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FremantleMedia hires cable veteran as Buzzr channel chief

FremantleMedia North America’s upcoming game show network Buzzr TV has a general manager. Ron Garfield has been hired as executive VP and GM to oversee the digital multicast network, which launches in 17 markets in the US this summer. It will have a portfolio of more than 40,000 hours of game shows from the FMNA […]

Top execs exit FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America executives Lee Rierson and David Luner are exiting the business, TBI has confirmed. COO Rierson (pictured) has decided against renewing his contract, while president of brand partnerships and franchise management David Luner is joining Lionsgate as executive VP, worldwide TV marketing in January. Rierson, who joined FremantleMedia’s US and Canada arm from […]

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 […]

Middle East nets ready Millionaire spin off, new formats

Middle Eastern and North African broadcasters have partnered with Sony Pictures Television on the latest versions of a Who Wants to be a Millionaire? spin off, a singing-themed factual entertainment format and a remade CBS studio game show. In Dubai, national broadcaster Dubai Television has ordered Sony Pictures Television Arabia to produce a 26-episode season […]