FremantleMedia just announced to staff this morning that CEO of FremantleMedia International, David Ellender, has decided to leave the company. Ellender joined the TV giant 12 years ago and has been global CEO of the group’s commercial arm for the past six. Of his departure to “pursue new challenges,” Fremantle CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said, “David played a significant role in shaping and growing FremantleMedia into one of the world’s leading independent media companies. We would like to thank him for his vision, leadership and the huge contribution he has made to the company. We wish him continued success in all his future endeavours.” A new head of FremantleMedia International will be announced “in due course.”