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TBI’s forward thinkers: Fremantle’s Vasha Wallace

Vasha Wallace, EVP of global acquisitions & development, Fremantle Streamers started dipping their toes into the format business last year, how do you think this will change in 2020? We are going to see the streamers continue to grow and go from being US-based platforms to becoming more local platforms with a focus on local […]

The case for TV and TikTok

TikTok has become one of the most talked-about social media launches of recent years, but producers and broadcasters are still in the dark on how best to navigate it. Manori Ravindran explores the do’s and don’ts for those working with one of the world’s fastest growing apps There’s a justifiable level of bewilderment about one […]

Fremantle, Syco & Hunan TV to co-develop China-based Got Talent series

Fremantle, Syco Entertainment and Hunan TV have partnered to co-develop a 13-part series for China, based on the Got Talent format franchise. The series will be known locally as China as Dian Feng Zhi Lu, which translates to World’s Got Talent and will appear in April on Hunan TV. Dian Feng Zhi Lu will bring […]

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 […]

Acun Medya taps int’l head from Simon Cowell banner

Acun Medya Global has hired Syco Entertainment’s head of international, George Levendis (pictured), as its chief operations officer. Levendis has been with Syco, the Simon Cowell joint venture with Sony, since January 2011. He oversaw all aspects of its international operations including the expansion of 50 versions of Got Talent and X Factor formats globally. […]

BBC to launch dance format with Simon Cowell’s Syco

The BBC has commissioned Simon Cowell’s (pictured) Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK’s Thames to produce a new Saturday night dance talent show. The Greatest Dancer, an 8×60 entertainment series, will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance give the performances of their lives in the hopes to become the UK’s Greatest […]

Objective poaches Syco exec in COO hire

UK-based Objective Media Group has hired a COO from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. Matthew Angel will take up the post in October, taking the lead in legal and business affairs, finance and commercial activities. At Syco, he was global head of legal business affairs, and recently renegotiated the contract to keep The X Factor and […]

UK’s truTV lands America’s Got Talent

The British version of truTV has landed the latest season of US reality competition series America’s Got Talent. The exclusive deal with distributor FremantleMedia International marks one of the biggest deals truTV has struck since launching in the UK on digital free-TV last year. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, America’s Got Talent […]

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 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 […]