FremantleMedia North America


FremantleMedia poaches former BBC exec for US programming role

The US division of FremantleMedia has recruited former BBC Entertainment exec Sean Hancock as its new VP, alternative programming. At FremantleMedia North America Hancock will develop and produce reality competition, gameshow and other unscripted content, reporting to the company’s recently appointed executive VP of alternative programming, Toby Gorman. As commissioning editor at the BBC, Hancock […]

Cable sparks a US indie M&A frenzy

The international media groups that previously drove rounds of M&A activity among indies in the UK and Europe are now focused on acquisitions in the US as the cable sector and unscripted business boom. John Hazelton looks at who’s buying what, where opportunity lies and asks who’ll be next on to board the consolidation gravy […]

A&E puts Returned remake into development

US cable channel A&E has put a US version of French drama The Returned (Les Revenants) into development with FremantleMedia North America. The original series will be a coproduction between A+E Studios and FMNA in association with France’s Haut et Court TV and will rework the French series from Fabrice Gobert that was also produced […]

News brief: Luner lands new FremantleMedia role

FremantleMedia North America has promoted its executive VP of digital and licensing to a new role overseeing the firm’s ancillary businesses. David Luner is now executive VP, brand partnerships and franchise management, reporting into FMNA CEO Thom Beers. Luner’s new role will have him overseeing digital, integrated marketing and brand partnerships, licensing, live events, and […]

FMNA appoints Shine America exec as new COO

FremantleMedia North America has appointed Shine Group’s US COO Lee Rierson to take on the same role at the American Idol producer. Rierson (left) will join FMNA on July 22, reporting to CEO Thom Beers. Under his remit falls production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning. FMNA is behind […]

Former Friday TV chief to revamp American Idol

Swedish reality TV executive Per Blankens is heading to the US to become an executive producer on Fox’s flagging talent format American Idol. Blankens will join the show in its upcoming 13th season. He will join News Corp. veteran David Hill on the 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America-produced series. This comes after Nigel Lythgoe […]

FremantleMedia confirms Cegielski, Berk appointments

FremantleMedia North America has confirmed the hire of former GK-tv and Lionsgate drama exec Craig Cegielski and Playtone’s Stefanie Berk, as TBI reported earlier this week. Cegielski becomes FMNA’s first executive VP, scripted programming and development after joining from his own company Open Circle Entertainment, while Berk will report into him as senior VP, scripted […]