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RTL Group strong despite ad slump and FremantleMedia profit up

RTL Group reported strong first half results, despite ad market decreases in all of its core markets except Germany, which remained stable year-on-year. The firm attributed these ad conditions for a slight decrease in revenue, which was down 1.3% year-on-year to €2.78 billion. However, profit was up 52.6% to €418 million, while reported EBITDA was […]

News brief: Luner lands new FremantleMedia role

FremantleMedia North America has promoted its executive VP of digital and licensing to a new role overseeing the firm’s ancillary businesses. David Luner is now executive VP, brand partnerships and franchise management, reporting into FMNA CEO Thom Beers. Luner’s new role will have him overseeing digital, integrated marketing and brand partnerships, licensing, live events, and […]

Mike Darnell lands top Warner Bros. unscripted role

Former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell has joined Warner Bros. in a wide-ranging role that hands him control of Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Darnell will become Warner Bros. Television Group’s first president, unscripted and alternative television on August 12, reporting to WBTG’s president and chief content officer Peter Roth. The job gives […]

FMNA appoints Shine America exec as new COO

FremantleMedia North America has appointed Shine Group’s US COO Lee Rierson to take on the same role at the American Idol producer. Rierson (left) will join FMNA on July 22, reporting to CEO Thom Beers. Under his remit falls production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning. FMNA is behind […]

News brief: MundoFox orders kids’ X Factor

US Hispanic channel MundoFox has ordered a Spanish-language children’s version of The X Factor. The Fox International Channels-owned network will launch El X Factor this summer. FremantleMedia Latin America is attached to produce the series, which will pit children between the ages of 8 and 15 against each other. The news comes soon after another […]

Bertelsmann confirms RTL stake sale

German publishing company Bertelsmann has confirmed that it plans to reduce its holding in broadcaster RTL Group, but maintain a majority stake of “at least 75%”. Following reports last month, Bertelsmann confirmed that it would complete the move by way of a “secondary public offering,” resulting in a significant increase in RTL Group shares. RTL […]

Money Drop ranked the most valuable format in Europe

Endemol’s Money Drop format has come top of a new list measuring the value created by TV formats in Europe. Endemol was also the leading distributor by overall value created by TV formats in 2012, followed by FremantleMedia and then ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Money Drop generated US$213.4 million ahead of last year’s winner Come […]

Endemol management shake-up continues with Paraskakis appointment

Endemol has announced another senior management change, appointing Fotini Paraskakis managing director of its Asian business. She joins from FremantleMedia Asia, where she was director of content. At Endemol, Paraskakis will step into a new role and oversee Endemol’s creative, production and format sales activities across Asia. She will report to Arjen van Mierlo, CEO […]

Thom Beers named FremantleMedia US boss

  Ice Road Truckers producer Thom Beers has been appointed as chief executive officer, FremantleMedia North America. Beers, who was previously chief executive of Original Productions, which he sold a stake to FremantleMedia in 2009, will assume the role at the start of September. He replaces and reports to Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, who […]