NBC reboots ‘Got Talent’ in US with ‘AGT: Fantasy League’

NBC in the US is spinning off another version of Fremantle and Syco Entertainment’s Got Talent format, this time with AGT: Fantasy League. The show is described as being similar to a fantasy sports draft, with judges choosing a roster of acts picked from 40 winners, finalists, viral stars and fan favourites from America’s Got […]

News round-up: RTL Deutschland acquires Jamie Oliver rights; SkyShowtime recruits A+E CFO; Particle6 to adapt ‘Madigan Chronicles’

RTL Deutschland acquires Jamie Oliver rights RTL Deutschland has struck a multi-year deal with Fremantle to become the exclusive German home of Jamie Oliver programming and lifestyle content. The broadcaster takes exclusive rights to the celebrity chef’s entire portfolio of shows across pay-TV, free TV, and streaming via AVOD and SVOD. Titles covered by the […]

Fremantle’s UFA hires RTL’s Sascha Schwingel to replace Nico Hofmann

Fremantle has appointed RTL Deutschland’s deputy chief content officer, Sascha Schwingel, as CEO of German production outfit UFA to replace Nico Hofmann. Schwingel will oversee Where’s Wanda division UFA Fiction and fellow scripted arm UFA Serial Drama, as well as entertainment arm UFA Show & Factual (Deutschland sucht den Superstar) and Arctic Drift unit UFA […]

Chilevisión heads back to ‘The Farm’ as Fremantle format returns after 18 years

Chilean broadcaster Chilevisión is bringing back Fremantle format The Farm (La Granja) to the country after almost two decades off screens. The reality series was originally broadcast on Chilevisión from 2002-2005 and follows a diverse group of novice farmers who are plunged into the realities of working on a farm with no 21st century mod […]

Fremantle & Israel’s IBI Investment House launch $165m scripted content fund

Fremantle has joined forces with Israel-based IBI Investment House to launch a €150m ($165m) scripted content fund, with three projects in the works including a movie starring Angelina Jolie. The four-year pact will cover TV and films, with Fremantle taking projects from its network of production companies to the IBI fund to secure financing and […]

Exclusive: Fremantle creates SVP of AI & automation role, Tom Hoffman appointed

Fremantle has named long-standing exec Tom Hoffman to a new role overseeing how artifical intelligence (AI) can be applied to its global business, TBI has learned. Hoffman becomes SVP of AI & automation at the RTL Group-owned company, with a remit to delve into possible uses of AI across all facets of the business around […]

Fremantle’s Joni Day exits after decade to join Apploff Entertainment

LA-based production company Apploff Entertainment has landed Fremantle exec Joni Day as its EVP of entertainment. She will create, develop, sell and produce formats across all media, reporting to president & CEO Jeff Apploff, with whom she worked on Game Of Talents for Fox. Day has spent the past decade as SVP of alternative programming […]

Fremantle & Ukraine’s STB partner on first ever ‘Got Talent’ feature doc

Fremantle and Ukraine broadcaster STB have partnered on a new feature documentary that reveals the real-life stories of former contestants of Got Talent, as the country’s conflict with Russia continues. Power Of Talent is being produced by Kyiv-based prodco Starlight Media and marks the first time that the Got Talent format – sold globally by […]

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