Fremantle appoints Polka, Turner alum for Lat Am scripted development

Fremantle has appointed Manuel Martí to a newly created position overseeing scripted development for Latin America. Martí becomes head of scripted development and is based out of Mexico City, reporting into Coty Cagliolo, Fremantle’s head of production for the region. He will be responsible for developing the company’s drama slate, securing and delivering commissions and […]

TBI’s forward thinkers: Fremantle’s Vasha Wallace

Vasha Wallace, EVP of global acquisitions & development, Fremantle Streamers started dipping their toes into the format business last year, how do you think this will change in 2020? We are going to see the streamers continue to grow and go from being US-based platforms to becoming more local platforms with a focus on local […]

Talkback alums hire Susie Hall for recently minted All3-backed prodco

All3Media-backed Great Scott Media, the recently launched prodco founded by two former senior executives at Fremantle-owned Talkback, has hired Susie Hall to oversee development for the company. Hall will become head of development at Great Scott, which has been launched by Leon Wilson, former managing director of Talkback Thames, and Ed Sleeman, who held the […]

Natalie Dormer launches new prodco Dog Rose with Fremantle

Actress and writer Natalie Dormer has launched a new London-based production company in partnership with Fremantle. Dog Rose Productions will work across genres to explore themes “that transcend cultures and unite us as humans,” according to Fremantle, which struck a first-look deal with the Game Of Thrones star last year. Fremantle will co-develop and distribute […]

The case for TV and TikTok

TikTok has become one of the most talked-about social media launches of recent years, but producers and broadcasters are still in the dark on how best to navigate it. Manori Ravindran explores the do’s and don’ts for those working with one of the world’s fastest growing apps There’s a justifiable level of bewilderment about one […]

ViacomCBS duo Channel 5 and Network Ten order Anglo-Aussie drama

ViacomCBS-owned Network Ten in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK have joined forces to commission a four-part drama from Fremantle. Breathless (4 x 60 minute) is centred on a British woman and her husband who seek a fresh start in Australia after infidelity rocks their marriage only to find the young local nanny they […]

ATF 2019: Is China still a land of rising opportunity?

China might seem to offer huge audiences and potentially boundless riches, but recent developments have underlined the fast-changing nature of its TV ecosystem. Richard Middleton reports For the past couple of years, China has largely been seen as a land of opportunity, albeit one that was fairly tricky to access and problematic even once you […]

Fremantle scores with five renewals as ABC extends summer gameshows

US broadcaster ABC has extended an array of its gameshows as part of its ‘Summer Fun & Games’ programming strand, with Fremantle scoring five renewals. The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game and To Tell The Truth are all being extended into fifth seasons while a second run of Card Sharks is also in the works. A […]

Exclusive: Fremantle involvement on ‘World’s Got Talent’ in question amid China restructure

Fremantle’s future involvement in Chinese adaptations of its blockbuster Got Talent franchise remains unclear as the super-indie restructures its operations out of the country. TBI understands that the business is currently in discussions around its continued involvement on Hunan TV’s World’s Got Talent and Dragon TV’s China’s Got Talent, which are now in question following Fremantle’s decision to exit […]

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