Rick Glankler


Fremantle NA appoints Glankler as commercial president

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has moved Rick Glankler to the newly created position of president of commercial operations. Glankler moves from his former role as president of the company’s Kids & Family division, which was sold to Boat Rocker Media in January 2018. Most of the division’s staff moved to Boat Rocker while Glankler remained […]

Boat Rocker acquires Fremantle’s kids division

Boat Rocker Media has acquired FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division. The move is effective immediately. It follows a range of investments that Boat Rocker has made in kids entertainment in the past two years, including the purchase of Jam Filled Entertainment, Arc Production assets and a co-development deal with children’s brand Fisher-Price. The division […]

Fremantle inks kids deal with Shellhut

FremantleMedia’s kids and family unit has struck a copro deal with Thai prodco Shellhut as it seeks to establish deeper roots in Asia. Fremantle and Shellhut will coproduce two animated series, although no details were given about the shows. Fremantle will then sell the projects internationally. The agreement is similar in structure to that between […]

BBC, Fremantle team again for kids series

The kids division of UK pubcaster the BBC, and FremantleMedia Kids & Family are teaming to make another kids series, Bitz & Bob. The 44x11mins show will debut in 2017 on preschool channel CBeebies, and is described as a comedy adventure with a twist, relaying funny and whimsical stories underpinned by key educational principles. Specifically, […]

FremantleMedia Kids poaches Asia boss from Hit

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has named Hit Entertainment’s Henry Or as head of a new Asian office, TBI has learned. Or’s appointment as VP, Asia for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment comes alongside those of another Hit exec, Tracy Griffiths, who becomes VP of licensing and consumer products EMEA and Australia. Or was Hit’s […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]

FremantleMedia names HIT exec as new kids boss

FremantleMedia has named Mattel and HIT Entertainment exec Rick Glankler has the new head of its kids and family entertainment division. The news comes after TBI revealed former boss Sander Schwartz had exited four years after launching RTL-owned FremantleMedia’s children’s entertainment division. Glanker begins his role as general manager and executive VP immediately, based in […]