FremantleMedia Group Limited (/ˈfriːˌmæntəl/) is a British
international television content and production/distribution
subsidiary of Bertelsmann's RTL Group, Europe's largest TV, radio, and
production company. Its world headquarters are located in London.
The company acquired various British, Australian, and American
production companies including Talkback, Thames
Television (the last
two later merged as Talkback Thames), Grundy Television, Crackerjack
Productions (now merged to become
FremantleMedia Australia), the
Carruthers Company (Press Your Luck, Second Chance),
Goodson-Todman Productions (later Mark Goodson Productions, now
FremantleMedia North America). Early on, it merged with
Germany's largest television production company, UFA.
1 Production and rights holdings
2 Company structure
2.1 Reorganisation of UK brands
3 List of
5 External links
Production and rights holdings
The company holds the rights to shows such as Let's Make a Deal,
Family Feud and Press Your Luck. Fremantle also produced Temptation
and an interactive gameshow
Quizmania for ITV Play.
They own (along with Sony Pictures Entertainment) the rights to most
of the post-1948
Bob Hope film catalogue that includes The Seven
Little Foys, The Lemon Drop Kid, and Son of Paleface. They were also
the distributors of the television series Baywatch.
In-house productions include
Pop Idol and its related spin-offs
(including American Idol), and three carryover productions from Mark
Goodson Productions: the current versions of The Price Is Right, and
Family Feud, and the 2002 revival of
Beat the Clock
Beat the Clock (for Pax TV).
Currently, they hold rights (under license from Fuji Television) to
the game Brain Wall, more commonly known as Hole in the Wall in over
They have also licensed rights to international formats including The
Apprentice (with creator Mark Burnett for BBC One), The Janice
Dickinson Modeling Agency (on Oxygen in the United States), the Simon
Cowell-produced series The X Factor (in the UK), and America's Got
Talent for NBC, the long running Australian serials
Prisoner, