Cecile Frot-Coutaz


Fremantle UK restructures as C4 exec enters

Richard Holloway will step down from his duties as interim CEO of FremantleMedia UK but remains atop of prodco Thames, with Channel 4 entertainment chief Liam Humphreys (pictured) taking over the unscripted side of the business. Along with his role as managing director of entertainment label Thames, Holloway (below left) has been leading FMUK’s unscripted […]

FremantleMedia backs new drama producer

FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in Dancing Ledge, a new scripted indie. Feelgood Fiction founder and creative director Laurence Bowen has created Dancing Ledge, which will be based in Notting Hill, London. The company launches with a development deal in place with popular actor Martin Freeman (Lord of the Rings, Fargo), and will add […]

Fremantle buys into Top Gear alum’s new prodco

FremantleMedia has made another indie investment, this time backing Wild Blue Media, a start up from former Top Gear exec Gary Hunter. Hunter is credited with the relaunch of Top Gear for the BBC in 2002, after which it went on to become one of the most successful factual shows and formats in the world. […]

Fremantle poaches CFO from BBC Worldwide

FremantleMedia has hired Andrew Bott as its new CFO, with the new-recruit joining from BBC Worldwide. Bott is still serving as CFO of Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, ahead of joining FremantleMedia in 2016. Prior to his CFO role at Worldwide, he was across finance at the company’s US operations. Before […]

Drama, Italian style

Italy has emerged from the doldrums to become a leading European drama producer in recent years, largely down to investment from the pay TV sector. New developments look set to take things a step further, reports Jesse Whittock. The idea that Italy would give birth what is set to be one of the biggest international […]

All3 co-founder joins FremantleMedia UK board

All3Media co-founder David Liddiment has joined FremantleMedia as non-executive chairman of its UK arm. He will sit on the FremantleMedia UK operating board and advise interim CEO Richard Holloway, his management team and the FMUK prodcos ­– Boundless, Euston Films, Newman Street, Retort, Shotglass Media, Talkback and Thames – on UK and international issues. Liddiment, […]

Hofmann set as long-term UFA chief

Nico Hofmann has been named co-CEO of FremantleMedia’s German production business, UFA Group, as part of a longer-term strategy that will see him become sole chief. Hofmann will run Deutschland 83 producer UFA along with Wolf Bauer until September 2017, with Bauer stepping back to focus on producing at that point. The pair will have […]

FremantleMedia buys Young Pope prodco

FremantleMedia has paid an undisclosed amount for a 62.5% stake in Italian drama house Wildside. The prodco is currently producing the upcoming Sky and HBO drama The Young Pope, the first picture of which was released yesterday (see above). UK-headquartered FremantleMedia has the option to buy the rest of Wildside, which produces television and feature […]

Exec pair replacing Beers at FremantleMedia

Craig Cegielski and Jennifer Mullin have been named co-CEOs of FremantleMedia North America to replace current incumbent Thom Beers (pictured left). Cegielski (right) is currently executive VP, scripted programming and Mullin (below, left) EVP of current programming. They will step up when Beers exits upon the end of his contract this summer, both reporting to […]

FremantleMedia, SMG team for China formats

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia has joined forces with Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV and China Media Capital to create a new China-based division that will make entertainment formats for the local market. The new division will be based in Shanghai and develop original content for the Chinese market. FremantleMedia will sell the resulting formats internationally. FremantleMedia […]