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Fremantle taps ex-CMT exec for unscripted post

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has hired former CMT development head Jayson Dinsmore as president of alternative programming and development. Dinsmore replaces former executive vice president Toby Gorman, who exited last year to join a new A. Smith unit created in November. In his new role, Dinsmore will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development […]

Dancing and X Factor exec lands Fox job

Former BBC Worldwide and Syco programming exec Rob Wade is the new head of alternative programming at Fox. Wade becomes president, alternative entertainment and specials at the US broadcast network. He has worked on the US versions of several big international entertainment shows. He was showrunner on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and exec producer […]

Deal Round-up: Taboo attracts global networks

A number of broadcasters have acquired rights to Tom Hardy drama Taboo from US-based independent prodco Sonar Entertainment. Viasat’s TV1000 from the Russian/CIS territory bought rights to the eight part historical drama. It was also picked up by HBO in Spain, the Nordics and eastern Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America, AMC in Portugal, Digiturk in […]

UK’s truTV lands America’s Got Talent

The British version of truTV has landed the latest season of US reality competition series America’s Got Talent. The exclusive deal with distributor FremantleMedia International marks one of the biggest deals truTV has struck since launching in the UK on digital free-TV last year. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, America’s Got Talent […]

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 […]

Got Talent tops Rising Star US debut

The American Rising Star took five million overall viewers on its debut outing on ABC, but was topped by NBC’s America’s Got Talent. According to Nielsen Media Research data, the buzzy singing competition show Rising Star, which has received a huge marketing push ahead of its Stateside debut, took 1.5 million 18-49s. This compared with […]

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. […]

RTL-CBS entertainment channel to launch in Philippines

Philippines-based SKY Cable Corporation is the latest Asian platform to add the new CBS RTL Entertainment channel to its offering. The HD channel is now available à la carte and as part of the SKYcable Silver, Gold, Dual Def499 and TitaniumHD40 packages. RTL and CBS’s joint venture channel is now in four Asian markets, having […]

NBC launches new-look TV Everywhere app

US broadcast network NBC is relaunching its TV app and said the new version will be the foundation of its TV Everywhere offering. The app has been optimised for use with Apples new iOS 7 operating system. The updated version will allow viewers to watch full episodes of the broadcaster’s series on different Apple devices. […]

RTL CBS appoints Asia boss

RTL and CBS have appointed Jonas Engwall CEO of their joint venture pay channels operation in Asia. Engwall will run he JV from Singapore where as he has been based since January as senior VP, RTL Group Asia. Prior to the Singapore move, he has been in various strategy roles at Luxembourg-based broadcast group RTL. […]