Shine America’s Lee Rierson Joins FremantleMedia North America as New COO

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Rierson replaces Donna Redier Linsk, who stepped down this month

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has hired Shine America's Lee Rierson as its new chief operating officer.

Rierson, who will report to chief executive officer Thom Beers, will be in charge of overseeing production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Lee bring his incredibly impressive skills to FMNA as we press forward into new areas of creative partnerships," Beers said in a statement.

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Rierson, formerly COO at Shine America, came to the company when it merged with Reveille Productions in 2006. Rierson also served as the vice president of business affairs at ABC Entertainment after joining as a program attorney in 1997.

"I am delighted to join up with Thom and the brilliant FMNA executive team," Rierson enthused. "With the talent and assets the company has in place, it is poised to build rapidly on its iconic brands using its deep domestic and international content generation and distribution capacities. I'm looking forward to working with the entire team to accelerate that process on all fronts."

Rierson replaces Donna Redier Linsk, who stepped down from the position this month.

FremantleMedia currently produces "American Idol," "The X Factor," "America’s Got Talent,” "The Price Is Right,” "Let’s Make a Deal” and "Family Feud.”