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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 takes ITV2 back to ‘Supermarket Sweep’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is bringing back classic gameshow Supermarket Sweep after ordering a 20-episode series for its ITV2 network. The 20 x 60 minute show is being produced by Fremantle-owned producer Thames and will return to screens as a primetime nightly show, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal. The series will run over four weeks and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thames hires Boomerang’s Baldwin as development director

FremantleMediaUK’s Thames has appointed Boomerang’s Shona Baldwin as director of development. Baldwin will work closely with managing director Amelia Brown and creative director Phil Harris on developing new formats for global audiences. She joins the entertainment company this month. The new director arrives from TwoFour label Boomerang, where as director of development she has led […]

Fremantle’s Lamb lands major BBC post

FremantleMedia’s Suzy Lamb has landed the entertainment and music genre director post at BBC Studios. The role was created earlier this year when director Mark Linsey decided to split the BBC Studios entertainment division in two. Lamb, currently head of entertainment at Fremantle-owned Thames, will lead the entertainment and music unit, putting her in charge […]

Fremantle restructures unscripted division

FremantleMedia is reuniting Talkback and Thames as part of a wider restructure at its UK unscripted division. Comedy entertainment label Talkback and entertainment arm Thames will return to their old, united state as TalkbackThames. They were previously separated in 2011 after RTL Group-owned Fremantle merged them in 2003. The restructure comes days after Thames managing […]

Banijay hires Fremantle UK exec as content head

Banijay Group has appointed Fremantle UK’s head of development Lucas Green as head of content. Green, who was previously development head of Fremantle’s UK label Thames, will join Banijay Group in January 2018 in the newly created role. His exit from Fremantle UK comes as unscripted CEO Liam Humphreys implemented a wide-scale restructure that includes […]

Holloway exiting Thames after 20 years

Richard Holloway is leaving FremantleMedia UK producer Thames after 20 years with the business. During that time, he has produced shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. His career in entertainment, however, spans five decades, making him one of the most recognisable figures in British television and media. His credits […]