Fremantle’s EVP of global channels & Buzzr chief Mark Deetjen dies, aged 50

Mark Deetjen, Fremantle’s EVP of global channels and one of the early architects of FAST channels, has died aged 50. Deetjen had been promoted to the role last year and oversaw Fremantle’s digital multicast network and FAST channel, Buzzr, as well as leveraging the company’s content library to expand its channels business around the world. […]

Fremantle promotes Mark Deetjen to lead FAST channels global expansion

Fremantle is looking to expand its free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) services around the world and has promoted one of it existing execs to oversee the push. Mark Deetjen becomes EVP of global channels immediately and will continue to oversee Fremantle’s current digital multicast network and FAST channel, BUZZR, while also now being charged with […]

Buzzr pressed in Canada

US gameshow network Buzzr is expanding north of the border into Canada, marking what its owner claims is the first time a multicast channel has done so. Buzzr will go out exclusively in Canada on commercial network Yes TV, which distributes to about seven million viewers, as a three-hour programing block. From tonight, the channel […]

Red Arrow backs ex-Fremantle execs’ new prodco

Production and distribution group Red Arrow Entertainment Group is backing Ripple Entertainment, a new digital prodco based in the US and founded by Gayle Gilman and Jason Ziemianski. Gilman will be CEO of the new company and Ziemanski will join her as a senior exec in the start-up. Gilman was formerly executive VP, digital content, […]

FremantleMedia staffs up, sells Cash format

FremantleMedia has staffed up its forthcoming game show channel Buzzr, while also selling new format Cash or Splash into two territories. Following the appointment of Ron Garfield as executive VP and general manager of Buzzr, the net has named Mark Deetjen as VP of programming and operations, Jamie Klein as VP of creative services, Kiesha […]