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Dutch format set for RecordTV, ProSieben

FremantleMedia’s provocatively titled Dutch format Get the F*ck Out of My House will be remade in Brazil and Germany. RecordTV and ProSieben are the first networks to license local versions of the entertainment format, which Fremantle launched at MIPCOM last year. Record’s Brazilian version will run to 22 85-minute episodes, staring on June 27. It […]

Dutch net first to taste Bake-Off companion

Dutch pubcaster NPO has become the first broadcaster outside the UK to order a remake of The Great Bake Off companion series An Extra Slice. The remake will be known as Smaakt Naar Meer and sit alongside the local version of Bake Off, Heel Holland Bakt, debuting on September 7. The format is a studio […]

CCTV has Eureka Moment with Fremantle format

China’s CCTV-1 has commissioned an 11x90mins version of Dutch format The Eureka Moment, which FremantleMedia sells internationally. FremantleMedia China is co-developing the series with CCTV Creation, which a wholly-owned production subsidiary of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Locally, The Eureka Moment will debut in June in a Sunday evening primetime slot. FremantleMedia-owned Blue Circle originally developed […]

FremantleMedia buys Dutch indie

FremantleMedia has acquire a majority stake in Dutch producer No Pictures Please, a controversial factual producer. The firm will sit alongside FremantleMedia’s other Netherlands-based producers, Blue Circle and FourOne.Media. FremantleMedia now owns 75% of the firm after the deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed. No Pictures Please, led by popular presenter and producer […]

FremantleMedia takes majority stake in MCN

FremantleMedia has upped its stake in European multichannel network Divimove to take majority control of the business. The X Factor and Idol company first took a minority stake in Divimore in late 2013, a year after Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam founded the MCN. FremantleMedia is now the firm’s majority shareholder. In […]

Ex-FremantleMedia exec Tegelaar joins Sony

Jason Tegelaar, formerly of FremantleMedia-owned prodco Blue Circle, has joined Sony Pictures Television in the Netherlands. TBI has learned Tegelaar has joined SPT as a development executive on a six-month contract. He will work closely with SPT’s VP, acquisitions, international production Lisette van Diepen and report to chief creative officer, international production Wayne Garvie. SPT […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

BBC crafts swathe of format deals for Sewing Bee

BBC Worldwide has agreed deals for local versions of its Sewing Bee format in France, Norway and Sweden. David Weiland, Worldwide’s executive VP, Western Europe, told TBI about the deals from the ongoing BBC Showcase event in Liverpool. The fact-ent format, which was created by Bake Off producer Love Productions, has also been optioned Italy, […]

FremantleMedia refocuses Netherlands production effort

FremantleMedia is splitting its production operation in the Netherlands into distinct units covering drama and, separately, entertainment. Drama efforts will be channelled through local prodco FourOne.Media with Willem Zijlstra at the helm. Another local prodco banner, Blue Circle, will handle entertainment and format production. It will be run by Georgette Schlick, the former CEO of […]