London – FremantleMedia announced the appointment of Kim Ardal as the new managing director for Blu, FremantleMedia’s Danish production arm. Starting his new role on 1 April 2011, Ardal will be responsible for all development and production operations in Denmark, working closely with various divisions within the FremantleMedia group and leveraging existing relationships with both broadcast and non-broadcast partners in the Danish market. Ardal will be based in Copenhagen, reporting directly to Daniela Matei, CEO Nordics, Central Eastern Europe & Balkans, FremantleMedia. Before his appointment as MD of Blu Denmark, Kim Ardal was the vice president Nordic of Zodiak Television AB having held MD roles at subsidiaries Mastiff and Look Entertainment, which he founded in 2005. Prior to this, Ardal was head of programmes at Blu Denmark, where he served as the executive producer of a number of shows, as well as identifying and developing new programmes and rolling out key formats. Ardal has also held several roles at Metronome, including head of programmes and executive producer between 1995 and 2004.