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Patricia Kinane receives Officer of the OBE in the King's New Year Honours List

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Patricia “Trish” Kinane, Former President of Entertainment Programs at Fremantle Media North America, received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Broadcasting and the International Television Format Industry in the 2023 King's New Year Honours List. Ms. Kinane was selected to the Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) in 2020, which proudly recognizes her recent achievement.

“Congratulations to Trish on this exceptional award! Her extensive background in international television production, unwavering commitment to quality and integrity of programming, and leadership have led to her receiving such a high honor,” said Larraine Segil, Chair and CEO of EWA. “Seeing one of our members get recognized for their outstanding achievements gives us reason to celebrate and acknowledge our powerful network of women,” added Segil.

“It is a great privilege to receive this award. It’s testimony to some wonderful teams I have worked with over the years and, most recently, the invaluable input of the accomplished and supportive women of EWA,” said Ms. Kinane.

Patricia Kinane, recipient of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2023 King's New Year Honours List

Among her many successes, in 2008 Ms. Kinane received the prestigious FRAPA International GoldFormat Award at MIPCOM in Cannes. Additionally, she has served in many roles during her robust career, including Producer at Granada Television U.K., Controller of Entertainment and Children’s programs at U.K. broadcaster Tyne Tees Television, and Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed and controversial Channel 4 youth program “The Word,” which was recently celebrated at the Edinburgh TV Festival. In 2002, she and her business partner launched Ludus Entertainment, which created and produced entertainment, reality, game shows, and interactive formats. In 2012 she moved to the U.S. where she was Executive Producer of America’s Got Talent and Showrunner and, Executive Producer of American Idol.


The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) is an invitation only peer mentorship organization where high-potential, high-level Exceptional Women from across multiple industries are hand-selected and invested in, to grow, learn, share, and succeed. In addition to the achievement of significant success, the criteria for acceptance include character traits that are defining of the EWA Culture – Kindness, the Spirit of Generosity, Transparency, Gratitude and Willingness to Share their Networks. The Foundation is a powerhouse of peer-to-peer mentoring that provides guidance, deep connection, and leadership, propelling each woman to sustainable success - one woman at a time. The year-long program enables each member to be connected as alumnae for life in the ever-expanding EWA global network, as their fellow women leaders continue to move into positions of significance. Like us on Facebook.


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