Fremantle’s Talkback appoints Jonno Richards as MD

Fremantle has hired Jonno Richards as MD of UK comedy label and Celebrity Juice producer Talkback. The exec takes on the role permanently after having served as acting MD since May. Prior to becoming MD, Richards served as director of programmes at Talkback, exec producing shows including Shopping With Keith Lemon, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow […]

Fremantle takes ITV2 back to ‘Supermarket Sweep’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is bringing back classic gameshow Supermarket Sweep after ordering a 20-episode series for its ITV2 network. The 20 x 60 minute show is being produced by Fremantle-owned producer Thames and will return to screens as a primetime nightly show, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal. The series will run over four weeks and […]

Sony strikes right price with Richards

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has struck a multi-year overall deal with The Price Is Right producer Mike Richards that will see him create gameshows for the US studio. Under the exclusive agreement, Richards will develop and produce gameshows for network, cable and streaming platforms, starting from September. Richards has been executive producer of The Price […]

Fremantle faces the music

For years, entertainment juggernauts such as Got Talent and The X Factor have defined production and distribution giant Fremantle on the global stage, but a long-brewing factual strategy is finally taking flight. Manori Ravindran reports Since joining Fremantle six years ago, Angela Neillis, SVP of non-scripted for international, has been quietly building out a pipeline […]

The House that Gurinder built

Director and screenwriter Gurinder Chadha’s first large-scale drama series Beecham House, to be screened in June on ITV, will kickstart a focused period of television programme-making for the award-winning filmmaker. Ross Biddiscombe reports Gurinder Chadha – famous for modern classics such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bhaji On The Beach – says that in […]

Hulu, Arte board Syrian war thriller starring James Purefoy

Hulu and Arte have greenlit Fertile Crescent, an eight-part drama set during the Syrian War which stars James Purefoy and is being distributed internationally by Fremantle. Set in the world of female Kurdish fighters, Fertile Crescent is co-created by Maria Feldman (False Flag), Eitan Mansuri (When Heroes Fly), Amit Cohen (False Flag) and Ron Leshem […]

Sales round-up: Fremantle seals Balkans deals; Passion lands ‘Moon’ sales

Fremantle sells ‘Jamie Oliver’ and ‘Got Talent’ into Balkans Fremantle has struck two deals across the Balkans, teaming up with Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and United Media to bring multiple Jamie Oliver series and its Got Talent juggernaut to the region. Under the deal, FNG Bulgaria will air a range of Jamie Oliver content on […]

Fremantle strikes multi-year pact with ‘True Detective’ producer

Fremantle has struck an exclusive, multi-year deal with True Detective executive producer Richard Brown’s (pictured) newly formed production company Passenger. Based in New York and London, Passenger will develop and produce original limited event series and anthologies as well as multi-season dramas, documentary series and feature films, with Fremantle co-producing and distributing the projects worldwide. […]

Cineflix Rights hires Fremantle exec for acquisitions

Cineflix Rights has appointed Fremantle’s Felicia Litovitz to oversee acquisitions for North America.  The exec joins the London-based distributor as it looks to expand its third-party content portfolio. Litovitz, who previously served as director of distribution, is tasked with building out Cineflix Rights’ factual and scripted content from US and Canadian production partners. Her role will […]

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