Fremantle’s Naked Television has announced that Managing Director, Fatima Salaria is to depart from the company she has led since 2020.
Salaria will leave the company in the Spring, continuing her role until then to ensure a smooth transition. Her replacement will be appointed “in due course.”
Salaria joined Naked Television from Channel 4 and was tasked with overseeing the slate of programmes including The Apprentice (BBC 1), The Rap Game (BBC Three), Snowflake Mountain (Netflix), 60 Days with… (C4) and Tonight with Target (BBC Three). During her time, she has been responsible for increasing Naked’s revenue and expanding the company’s remit into documentaries including Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile (ITV), The Killer Nanny: Did She Do It (C4), Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne (Hulu and BBC3), and How the Other Half Live with Brian Cox (Channel 5). She’s also helped build Naked’s factual entertainment slate with several new commissions underway.
Fatima Salaria says: “Naked has grown rapidly and I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved both on and off screen in what has been the most exhilarating period of my career. 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. As we have grown, I have realised the balance between the managerial side and the creative side has shifted and for me, it’s now time to equalise the two. There’s never a good time to leave what you love, and whilst this has been a tough decision, I look forward to taking some time out before moving onto my next chapter.”
Simon Andreae, CEO of Fremantle UK adds: “We’ve been incredibly lucky to have Fatima and everyone at Fremantle will miss her greatly. 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 for Naked. We all wish her the very best for the future.”
Prior to Naked, Salaria was Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 responsible for History, Science, Natural History and Arts and Adventure programming. Prior to this, she worked at the BBC as Commissioning Editor for Religion and Ethics where she acted as the principal commissioner for Who Do You Think You Are?, commissioned the BAFTA and multi-award winning, Muslims Like Us and curated the Black and British and Big British Asian Summer seasons. Fatima is currently the Executive Chair for the Edinburgh Television Festival and sits on the board of Grierson.
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