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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 […]

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 […]

X Factor UK preps US debut on AXS

Music cable channel AXS TV is taking The X Factor UK into the US for the first time. The channel has signed a deal with FremantleMedia International to broadcast the upcoming eleventh season of the show, which comes from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK-owned Thames TV. The new season of the UK show […]

Univision tunes up new Simon Cowell format

Singing format impresario Simon Cowell is launching his latest venture into the genre with Spanish-language US Hispanic channel Univision. La Banda is a boy band competition reality series that will launch on the high-rating network in 2015. It comes from Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and scour both the US and Latino markets to build a boy […]

FremantleMedia poaches Syco’s Hebden

FremantleMedia UK is replacing former interactive boss Peter Cassidy with Syco Entertainment executive producer, digital, Kat Hebden. The exec will become head of interactive for FremantleMedia UK Interactive. In the role, she’ll focus on building digital activities by developing production capabilities and growing FremantleMedia’s online channels portfolio. She’ll also work alongside the firm’s Digital & […]