Press release

Jan 11, 2016

FremantleMedia International CEO Jens Richter takes Prime Time stage for keynote conversation

OTTAWA, January 11, 2016—The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is delighted to announce FremantleMedia International CEO, Jens Richter, will join Blue Ant Media’s CEO of Television and Digital, Raja Khanna, for the Friday morning Keynote conversation about emerging trends and opportunities for content in international markets and across multiple platforms at the 2016 edition of Prime Time in Ottawa. Prime Time in Ottawa will take place February 3 to 5 at The Westin in Ottawa.

“From programme sales of the Idol, Got Talent and X Factor franchises, to drama, lifestyle and digital, FremantleMedia International is a global industry leader that has flourished under the leadership of Jens Richter. His unique perspective on the global marketplace for all genres of content is the ideal keynote to kick off a full day of discussions focused on international opportunities for Canadian creators,” said Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA.

Richter’s experience encompasses a robust portfolio in global production, packaging, co-financing, distribution and acquisition strategies. As the Chief Executive Officer, FremantleMedia International (FMI) he oversees the global distribution of FremantleMedia’s finished programming and home entertainment catalogue while managing the sales and acquisitions teams across the US, UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia. Since taking up the role in January 2015, he has strengthened FMI’s slate with quality titles across all genres including Simply NigellaNo Offence and Soundbreaking and was instrumental in the successful global roll out of German-language Cold War drama, Deutschland ’83 and in closing an international distribution deal with Netflix for FremantleMedia North America’s first scripted title, The Returned.  Prior to his position at FMI Richter was Managing Director of Red Arrow International, which he built from the ground up and turned into an international distribution house. London-based Richter is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Prime Time’s speaker roster boasts media leaders, co-production experts, innovators in digital platforms and storytelling, international marketplace trailblazers, and specialists of brand-funded entertainment. The stellar line-up includes John Penney, Chief Strategy Officer, Starz; Kenyatta Cheese, Everybody at Once Co-Founder and Creative Director; David Asch, SVP and General Manager, Shomi; Tassie Cameron, writer and producer, Tassie Pictures Inc. and executives from Facebook, Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavour, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, You.i TV, Bell Media, Shaw Media, CBC and many more. For a complete list of speakers, please visit


The CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the television, interactive media, feature film, broadcasting and telecommunications industries.

The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.

For more information:

Kyle O’Byrne
Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)