Duck Soup appeals to Red script exec

FremantleMedia-backed Duck Soup Films has appointed Red Production Company script editor Jackie Okwera as its head of development. Okwera will join the Leeds-based indie in September, as the company eyes its first scripted television and films commissions. This comes after FremantleMedia bought a 25% stake in Duck Soup, which This is England and Utopia producers […]

Fremantle buys Essential drama division

FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in the drama wing of Australian producer Essential Media, and is relaunching it as Easy Tiger Productions. Essential co-founder Ian Collie is to become managing director of Easy Tiger, alongside fellow Essential alumni Rachael Turk and Tanya Phegan. Essential’s current drama projects are transferring over to Easy Tiger, along […]

Nico Hofmann takes the helm at UFA

Nico Hofmann has become the sole CEO of German prodco UFA, a move that has been in the works since 2015. Hofmann will assume overall management responsibilities for all operations and units within UFA, working closely with parent FremantleMedia’s global network, including its worldwide production units and licensing and sales operations. Remaining on FremantleMedia’s operating […]

Digital unit provides big boost for RTL

Digital revenues boosted RTL’s revenue performance significantly in the second half, with the German broadcaster also seeing solid growth from production arm FremantleMedia. RTL’s domestic German and French broadcasting operations posted decent returns, but overall EBITDA was pushed down by the phased out of M6’s mobile contract in France and lower advertising revenue in the […]

FremantleMedia India gets new MD

FremantleMedia India has gone in-house for a new managing director. Aradhana Bhola (pictured) has taken on the role, and will report to FremantleMedia’s regional CEO for Australia and Asia Pacific, Ian Hogg. The unit last had an MD in 2015, but the post had remain vacant since the exit of Anupama Mandloi. Based in Mumbai […]

Fremantle works up TV adaptation of Find the Good

FremantleMedia has teamed up with author Heather Lende to develop a drama series based on her book, Find The Good. Fremantle’s global drama director, Sarah Doole and executive VP and creative director of global drama Christian Vesper (pictured) have acquired the rights and will oversee the rollout of the adaptation. The book will serve as […]

FremantleMedia names Mexico MD

FremantleMedia has a new managing director for its Mexican production business. Coty Cagliolo has been upped to the position from her current role as VP of development across Latin America and the US Hispanic region. She had joined FremantleMedia Mexico has creative director in 2013, the same year the business had named Adrian Santucho as […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

FremantleMedia promotes Siegel to M&A head

FremantleMedia has promoted Rob Siegel to global head of M&A and corporate development following the decision of the former director of strategy and M&A Caroline Murphy to leave. Siegel was formerly UK-based Fremantle’s director of mergers and acquisitions. In his new role, which takes effect immediately, Siegel will report into Sangeeta Desai, Fremantle’s chief operating […]

Fremantle hires NBCU sales director

FremantleMedia International has brought in NBCUniversal International sales director Nick Pawsey, TBI has learned. Pawsey has been hired as VP of sales and distribution, reporting to executive VP and head sales and distribution for EMEA Jamie Lynn. He will oversee FMI’s sales operation across Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS region, and is […]