FremantleMedia Enterprises

Ellender exits producer Slingshot

Former FremantleMedia sales chief David Ellender has left the LA-based content producer he launched two years ago. The former CEO of FremantleMedia International has left Slingshot Global Media, a parting that Deadline reported to be “amicable”. Ellender launched Slingshot in February 2014 with backing from private investor TPG Growth. The remaining staff, which includes head […]

David Ellender leaves FremantleMedia

FremantleMedia International is looking for a new CEO following the announcement this morning that David Ellender is leaving the producer and distributor after more than a decade. Ellender is CEO of distribution arm FremantleMedia International and is leaving after twelve years “to pursue new challenges”. His departure comes after a raft of executive changes at […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Rebound

Historically, French drama has not travelled well. But recent successes such as Braquo and Jo suggest this might be about to change. Zodiak Rights head of drama Alex Piel thinks so – and is backing big-budget supernatural series Rebound to be the next French drama to make its mark on the international stage. Zodiak Rights […]

Hindle to head new FremantleMedia digital arm

FremantleMedia has appointed its stateside-based exec Keith Hindle to lead its newly created Digital and Branded Entertainment arm. FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz has called on Hindle, who was previously CEO of the Americas for the company’s licensing and distribution arm FremantleMedia Enterprises, to become CEO of digital and branded entertainment. Hindle will report into Frot-Coutaz, […]

FremantleMedia reorganises, starts consultation with staff

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia is reorganising its business and creating a dedicated Digital & Branded Entertainment unit. The company has started a consultation process with all staff in the affected units while the new structure is implemented. In the wake of the news, the company told TBI it will work to minimise any job losses. […]

NATPE News: Discovery takes Half the Sky for Lat-Am nets

Discovery Networks Latin America has acquired Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide from FremantleMedia Enterprises. The four-part series will be carried on Discovery’s Home & Health channel across 44 countries in Latin America. Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name by the husband-wife team of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn […]

NATPE News: Sony inks Lat-Am deal for Idol

FremantleMedia Enterprises has inked a raft of programming deals with buyers in Latin America, including Sony, which has picked up American Idol. The agreement sees Sony Pictures Entertainment buy season 12 of the music competition series. It has taken pan-regional rights for its pay TV networks in the region. Other deals include Turner-owned cable channel Glitz […]

BBC Worldwide poaches FremantleMedia boss

BBC worldwide has hired Jon Penn as managing director of its Australasian operation. Penn is currently CEO, Asia Pacific at FremantleMedia Enterprises. He will join Worldwide in April. As MD, BBC Worldwide Australasia, Penn will take over from Tony Iffland, who left lasy year to join public broadcaster SBS, and interim boss Blair McQuade. Under […]

FremantleMedia making English version of French zombie series

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) is making an English-language version of French zombie series Les Revenants (They Came Back). The English version will be made by AbbottVision, State of Play and Shameless creator Paul Abbott’s production company, with which FME has a first-look deal. They Came Back was originally developed as a movie before being adapted for […]