Fatima Salaria to step down as CEO at Fremantle’s Naked

Fatima Salaria

Planet Sex producer Naked is on the lookout for a new MD after Fatima Salaria revealed she will be stepping down from the Fremantle-backed company in the spring.

Salaria has been with the producer for three years, overseeing its merger with fellow Fremantle label Boundless and working on shows such as Snowflake Mountain for Netflix, I Can See Your Voice and The Apprentice for the BBC, and Cara Delevingne-starring Planet Sex for BBC Three and Hulu in the US.

She joined in 2020 having been head of specialist factual at the UK’s Channel 4 and oversaw creative and commercial, working closely with creative director Tom O’Brien and COO Susie Dark, who subsequently left to launch her own prodco.

Salaria took over from former chief Simon Andreae, who was appointed CEO at parent company Fremantle UK, replacing Liam Humphreys.

Prior to C4, she was commissioning editor for religion and ethics at the BBC, and before that was a producer and director.

Andreae said: “It’s been wonderful to see Naked grow and expand under her leadership – she has helped set a new path for the company and she leaves with a raft of exciting new projects in the pipeline.”

Salaria, who is the executive chair at the Edinburgh TV Festival, added: “My mission was not just to merge two companies and increase revenue but also to help foster a truly inclusive culture. I couldn’t be happier with the shows we have made and the team we have built and will miss both terribly.”

Fremantle acquired a minority stake in Andreae-founded Naked in 2015 and took full control in 2020.

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