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Thom Beers

CEO

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA)

Thom Beers was named CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) on September 1, 2012. As CEO, Beers is responsible for the company's overall management and business performance and oversees the development, production and business operations of over 600 hours of network, cable and syndicated programming. These programs include American Idol (FOX), The X Factor (FOX), America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), The Price is Right (CBS), Let's Make a Deal (CBS) Total Blackout (Syfy) and Wedding Band. (TBS).

Prior to joining FMNA, Beers was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. He was the driving force behind the Primetime Emmy® and Producer's Guild of America Award-winning Deadliest Catch. His top rated signature series included Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Monster Garage, Black Gold, Storage Wars and Coal. Since founding Original Productions in 1997, Beers' catalogue of more than 40 series is firmly entrenched across cable powerhouses History, Discovery, Spike TV, The National Geographic Channel, truTV and A&E.

Beers' signature show was the mega hit series Deadliest Catch, now in its eighth season. Deadliest Catch is Discovery's highest-rated series and has been honored with eight Primetime Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Reality Program in 2011.

Beers' passion for honoring every day heroes and his gift for telling their stories firmly established his non-fiction brand, Original Productions, as television’s number one creator of unscripted reality programming.

Thom Beers believes viewers are tired of customary reality programming fare. "Audiences are asking for something that's real. They want to watch real people, having actual life experiences, facing true challenges," says Beers. "And that's what we give them. Real heroes from real life."

Speaking at: Monsters of Factual; Hunt for the Next Big Thing; Meet a Mentor: Thom Beers, FremantleMedia North America (FMNA)

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