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Fremantle hires ex-Chernin TV chief for drama

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has named ex-Chernin Entertainment TV chief Dante Di Loreto as its president of scripted entertainment. The position is a new one. Its creation comes after news of the departure Craig Cegielski, who oversaw FMNA’s scripted business as co-CEO, emerged earlier month. Di Loreto will report to Jennifer Mullin, who is now […]

Cegielski departs FremantleMedia North America co-CEO role

Craig Cegielski is leaving FremantleMedia North America, where he has been co-CEO for three years. His co-CEO Jennifer Mullin, will take over as the company’s sole chief executive. Commenting on his departure, FM CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said FMNA was “in brilliant shape”. “Our unscripted output continues to enjoy outstanding success, strengthened further by the return next season […]

Segal exiting CEO post at Fremantle prodco

Philip Segal is to leave FremantleMedia North America-owned Original Productions this spring. Segal will exit his CEO post at the end of his current contract, with Original COO and executive VP of business affairs Ernie Avila and EVP of development and programming Sarah Whalen taking over in the interim. Original sits alongside unscripted prodcos such […]

Ex-Core exec joins Turner in unscripted post

Turner has hired former Core Media Group exec Jenny Ramirez as VP, unscripted programming, at US cable entertainment nets TBS and TNT. She joins from American indie Irwin Entertainment, where she was senior VP, development and co-executive producer on a range of specials for broadcast network NBC. Based out of Turner’s LA office, she will […]

Deal round up: Fremantle pitches in with Tent City

FremantleMedia North America has scored a production deal with US prodco Tent City Entertainment, to-line news in today’s round up. The deal will see FremantleMedia’s US arm working with Tent City co-founders and former LMNO Productions execs Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Lisa Bourgoujian (pictured) on true crime programming. LA-based Tent City is known for shows […]

Fremantle and MTG digital firms launch music format

FremantleMedia’s Tiny Riot! and MTG-owned Zoomin.TV have teamed to launch Continuum, a new music format that will start online before, they hope, transferring to TV. The digital firms’ new format will see four YouTube stars from four different countries, who have never met each other, united to create new songs and tap into each other’s fan […]

Fremantle exec to lead A. Smith unit as BASE folds

US reality giant A. Smith & Co. is merging with Tinopolis Group sister BASE Productions, whose founder will no longer be part of management. The structural move will see A. Smith dividing into A. Smith and Co. Entertainment and A. Smith & Co. Dox, with FremantleMedia North America executive VP, alternative programming Toby Gorman (pictured, […]

Buzzr pressed in Canada

US gameshow network Buzzr is expanding north of the border into Canada, marking what its owner claims is the first time a multicast channel has done so. Buzzr will go out exclusively in Canada on commercial network Yes TV, which distributes to about seven million viewers, as a three-hour programing block. From tonight, the channel […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part II

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action!   The Netflix question: what is the single most important way in which Netflix has changed the TV drama market?   It […]

Insight gets Rimer for international

Jane Rimer has come on board as a staffer and taken on a new international role at the Toronto-based producer and distributor Insight. Former FremantleMedia North America senior VP of development and programming Rimer will push Insight’s international business in the new role. She has been consulting for Insight, working on distribution, coproduction and first-look […]