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Fatima Salaria is to step down as managing director of Fremantle indie Naked after three years.

Salaria joined the company in July 2020, succeeding the label’s founder Simon Andreae when he stepped up to become chief executive of Fremantle UK.

Naked merged with sister label Boundless during her tenure, bringing big brands such as The Apprentice and Grand Designs under her watch.

Other shows launched in her time there include returners such as BBC3’s The Rap Game and Tonight with Target and docs such as Channel 5’s Brian Cox: How the Other Half Live, BBC3's Planet Sex and ITV's Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile.

Salaria, a former C4 head of specialist factual and BBC commissioning editor for religion and ethics, described her time at Naked as “the most exhilarating period of my career”.

She added: “My mission was not just to merge two companies and increase revenue but also to help foster a truly inclusive culture.”

Salaria recently appointed The Apprentice and former Gogglebox exec Paul Broadbent as Naked’s first head of entertainment, the latest in a string of signings that has included James Lessell as head of fact-ent, Cam de la Huerta as head of formats and Karen Knowles as head of production.

Salaria, who is also executive chair of the Edinburgh TV Festival, will leave this spring. Details of her next move have yet to be revealed.

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