FremantleMedia Australia

TV legend Grundy dies at 92

Australian television legend Reg Grundy has passed away at 92. Reports say he died in Bermuda, where he lived, on Friday. Grundy (pictured above, in 1959; and below right) is credited with developing hugely successful Australian soap opera Neighbours, ground-breaking women’s prison drama Prisoner: Cell Block H (recently rebooted as Wentworth) and TVNZ’s Shortland St. […]

Matchbox’s Bowden, ex-Fremantle exec form Lingo

The founder of Matchbox Pictures and a former FremantleMedia Australia creative director have created a Sydney-based production company, Lingo Pictures. Helen Bowden, who was NBCUniversal-owned Matchbox’s managing director, and Jason Stephens have partnered to create the firm, which will produce scripted and unscripted content for the international and Australian markets. Bowden counts ABC drama The […]

Hulu goes to Wonderland with Beta

US streaming service Hulu is among buyers of the Beta Film-sold drama Wonderland. Beta has also secured deals with Bell Media’s CTV in Canada, the Hot platform in Israel, RTL in the Netherlands, TV2 in Norway, Viasat in the Baltic region and Fox International Channels in the Balkans. Negotiations in several other territories in Europe […]

Bake Off hits Australia

Bake Off will launch in Australia after Foxtel ordered a local version of the hit format. The Great Australian Bake Off will be on the pay TV operator’s Food channel after BBC Worldwide shopped the show to Foxtel. The local version of the Love Productions-created cooking competition series will be produced by FremantleMedia Australia, which […]

Hulu buys Australian soap Neighbours

US streaming service Hulu has acquired Neighbours, the long-running Australian soap. The daily soap has been popular in Australia, on Seven Network, and the UK, where it is now on Channel 5, for over a decade. In Australia it is the longest-running drama on TV. On Hulu in the US, it will launch on July […]

News brief: Dutch Wentworth handed new sentence

SBS6’s Dutch remake of FremantleMedia Australia prison drama Wentworth has been handed a second season. Celblok-H was confirmed for another run earlier this week ahead of season one’s upcoming finale. It currently ranks as SBS6’s top rated drama of the year. Celblok-H is a remake of Foxtel’s Australia drama Wentworth (pictured), which itself is a […]

SBS6 to remake prison drama Wentworth

SBS6 in Holland is set to become the second international broadcaster to remake Australian women’s prison drama Wentworth for a local audience. The show will premiere on March 6 with producer FourOne.Media, which is a part of the FremantleMedia International family that sells the format, attached to produce. The Dutch-language show will be known as […]

Report: Tim Clucas exits FremantleMedia Australia

FremantleMedia Australia’s director of programming Tim Clucas has exited the company, according to a local report. The executive, who oversaw local entertainment formats such The X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Grand Designs Australia, told TVTonight that after four years in his role, he was leaving to “stretch my wings a little” and that the […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

BBC Worldwide, FremantleMedia Oz form content partnership

BBC Worldwide and FremantleMedia Australia have come together to create a partnership to produce BBC entertainment formats down under. The multi-year agreement with see BBCWW Australia & New Zealand and FMA work on current BBC catalogue formats and future general entertainment titles. BBCWW’s extensive content catalogue includes formats such as Top Gear, and Dancing with […]