Sex, Drugs and Restaurant wars

“Chefs are the new rock stars,” says Mike Beale, head of formats at ITV Studios, the company behind long-running hit Come Dine With Me. “It’s not about Delia anymore and you could probably track this trend to The X Factor.” If chefs are the new rock stars, international cooking formats are their stage. The traditional […]

FremantleMedia helps offset ad revenue declines at RTL

RTL said that the strong performance of its content division FremantleMedia and its German channels arm helped mitigate the impact of declining ad revenues across the rest of its channels. Pan-European broadcast group RTL said that the phasing of production and proceeds from the sale of a London building lifted FremantleMedia’s revenues in the three […]

Reliance, RTL launch action channel Thrill in November

Indian media company Reliance and European broadcaster RTL are to launch action channel BIG RTL Thrill in India in November, marking the first channel launch from the pair’s joint venture. BIG RTL Thrill will launch on November 5 and follows the company’s joint venture announcement last year. The two companies are also planning to launch […]

The TBI interview: Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is the most successful TV executive of recent years; the man behind The X Factor and Got Talent, talks exclusively to Peter White about the television business, keeping formats fresh, his forthcoming moves into drama and his mother’s roast potatoes.   “There was a point a couple of years ago, where you started […]

FremantleMedia splits drama and digital media; ups Donna Wiffen

FremantleMedia has separated its drama and digital divisions and promoted Donna Wiffen to head of worldwide drama. Claire Tavernier previously oversaw digital and drama at the production and distribution firm as senior EVP, FMX and worldwide drama. She remains in charge of the FMX digital division. Wiffen has been at FremantleMedia since 2009 and previously […]

DRG and Daro share spoils of Swindle deal

DRG and Daro Film Distribution have jointly acquired distribution rights to The Great Mint Swindle and will launch the Australian TV movie at MIPCOM. It is produced by FremantleMedia-backed Cordell Jigsaw & Zinc Finger for the free-to-air Nine Network. The TV movie tells the story of the country’s biggest ever gold heist and the subsequent […]

Exclusive: CEE broadcasters to remake FremantleMedia’s Recipe To Riches

Central and Eastern European broadcasters TV Barrandov and TV Joj are to remake FremantleMedia’s new cooking format Recipe To Riches. It marks the first two international deals for the Canadian cooking format that the distributor picked up earlier this year. Recipe To Riches was originally produced by Canadian producer Temple Street Productions for Food Network […]

Thom Beers named FremantleMedia US boss

  Ice Road Truckers producer Thom Beers has been appointed as chief executive officer, FremantleMedia North America. Beers, who was previously chief executive of Original Productions, which he sold a stake to FremantleMedia in 2009, will assume the role at the start of September. He replaces and reports to Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, who […]

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