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MIPCOM Hot Picks: The Greatest Dancer

Distributor: Fremantle Producer: Syco Entertainment, Thames Channel: BBC One (UK) Concept: Dancers audition in front of a hidden audience in hopes of partnering with top dancers and becoming the greatest in their field Fresh from a rebrand, Fremantle will hit the market with a major prime-time dance format from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle-owned […]

Fremantle, footballer Vialli team for format

FremantleMedia and Italian football icon Gianluca Vialli are launching a format in the Gordon Ramsey Kitchen Nightmares vein. Football Nightmares will see former Juventus and Chelsea striker Vialli (above, right), and Italian compatriot Lorenzo Amoruso, go into failing football clubs and put in place plans in change their fortunes. Each episode of the 8x60mins series, […]

Ex-Endemol Shine execs pact with Fremantle

Former Endemol Shine Group producers Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have created an unscripted prodco with FremantleMedia. The pair, who have worked together for more than a decade, will lead Eureka Productions, which launched this month in Los Angeles. A Sydney office will open in March with “top appointments” for the creative team coming over […]

Fremantle backs former C4 exec’s indie

FremantleMedia has invested in Man Alive Entertainment, a new indie prodco set up by former Channel 4 head of entertainment Justin Gorman. The new UK-based indie will make factual, factual entertainment, quiz and gameshows. Gorman’s credits while at UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 include The Million Pound Drop Live and Alan Carr Chatty Man. Prior […]

FremantleMedia, Skylark join forces

FremantleMedia and Danish prodco Skylark are setting up a new formats base in Copenhagen. Skylark, which was founded recently by producers Henrik Hancke Nielsen (left) and Per Zachariassen (below), will work with FremantleMedia to develop new ideas for the international market. Nielsen and Zachariassen are the founders of Danish producer Blu, which FremantleMedia subsequently acquired. […]

FremantleMedia reveals Most Beautiful Woman

Buyers will have a chance to learn about FremantleMedia’s Most Beautiful Woman format in Cannes. The Most Beautiful Woman, which was originally for RTL1 in Germany, sees women of all ages and background take part in a national competition to find the most beautiful woman in a given country – judged through challenges that bring […]

FremantleMedia adds global acquisitions VP

FremantleMedia International has promoted Hayley Dickson to the newly-created role of VP, television acquisitions and development, global content. Dickson was previously director, television acquisitions and development at FMI and has developed business with the likes of Hulu and Vuguru for the X Factor distributor. In the new role, she will work closely with FMI’s distribution […]

FremantleMedia takes rights to Irish genealogy series

FremantleMedia has picked up format rights to Genealogy Roadshow. The show was created by Irish indie producer Big Mountain Productions and airs on RTÉ in Ireland. The pubcaster has just ordered a second season of the series, which helps people find out about the histories of their families. PBS is about to launch a US […]

FremantleMedia hires ex-Talpa production boss

FremantleMedia has followed up the hire of Lee Rierson as US COO with the appointment of a former Talpa and Endemol production executive. Diana Buddingh will become the X Factor company’s director of global entertainment on October 1. The 27-year TV veteran will be based in London, responsible for the brand management and global roll […]

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 […]