Fremantle’s Thames backs former Fizz chief Neale Simpson’s new fact ent label

Fremantle-owned UK production outfit Thames has partnered with the former creative director at Banijay-owned label Fizz to launch a new factual entertainment label. Upstream is to be run by Neale Simpson and will allow Thames “to diversify its slate and expand its client base”. Amelia Brown, Thames’ MD, said the label would enable her company to […]

Fremantle’s Thames hires Remarkable’s Tom Williams as development director

Fremantle-owned entertainment label Thames has appointed Remarkable’s head of development, Tom Williams, as its new director of development. Williams helped to develop ITV’s upcoming singing show Starstruck and while at Remarkable was part of the team that brought NBC’s The Wall to the UK, and developed Richard Osman’s House Of Games Night for British pubcaster […]

BBC reboots gameshow ‘Blankety Blank’ after 20-year hiatus

The BBC in the UK is rebooting veteran gameshow Blankety Blank by ordering a 10-part run. The format, which sees a panel of celebrities helping contestants by filling in missing blanks, will return to Saturday nights on BBC One for following a Christmas special that aired in 2020. The 10 x 35-minute show is being […]

ITV adapts Spain’s ‘Game Of Talents’ and Belgium’s ‘Professor T’ formats

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local adaptation of Spanish gameshow format Game Of Talents, while filming has commenced on new crime drama Professor T, based on a Belgian scripted format. Game Of Talents is based on a format created by Fremantle and is being produced by Fremantle-owned Thames. The show sees contestants team up […]

Fremantle’s Thames names creative chief & director of programmes

I Can See Your Voice producer Thames has promoted Shona Baldwin to become creative director and appointed Charlie Irwin to the newly created role of director of programmes. Baldwin takes up the role previously held by Phil Harris, who joined Channel 4 last year. She was most recently director of development at Thames, having joined […]

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 […]

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