Fremantle, the RTL-owned global production empire behind shows including American Idol, Too Hot To Handle and We Are Who We Are, suffered a 39% drop in earnings as the coronavirus pandemic wiped out TV shoots across the world.
Fremantle is the latest company to extend the holiday production hiatus on a number of its shows to protect against the latest surge in COVID-19 numbers. Daytime game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal have extended their breaks coming out of the Christmas holidays. Both were originally set to return to production in the first two weeks of January but will now not start back until the end of the month.
Fremantle, ITV Studios and BBC Studios say they will not attend the Mipcom TV market in Cannes (Oct 12-15) amid coronavirus concerns. ITV will host the ITV Studios Fall Festival, a series of virtual content sessions for buyers held over three weeks from Sept. 14.
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Under CEO Jennifer Mullin, Suzanne Lopez appointed COO of North American operations, Tim Grau assumes the role of EVP of business and legal affairs for unscripted, Dan Funk named EVP of unscripted production and Meredith Berens joins as SVP of human resources.
TV show producer and distributor Fremantle is making a bet on scripted drama podcasts. With new global label Storyglass, it aims to release eight scripted drama series by the end of next summer. Although release dates haven’t been set, Storyglass has announced two podcast series are ready to go.
Spanish-language broadcasting network EstrellaTV has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Fremantle to produce the Spanish-language version of Family Feud. EstrellaTV and Fremantle are set to co-produce 100 Latinos Dijeron, the Spanish-language version of the American classic game show, which has spawned multiple adaptations in more than 50 international markets outside of the United States.The […]
FremantleMedia has dropped the “Media” from its name and is now simply Fremantle. The name change was announced in the same week that Jennifer Mullin took the reins as CEO of the production and distribution giant.
FremantleMedia North America, the production company best known for keeping American Idol and The Price is Right on the airwaves, commissioned its digital content studio Tiny Riot! last year to begin revamping classic game shows from its library of more than 150 series, such as Password and Body Language, for its ad-supported Buzzr channel on YouTube.