Abot Hameiri

Fremantle takes full control of Israeli ‘Shtisel’ prodco Abot Hameiri

European production giant Fremantle has taken full ownership of Israeli prodco Abot Hameiri. Founded in 2006 and headed by Eitan Abot and Guy Hameiri, the Tel Aviv-based outfit is behind programmes across scripted, entertainment and reality. Fremantle had acquired a 51% stake of the company in 2016 and has now increased that to 100% to […]

Fremantle takes Israeli dating format to global market

UK-based production and distribution firm Fremantle is bringing a new dating format to the global market, created by its Israeli label Abot Hameiri and local broadcaster Reshet. Find Me Somebody To Love has already premiered on Reshet 13 in Israel and was the highest rated show of the week for the channel. The format sees […]

TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

Production hub for show at centre of IP battle

The producers of The Best of All gameshow are setting up a European production hub for the show. The news comes as Israeli free-TV broadcaster Reshet orders a second season of the shiny-floor show. The format is at the centre of an ongoing format dispute between its producer, FremantleMedia-owned Abot Hameiri, and Banijay Group, which […]

Banijay to counter claim in formats dispute

Banijay has issued a strongly-worded rebuttal to Abot Hameiri’s copyright infringement claim, and said it plans to counterclaim against the FremantleMedia-backed Israeli prodco. Banijay said it was “surprised and offended” by Abot Hameiri’s allegations, and, based upon the £40,000 (US$50,000) being sought, questioned whether the case is a “nothing more than a nuisance claim”. Production […]

Fremantle prodco details claim against Banijay

FremantleMedia-backed Israeli prodco Abot Hameiri is claiming an initial £42,528 (US$52,700) from Banijay Group in the formats dispute between the pair. The sum, revealed in the official legal documents, is what Tel Aviv-based Abot Hameiri estimates to be the net profit from the sale of the All Against 1 format to Danish pubcaster DR, plus […]

RTL sets up German Power Couple

German free TV powerhouse RTL has ordered a local version of the Israeli-originated format Power Couple. The reality show, which will be called Das Sommerhaus der Stars – Kampf der Promipaare in Germany, will launch on RTL in a primetime slot next month. The show will run to four 90-minute episodes. The format has celebrity […]

FremantleMedia buys Israeli prodco

FremantleMedia has continued its spending spree by acquiring a majority stake in Israeli formats producer Abot Hameiri. FremantleMedia has moved to buy 51% of the firm for an undisclosed amount, which means it will sell Hameiri’s programming internationally going forwards. Hameiri co-founders Eitan and Guy Hameiri established their company in 2006, and have gone on […]