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Fremantle (//, formerly FremantleMedia) is a multinational television production and distribution company based in London. It was formed in 2001 following the 2000 merger of Pearson Television and Bertelsmann's CLT-UFA to form the RTL Group.
|Founded||20 August 2001|
|Jennifer Mullin (CEO)|
In 2000, German conglomerate Bertelsmann announced that it would form a joint venture between its CLT-UFA group (itself a merger of Luxembourg's CLT and German studio UFA GmbH) with Pearson Television (whose library included former British ITV franchise Thames Television, All American Television—who owned the libraries of Lexington Broadcast Services and game show producers Mark Goodson Productions and Fremantle International, and Australia's Reg Grundy Organisation) to create a multinational media group and content business—eventually known as RTL Group—to consolidate their broadcasting and production activities, and provide a European competitor American-owned media conglomerates.
In July 2018, FrementleMedia North America CEO Jennifer Mullin was named the new CEO of the worldwide company. replacing the outgoing Cecile Frot-Coutaz. In September 2018, the company rebranded as "Fremantle", introducing a new handwritten logo.
Fremantle is known for its ownership of a number of non-scripted formats, including the talent competitions Idols, Got Talent, and The X Factor (the latter two with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment), and game shows via its ownership of the libraries of U.S. producer Goodson-Todman Productions, Australian producer Reg Grundy, and others, which includes formats such as Family Feud, The Price is Right, and Sale of the Century among others.
Via the Reg Grundy library, Fremantle Australia owns a number of notable Australian dramas and soap operas, including the long-running Neighbours and Prisoner. In the mid-2010's, Fremantle began to increasingly pursue a strategy of producing "high-end" scripted dramas to diversify its output, including American Gods, Beecham House, Charité, Deutschland 83, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Rain, and The Young Pope. The strategy proved successful for the company, with international dramas having accounted for increasing portions of Fremantle's overall revenue.
Production offices and labelsEdit
Fremantle has production units across its global offices and network of production companies and labels on the ground in over 30 territories.
In the USA, Fremantle's production & distribution division, Fremantle North America is based in Burbank, California and includes a portfolio of companies. Fremantle North America produces & distributes scripted and alternative programs for broadcast and cable networks, syndication, and streaming platforms.
In addition, Fremantle North America owns several other smaller production companies; among these are Thom Beers' Original Productions (responsible for creation and production of numerous reality shows such as Deadliest Catch, Ax Men, and Ice Road Truckers) and Amygdala Music, Leslie Beers' production and composition firm that writes themes, incidental, and featured music for Original Productions shows. 495 Productions has specialised in developing programs.
Here are all of the production and/or distribution labels from Fremantle:
- Euston Films (United Kingdom)
- Castlefield (United Kingdom)
- Hare and Tortoise (United Kingdom)
- Thames (United Kingdom)
- Talkback (United Kingdom)
- UFA GmbH (Germany)
- UFA Fiction
- UFA Serial Drama
- UFA Show & Factual
- Original Productions (United States)
- Amygdala Music
- 495 Productions (United States)
- Fontaram Productions (France)
- Kwaï (France)
- Fiction Valley (Netherlands)
- Blu (Denmark)
- No Pictures Please (Netherlands; 100% ownership since 1 January 2020)
- Wildside (Italy)
- The Apartment (Italy) (Created in December 2019 )
- Blue Circle (Netherlands)
- Miso Film (Denmark)
- Easy Tiger (Australia)
- Ludia (Canada) (game development)
- Abot Hameiri Communication Ltd. (Israel)
- Eureka Productions (Australia/United States)
- UMI Mobile (Canada) (mobile game development)
- Naked Television (United Kingdom; formed from merger of Boundless and Naked Entertainment)
- Full Fat TV (United Kingdom)
- Man Alive Entertainment (United Kingdom)
- Dr Pluto Films (United Kingdom) (joint venture with James Abadi and Sam Pollard)
- Wild Blue Media (United Kingdom)
- Dancing Ledge Productions (United Kingdom; 25% stake)
- Duck Soup Films (United Kingdom)
- Bend It TV (United Kingdom)
- Label1 (United Kingdom)
- The Immigrant (United States/Spain/Latin America; with Bron Media, Camila Jiménez-Villa and Silvana Aguirre; 25% stake)
- Wavy (Italy)
- Random House Studio (United States)
- Random House Films
- Random House Television
- Buzzr (Digital broadcast television network, United States)
- Adam Dawtrey (20 August 2001). "Pearson TV placed on Fremantle". Variety. London.[failed verification] search result at Variety: Pearson TV placed on Fremantle. Adam Dawtrey. Aug 20, 2001 ARTICLE. LONDON -- Pearson Television has been renamed FremantleMedia. Move follows last year's merger of Pearson TV with CLT/Ufa to create RTL Group and reflects the fact that Pearson TV is no longer part of British media group Pearson (search result in September-2020)
- Andreas Uhlig (8 April 2000). "Gründung eines europäischen Fernsehgiganten Kooperation von Bertelsmann und Pearson". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). p. 25.
