FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia returns to fantasy realm with Sanderson project

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Random House Studio have announced a creative alliance with best-selling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson. Under the terms of the partnership, Sanderson is to create a TV series, graphic novel, book series and podcast based around a new fantasy adventure franchise entitled Dark One. Dark One focuses on a young man […]

FremantleMedia and Hulu unveil Michelangelo scripted series

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has announced a first-look deal with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment. Under the pact, Landscape will develop and produce scripted projects for the US and international markets, starting with a drama about Michelangelo. Written by author Richard Mason (History Of A Pleasure Seeker), the series will detail the life of the brilliant […]

Fremantle NA rejigs unscripted team

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has expanded its unscripted leadership team, as it brings in MTV’s Colin Nash (pictured) as senior vice president of programming and development. The move sees FMNA promote company veteran Joni Day (pictured below) to SVP of alternative programming and development. It has also hired Jean Shi as vice president of alternative […]

Fremantle inks first TV deal with author Paulo Coelho

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), together with Random House Studio and Dancing Ledge Productions, has signed an exclusive deal with The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho to develop the first-ever TV drama series based on his work. Exploring themes and characters from his novels, The Devil and Miss Prym, Brida and The Witch of Portobello, the crime […]

FremantleMedia to adapt Peake’s Gormenghast

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has beaten off strong competition to secure the TV rights to Mervyn Peake’s gothic fantasy book series Gormenghast. FMNA secured the rights to the five book series from agency Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (on behalf of the Peake estate). It is the second time the books will have been adapted after […]

Fremantle NA appoints Glankler as commercial president

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has moved Rick Glankler to the newly created position of president of commercial operations. Glankler moves from his former role as president of the company’s Kids & Family division, which was sold to Boat Rocker Media in January 2018. Most of the division’s staff moved to Boat Rocker while Glankler remained […]

Amazon welcomes ABC’s American Idol back to the UK

Amazon Prime Video UK has secured exclusive rights to ABC’s rebooted American Idol. The UK is one of 150 territories that the format has been sold to via FremantleMedia International. Other territories include Canada, Australia, Latin America, Africa and more. The series recently returned to US screens on ABC after Fox dropped it in 2016. […]

Fremantle hires scripted trio including ex-Weinstein Co. exec

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has added three industry veterans to its scripted division, including Oliver Jones from The Weinstein Company, Reid Shane (pictured) from Media Rights Capital and Jennifer Sherwood from Silk Road Productions. Shane has joined the company as executive VP of production, while Sherwood will be welcomed as the new senior VP of […]

Fremantle taps ex-CMT exec for unscripted post

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has hired former CMT development head Jayson Dinsmore as president of alternative programming and development. Dinsmore replaces former executive vice president Toby Gorman, who exited last year to join a new A. Smith unit created in November. In his new role, Dinsmore will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development […]

History greenlights Bill Clinton scripted drama

A+E’s History has ordered a six-episode scripted drama series titled The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, the first of an annual presidential miniseries strand first announced in March. Based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, the series will be executive produced […]

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