Got Talent


TV Formats: Made in China

A decade ago China was considered the enemy of the international formats business, but today it is a key international buyer. Now, its producers and broadcasters are looking to export their own wares. “I’ve been doing business in China for the last decade. I was there trying to sell my formats when they were all […]

FremantleMedia, Sony plan pan-Asian Got Talent

FremantleMedia and Sony Pictures Television Networks have partnered to create a pan-Asian version of singing reality format Got Talent. Asia’s Got Talent will debut early next year on SPT Networks’ English-language entertainment channel AXN across 20 territories in the region. FremantleMedia has also secured deals with local free-to-air channels in Thailand, Indonesia and India to […]

FremantleMedia forms Indian drama JV

FremantleMedia Asia is creating a drama production joint venture with DJ’s Creative Unit that will make scripted shows for the Indian market. DJ’s Creative Unit is a husband-and-wife owned prodco that is behind major Indian TV dramas such as Just Mohabbat, Left Right Left, Chhoti Bahu and Parvarish, and the country’s first teen soap Banegi […]

FremantleMedia sells Got Talent to Kenya

The Got Talent format is launching in Kenya. The FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment format will be produced locally by Status Communications, part of facilities business Clouds Media International. Status will make three season of Kenya’s Got Talent. Clouds runs its own TV channel, but Abu Dhabi-based Status is making Kenya’s Got Talent for Kenya Television […]

Antena tuned to Romanian TV

The Romanian TV market is ultra-competitive with numerous channels vying for ratings and a slice of the modest ad revenues available. Antena Group CEO Sorin Alexandrescu tells Stewart Clarke about his plan for the locally-owned broadcaster to overtake US-backed CME in the battle for eyeballs and about the challenges facing the country’s television sector. Seated […]

Diana Buddingh: Freshen up your formats

FremantleMedia is the home to some of the best-loved brands and formats in the world: from Family Feud to Farmer Wants a Wife, through The X Factor, Idols and Got Talent. Many of these globally renowned titles have been on air for a decade or more, and often sit at the heart of the networks’ […]

FremantleMedia cuts deal with YouTube MCN BroadbandTV

Production company FremantleMedia has tapped YouTube multichannel network (MCN) provider BroadbandTV to track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 of its shows including American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent, Baywatch and The X Factor. FremantleMedia will use BroadbandTV’s content management team and Viso Novi technology platform to manage fan-produced content. BroadbandTV operates […]

Got Talent to launch in Afghanistan

Got Talent is launching in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Got Talent will launch on local broadcaster 1TV Media later this year after a deal was brokered with the talent format’s distributor FremantleMedia. FremantleMedia said that the Afghan launch would be the 55th local version of the show, which first launched as a full series on US network […]

Global formats: sing and the world watches with you

TBI has teamed up with Eurodata TV Worldwide once again to uncover the most successful format of 2012. Using data from more than 71 countries, we present the shows that had viewers glued to their seats in 2012. Amandine Cassi, head of research at Médiamétrie Eurodata TV Worldwide, pores over the results and highlights the […]

Endemol management shake-up continues with Paraskakis appointment

Endemol has announced another senior management change, appointing Fotini Paraskakis managing director of its Asian business. She joins from FremantleMedia Asia, where she was director of content. At Endemol, Paraskakis will step into a new role and oversee Endemol’s creative, production and format sales activities across Asia. She will report to Arjen van Mierlo, CEO […]