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ITV rules out Endemol Shine purchase

ITV has said that it will not make a bid for Endemol Shine, joining the likes of Germany’s RTL which has also ruled itself out. “In light of continued press speculation, ITV confirms that it has no current intention of making a bid for Endemol Shine Group,” the company said in a statement to investors on Wednesday morning (October […]

RTL withdraws interest in Endemol Shine purchase

German broadcaster RTL has withdrawn its interest in buying Endemol Shine as it focuses on growth initiatives such as building mass-audience VOD services and expanding FremantleMedia’s drama output. The FremantleMedia-owner revealed that it had dropped out of the race to purchase Endemol Shine, according to Reuters. “On Endemol Shine, we stepped out of the process,” […]

FremantleMedia confirms Mullin as CEO

Jennifer Mullin has been confirmed as the new CEO of FremantleMedia after the departure of Cecile Frot-Coutaz in March 2018. She will finish up her current role as CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and start the new role on September 1, the company has announced. Mullin takes over the reins from Frot-Coutaz after she […]

Fremantle launches UK comedy label Hare and Tortoise

FremantleMedia has launched new UK production label, Hare and Tortoise, replacing its scripted comedy label Retort. Hare and Tortoise replaces Retort where Jon Rolph was MD. The new label will be led by Rolph and creative director Claire Nosworthy. It will build on Rolph and Nosworthy’s two decades of experience in comedy, entertainment, and factual […]

Natalie Dormer to produce and develop Vivien Leigh drama

Picnic at Hanging Rock’s Natalie Dormer is teaming with UK prodco Mainstreet Pictures and Fremantlemedia to produce and develop a drama based on the life of British actress Vivien Leigh. The story will follow the highs and lows of the iconic actress who gave audiences a glimpse of the complex and tortured mind of a […]

FremantleMedia hooks Hasler to run Original Productions

LA-based unscripted specialist Original Productions (OP) has hired Jeff Hasler to serve as president of the FremantleMedia-owned firm. Hasler will supervise and lead all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company with the support of Ernie Avila, COO and EVP, business affairs and Sarah Whalen, EVP development and programming, both of whom will […]

ABC Australia picks up Fremantle’s Recording Studio

Australian public broadcaster ABC has announced plans to create a local version of FremantleMedia’s new music-based factual entertainment format The Recording Studio. The deal follows other pick ups by BBC1 in the UK and DR in Denmark. The Recording Studio was launched at MIPCOM 2017. It follows ordinary people as they are given the chance to […]

Fremantle CEO Frot-Coutaz exiting for YouTube

FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving the RTL Group-owned production and distribution giant to lead YouTube EMEA. Her exit comes after 23 years at Fremantle and its predecessors, and a process is already underway to find a successor. Frot-Coutaz (above right) is understood to have a twelve-month notice period, but is unlikely to work all […]

Volume of TV prodco M&A doubled in four years – IHS

Mergers and acquisitions in the television production space more than doubled between 2013 and 2017 as companies scramble for IP ownership, according to new research. IHS Markit data found that TV prodco M&A activity increased from 42 international deals in 2013 to 102 deals in 2017. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 19.4%, […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

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