of Stefanie Berk reinforces our commitment to talent relationships and support of creative visionaries as she’s demonstrated during her tenure with Playtone.”
“After many great years at Playtone, I’m thrilled to be joining FremantleMedia and couldn’t be more excited to be working with Thom and Craig,” said Berk. Adding, “As we seek to expand upon FremantleMedia’s scripted series, I’m looking forward to working with amazing talent in a time when the television landscape couldn’t be more inspiring.”
Cegielski, whose appointment is effective immediately, joins the company from Open Circle Entertainment, an independent television company, which was founded this past January by Cegielski and partner Susan Gross. Open Circle is currently developing two projects with BBC UK, as well as a number of other projects with high level IP and talent attached. Previously, he was President of GK-tv, a division of Graham King’s GK Films. Recent productions included Camelot, for Starz and Continuum, for Shaw in Canada and Syfy in the US and UK.
Prior to that, Cegielski was Executive Vice President, Programming & Sales for Lionsgate International Television. At Lionsgate, Cegielski was responsible for oversight of all international distribution and acquisitions, sales and marketing for the group’s comprehensive slate of programming, including Weeds, Mad Men and Crash.
Before joining Lionsgate, Cegielski worked for CBS/King World International specializing in local production and programming. From 1998 through 2004, Mr. Cegielski worked for Paramount Pictures in the co-production division of Paramount International Television.
Berk, who joins FMNA on June 10, comes from Playtone, where she was head of development since 2011. At Playtone, she developed and managed all TV and film projects for company partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Some of the projects she was involved in included American Idiot The Musical by Michael Mayer, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and In The Garden of Beasts.
From ’07-’11 Berk was vice president, development, where she worked on such projects as Mamma Mia, Game Change, Big Love, Where the Wild Things Are, Charlie Wilson’s War, John Adams and The Pacific. Prior to Playtone, Berk was an assistant to director Baz Luhrmann
Berk is a graduate of Columbia University, Graduate Film Division, where she received an MFA in Film Writing/Directing/Producing and University of California, Berkeley, where she received a BA in Rhetoric/Film Theory.
Currently in scripted programming, FremantleMedia North America is one of the producers of the new drama The Tomorrow People premiering this fall on The CW. In addition, the company has overall development deals with Random House, Pukeko Pictures, producer Barry Josephson and Mike Tollin Productions.