- Jason Deans (21 August 2001). "Pearson TV revives Thames TV brand". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- Gunhild Freese (13 April 2000). "Die europäische Antwort". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 15 June 2020.
- Roland Mayrl (6 February 2001). "RTL sendet mehrheitlich für Bertelsmann". Wirtschaftsblatt (in German). p. 1.
- "Bertelsmann sichert sich die Vorherrschaft im TV-Geschäft". Handelsblatt (in German). 6 February 2001. p. 25.
- White, Peter (25 January 2018). "FremantleMedia Moves Out Of Kids Content, Sells Unit To Canada's Boat Rocker". Retrieved 30 April 2019.
- Stewart Clarke (26 July 2018). "FremantleMedia Names Jennifer Mullin New CEO". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
- Stewart Clarke (7 September 2018). "FremantleMedia Rebrands as Fremantle, With Jennifer Mullin Newly at the Helm". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
- Jake Kanter (13 July 2020). "Fremantle Podcast Label Storyglass Spun Out Into Standalone Company Within Bertelsmann Group". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- Tom Grater (9 September 2020). "Fremantle Merges UK Factual Labels". deadline.com. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "FremantleMedia eyes French drama push". TBI Vision. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
- White, Peter (7 March 2018). "FremantleMedia's High-End Drama Push Helps Bolster Parent Group RTL". Deadline. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
- White, Peter (29 August 2018). "Drama Push Helps 'American Gods' Producer FremantleMedia's Bottom Line As It Seeks Funding For 35 Projects". Deadline. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
- "Q&A: Euston Films' Kate Harwood". Drama Quarterly. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "BBC Studios exec arrives at Euston". C21media. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "Growing drama slate". www.rtlgroup.com. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- Stephen Chapman (7 June 2019). "Fremantle seeks "creatively brave" dramas with Castlefield launch". Prolific North. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- David de Jong (30 October 2019). "Fremantle neemt No Pictures Please volledig over en begint nieuw label" [Fremantle to acquire full ownership of No Pictures Please]. Nederlands MediaNieuws. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
- Nick Vivarelli (20 January 2020). "Sky Italia's Vision Distribution to Launch Film Sales Company at Berlin's EFM". Variety. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
- Jake Kanter (26 February 2020). "Simon Andreae To Run Fremantle In The UK After Group Takes Full Control Of Naked Television". deadline.com. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
- "Home | Dancing Ledge Productions". Retrieved 22 June 2020.
- Veronica Villafañe (31 October 2019). "Fremantle Expands Into Latino Market, Buys Stake In Production Company The Immigrant". Forbes. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- SemiColonWeb. "FormatBiz - 'Italian and WorldWide Format TV News' | Canale5 quiz Chi Vuol Essere Milionario? won pt slot with 3m (14.4%)". www.formatbiz.it. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
- Lieberman, David (18 July 2016). "FremantleMedia Buys Random House Studio With New TV-Movie Alliance". Deadline. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 4 August 2016.