The X Factor


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 & […]

US X Factor axed as Cowell returns to UK show

US broadcast network Fox has cancelled The X Factor after three seasons and the format’s creator and judge Simon Cowell is returning to the UK to shore up the original version of the talent show. Fox last week cited poor ratings for its version of the format as a key reason for its underperformance. The […]

Originals and English reshape US Hispanic TV

TV channels chasing US Hispanic viewers are programming an ever increasing amount of original content to win share among the young and increasingly affluent target demographic, reports Stewart Clarke. Eyeball-winning original programming and moves by some to programme English-language channels and content for the US Hispanic population are shaping the Latino and wider media sectors […]

Analysis: Is Rising Star the new X Factor?

Rising Star has set the formats world alight with deals for local versions agreed in a host of the world’s biggest TV markets. The show was never far from the lips of the TV community at MIPCOM and has continued to dominate the conversation since. But is the Israeli-originated talent show the real thing – […]

Seven wins Aussie ratings war

Seven Network has won the annual ratings battle fought by Australia’s commercial channels, beating fierce rival Nine into second and Ten into third. Seven won a 40.2%overall share in the 2013 ratings year, comfortably ahead of Nine with 37.4%. Third-ranked Ten had a 22.4% share through the ratings year. Nine did win the most viewers […]

FremantleMedia seals new X Factor deals

The X Factor has been renewed by several key free-to-air broadcasters and the show’s distributor, FremantleMedia, has sealed deals for four more local versions of the music competition series. New deals for The X Factor include a recommission from Seven Network for the Australian version of the show. DR1 (Denmark), TVN (Poland), Channel One (Russia) […]

TV’s conscious effort

Cruel critiques and manufactured conflict have been replaced by supportive smiles, warm hugs and a belief that shows should seek to transform someone’s prospects or help them grow emotionally in an ongoing raft of caring sharing formats reports Andy Fry. There was a time between 2003 and 2009 when factual and entertainment formats seemed to […]

News brief: The X Factor introduces Shazam voting

US viewers of The X Factor will be able to vote for their favourite artists via Shazam for the first time from early next month. Using the Shazam app viewers will be able to vote and to buy songs performed by the acts on the show. There will also be additional video and X Factor […]

Hindle restructures FremantleMedia’s digital operation

FremantleMedia has restructured its digital operations, putting several of its execs in senior positions. The RTL-owned producer and distributor implemented a wide-ranging restructure earlier this year, part of which was creating a Digital and Branded Entertainment arm. Keith Hindle (above), who was previously CEO of the Americas for the company’s now defunct licensing and distribution […]

NBCU poaches FremantleMedia exec

NBCUniversal has recruited Jacqueline Moreton from FremantleMedia and she will join the studio’s International TV Production division in London as senior VP, business affairs. NBCU said Moreton will be “instrumental in implementing NBCU International TV Production’s strategy as it enters its next phase of growth”. At FremantleMedia she was head of legal and business affairs […]