FremantleMedia North America


A&E’s Returned departs as Bates Motel stays open

US cable channel A&E has cancelled its remake of French supernatural drama The Returned after one season, but commissioned a further two runs of Bates Motel. The Returned was placed as a companion to popular Psycho spin-off Bates Motel, but failed to gain traction. The ten-episode series came from A&E’s production arm, A+E Studios, FremantleMedia […]

Discovery nabs Schibsted exec for Norway

Discovery Networks Norway has hired Tine Austvoll Jensen to replace the retiring Morten Skotland Hansen. Austvoll Jensen becomes COO and CFO at the Discovery Networks International division, which houses channels such as TVNorge. She has 18 years experience in media, and before Discovery was a vice president at Schibsted Classified Media, which once owned production […]

American Idol axed amid falling ratings

Long-running US singing format American Idol is headed for the scrapheap after broadcaster Fox cancelled the show. The show’s fifteenth and final season next January, with the finale bringing to a close what was once the US’s largest programme. Ratings have been slipping, and are currently down below nine million per episode. The move is […]

Exec pair replacing Beers at FremantleMedia

Craig Cegielski and Jennifer Mullin have been named co-CEOs of FremantleMedia North America to replace current incumbent Thom Beers (pictured left). Cegielski (right) is currently executive VP, scripted programming and Mullin (below, left) EVP of current programming. They will step up when Beers exits upon the end of his contract this summer, both reporting to […]

FremantleMedia hires cable veteran as Buzzr channel chief

FremantleMedia North America’s upcoming game show network Buzzr TV has a general manager. Ron Garfield has been hired as executive VP and GM to oversee the digital multicast network, which launches in 17 markets in the US this summer. It will have a portfolio of more than 40,000 hours of game shows from the FMNA […]

Top execs exit FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America executives Lee Rierson and David Luner are exiting the business, TBI has confirmed. COO Rierson (pictured) has decided against renewing his contract, while president of brand partnerships and franchise management David Luner is joining Lionsgate as executive VP, worldwide TV marketing in January. Rierson, who joined FremantleMedia’s US and Canada arm from […]

Starz, FremantleMedia work up American Gods

Starz is working with FremantleMedia North America to adapt Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy novel American Gods for television. US premium cable channel Starz has tapped Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) to pen the pilot script and Michael Green (The River). The pair will executive produce along with author Gaiman and FMNA’s Thom Beers, Craig Cegielski […]

FremantleMedia sparks a Tiny Riot with new digital studio

The US division of FremantleMedia has created a new digital studio, Tiny Riot! FremantleMedia North America said the studio launch was spurred by the success of pet-themed YouTube channel The Pet Collective and a recent digital content deals with online fashion service StyleHaul and with hipster brand Vice. Gayle Gilman, formerly executive VP, digital content […]

FremantleMedia takes 75% of Jersey Shore’s 495

FremantleMedia has acquired a 75% stake in Jersey Shore producer 495 Productions. The deal hands the production and distribution giant the option to acquire the remaining 495 shares in the future. Founded in 2006 by SallyAnn Salsana, 495 is best known for creating reality hit Jersey Shore (pictured) for MTV, which was the network’s highest […]

US X Factor axed as Cowell returns to UK show

US broadcast network Fox has cancelled The X Factor after three seasons and the format’s creator and judge Simon Cowell is returning to the UK to shore up the original version of the talent show. Fox last week cited poor ratings for its version of the format as a key reason for its underperformance. The […]