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X Factor US, American Idol weigh on FremantleMedia results

  FremantleMedia has blamed the cancellation of X Factor US and lower revenue from American Idol for a decline in full-year sales and profit. The RTL-owned production and distribution giant posted 2014 revenue of €1.486 billion (US$1.64 billion) compared with €1.525 billion in 2013. Full-year EBIDTA profit tumbled 16.9% year-on-year, taking the total to €113 […]

Top execs exit FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America executives Lee Rierson and David Luner are exiting the business, TBI has confirmed. COO Rierson (pictured) has decided against renewing his contract, while president of brand partnerships and franchise management David Luner is joining Lionsgate as executive VP, worldwide TV marketing in January. Rierson, who joined FremantleMedia’s US and Canada arm from […]

Lower Idol revenue, digital hit FremantleMedia

FremantleMedia has seen a sharp decrease in profits, with parent group RTL blaming lower revenue from American Idol and increased investment in content and digital businesses. For the nine months to September, the production and distribution group reported EBITA profit of €54 million (US$67.3 million) compared with €77 million in the same period in 2013. […]

ITV bringing back Name That Tune

The UK’s largest commercial broadcaster ITV is piloting a new version of Name That Tune, marking the return of the classic gameshow, TBI has learned. The previous ITV incarnation of the show was last on British screens 26 years ago. The new Name That Tune is described as a refreshed and reinvigorated version of the […]

FremantleMedia cuts deal with YouTube MCN BroadbandTV

Production company FremantleMedia has tapped YouTube multichannel network (MCN) provider BroadbandTV to track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 of its shows including American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent, Baywatch and The X Factor. FremantleMedia will use BroadbandTV’s content management team and Viso Novi technology platform to manage fan-produced content. BroadbandTV operates […]

Fox set to Release the Hounds with US format deal

US broadcaster Fox is set to air a local version of horror gameshow format Release the Hounds, TBI has learned. The US Release the Hounds commission has not been officially announced by Fox, but the US network is expected to confirm it shortly. The order will be a major coup for Gogglebox Entertainment, the UK […]

US X Factor axed as Cowell returns to UK show

US broadcast network Fox has cancelled The X Factor after three seasons and the format’s creator and judge Simon Cowell is returning to the UK to shore up the original version of the talent show. Fox last week cited poor ratings for its version of the format as a key reason for its underperformance. The […]

Simon Andreae lands Darnell’s Fox role, Sony project in doubt

Fox Broadcasting has handed Simon Andreae the coveted role at the top of its alternative programming unit following the departure of long time incumbent Mike Darnell. The move brings to an end Fox’s long search for a replacement for Darnell, who left earlier this year after nearly two decades with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster. […]

Hindle restructures FremantleMedia’s digital operation

FremantleMedia has restructured its digital operations, putting several of its execs in senior positions. The RTL-owned producer and distributor implemented a wide-ranging restructure earlier this year, part of which was creating a Digital and Branded Entertainment arm. Keith Hindle (above), who was previously CEO of the Americas for the company’s now defunct licensing and distribution […]

News brief: Luner lands new FremantleMedia role

FremantleMedia North America has promoted its executive VP of digital and licensing to a new role overseeing the firm’s ancillary businesses. David Luner is now executive VP, brand partnerships and franchise management, reporting into FMNA CEO Thom Beers. Luner’s new role will have him overseeing digital, integrated marketing and brand partnerships, licensing, live events, and […]