NBC Says Probe Clears ‘America’s Got Talent’

NBC and the show’s producers say an outside review found Gabrielle Union’s complaints of racism were unfounded and had “no bearing” on the show’s decision to drop her as a judge,

FremantleMedia Rebrands With Mullin At Helm

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.

RTL ‘Steps Out’ Of Battle For Endemol Shine

ABC’s ‘Idol’ Producers Defend Costs, Seacrest

TV’s former ‘Death Star’ gets Disney’s playbook and surprisingly strong ad sales as it returns for a reboot with its venerable host facing a harassment claim.

FremantleMedia NA Adds 3 Scripted Execs

FremantleMedia North America has added three executives to its scripted division. Reid Shane has joined the company as EVP of production; Jennifer Sherwood is the new SVP of scripted development; and Oliver Jones becomes director of scripted development.  Shane will report to FMNA’s EVP of scripted business operations and production, Susan Gross, and will oversee […]

FremantleMedia Getting Out Of Kids Content

FremantleMedia is moving out of the kids and family space after selling its children’s division to Canadian firm Boat Rocker. The move will see the Toronto-based firm acquire FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division.

FMNA Taps Dinsmore For Alternative Chief

Former NBC and CMT executive Jayson Dinsmore will oversee FremantleMedia North America’s domestic and global development strategy.

FremantleMedia Buys Drama Arm Of Essential Media

FremantleMedia Adds Katrina Neylon In Global Role

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH JENNIFER MULLIN

At FremantleMedia, The Game Is Always Afoot

This past summer, ABC scored big with its “Sunday Fun and Games” block comprising Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey, The 100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan and Match Game with Alec Baldwin.Among those enjoying the resurgence in game shows is FremantleMedia’s Jennifer Mullin, a producer of many of the most popular titles in the genre. She talks about the staying power of games in both daytime and primetime and the growing opportunities for them.

Fremantle Buys Majority Of Israeli Production Firm

Toby Gorman New EVP Alternative At Fremantle

FremantleMedia Intl. CEO Ellender To Exit

He spent 12 years at the RTL Group unit, which produces such format hits as American Idol and The X Factor.

FremantleMedia Names Sangeeta Desai COO-CFO

Ex-‘Price is Right’ Model Wins Suit Against Show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors awarded nearly $777,000 Tuesday to a former “The Price is Right” model who claimed she was discriminated against by producers because of her pregnancy. Brandi Cochran, 41, said she was rejected by the game show’s producers when she tried to return to work in early 2010 after taking maternity leave. […]

FremantleMedia Slots Beers As New CEO

Thom Beers, who has spearheaded multiple network-defining series, will look to resuscitate a few at Fox. Beers, the mastermind behind History’s Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men, is taking over as CEO of FremantleMedia in North America.

FremantleMedia, Random House In TV Pact

In a corporate-sibling partnership that could help FremantleMedia build a scripted programming business in the U.S., the production company has inked a first-look deal with Random House to co-develop shows based on book titles.

Fremantle Names Kinane U.S. Ent. President

Outgoing FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is beginning to assign her responsibilities as she prepares to move to London for her new job as CEO of parent company FremantleMedia. Trish Kinane has joined FMNA as president of entertainment programming — American Idol, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent, effective Aug. 1.

Barry Josephson Inks Deal With FremantleMedia

Cecile Frot-Coutaz Named FremantleMedia CEO

Fox Picks Up Fremantle Dating Game Show

FremantleMedia’s stateside incarnation of speed-dating U.K. series Take Me Out bows June 7.

Fremantle In First-Look Deal With Hulu

Morgan Spurlock’s documentary series A Day In The Life will be the first Hulu original project that Fremantle will take to international markets with a focus on selling the content to traditional media platforms.

Fremantle CEO: ‘X Factor’ To Get Makeover

As significant changes are coming to The X Factor this fall, a top executive involved in production suggested the Fox show needs to be more distinctive from the other talent competition series. “Our job for the next season is to really figure out what’s different about X Factor,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America.

Simon Spalding Out At FremantleMedia