Trish Kinane serves as executive producer of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and is President of Entertainment Programming for FremantleMedia North America. Previously, she was President, Worldwide Entertainment for FremantleMedia.
Kinane has overseen the global rollout of FremantleMedia’s developed and acquired non-scripted formats, working to safeguard their integrity, guarantee production quality and manage commercial and talent relationships arising from them. She previously served as executive producer and showrunner for “American Idol” and “The X Factor.”
Kinane has an extensive background in international TV production. Prior to joining FremantleMedia, she was joint managing director of Action Time, one of the U.K.’s top independent companies and international format distributors. She was instrumental in creating original formats, as well as the expansion of the company’s international operations. In 2002, she launched Ludus Entertainment, which created and produced entertainment, reality, game shows and interactive formats.
In 2008, Kinane, along with business partner Stephen Leahy, was awarded the prestigious FRAPA International Gold Format Award at MIPCOM in Cannes.
Kinane was previously a producer at Granada Television, where she produced several music programs, including “The Way They Were,” a history of punk music, presented by the legendary Tony Wilson of Factory Records. She was also Controller of Entertainment and Children’s programs at U.K. broadcaster Tyne Tees Television, where she was executive producer of “The Prince’s Trust Concert at the Royal Albert Hall,” and a broadcast from the Montreux Jazz Festival. She went on to become executive producer of the highly acclaimed and controversial Channel 4 youth program “The Word,” which was celebrated at the Edinburgh TV Festival in the U.K. for its 25th anniversary.
Kinane lives in Los Angeles.