The X Factor


We’re going on a millennials hunt

With Planet Earth II beating reality TV programmes to audiences – including those crucial, lucrative millennials – Emily Bright talks to natural history documentary producers and channels about how they’re attracting new audiences The BBC’s seminal natural history documentary Planet Earth II beat The X Factor in the UK Christmas ratings stake last year, even […]

ITVS Oz appoints Fremantle’s Hart as content head

ITV Studios Australia (ITVSA) has appointed FremantleMedia Australia (FMA)’s Beth Hart as head of content. Hart will be responsible for all ITVSA commissioned shows. She will begin her role in September. Hart has worked in both the UK and Australia on a range of top-rated shows. Her UK executive producer credits include The X Factor, Hell’s […]

Digging into CEE

The number of pay TV homes in Central and Eastern Europe are set to fall, but international distributors tell TBI business in the region is booming A Digital TV Research report earlier this year forecast the number of pay television homes in Central and Eastern Europe to fall in 18 territories across the region in […]

Dancing and X Factor exec lands Fox job

Former BBC Worldwide and Syco programming exec Rob Wade is the new head of alternative programming at Fox. Wade becomes president, alternative entertainment and specials at the US broadcast network. He has worked on the US versions of several big international entertainment shows. He was showrunner on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and exec producer […]

X Factor introduces Facebook auditions

UK talent show The X Factor is to give potential contestants the chance to audition on the Facebook Live! Platform. Show host Dermot O’Leary will record a Facebook Live message on the X Factor Facebook page telling potential candidates how to use the platform to audition today, kicking off the general call for applicants at […]

Bedell latest to exit ITV

ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell following Peter Fincham out of the door at the UK broadcaster. Bedell has decided to step down from her post after seven years with London-based ITV, during which time she has commissioned and overseen shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday […]

ITV wins The Voice, questions over X Factor

UK pubcaster the BBC has confirmed it will no longer show The Voice after the upcoming fifth season ends, with rival broadcaster ITV understood to have poached the singing talent series. ITV currently shows FremantleMedia format The X Factor and if The Voice deal is confirmed the future of that show on ITV will be […]

Caroline Beaton: Why niche is the new normal

In an increasingly fragmented TV landscape, should broadcasters and producers focus more on niche formats than on trying to recreate the entertainment and reality juggernauts of the noughties, says Viacom International Media Networks senior VP, international programme sales Caroline Beaton. We’re told we are living through a ‘golden age’ of television, with intensifying competition for […]

Diana Buddingh: Freshen up your formats

FremantleMedia is the home to some of the best-loved brands and formats in the world: from Family Feud to Farmer Wants a Wife, through The X Factor, Idols and Got Talent. Many of these globally renowned titles have been on air for a decade or more, and often sit at the heart of the networks’ […]

FremantleMedia cuts deal with YouTube MCN BroadbandTV

Production company FremantleMedia has tapped YouTube multichannel network (MCN) provider BroadbandTV to track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 of its shows including American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent, Baywatch and The X Factor. FremantleMedia will use BroadbandTV’s content management team and Viso Novi technology platform to manage fan-produced content. BroadbandTV operates […]

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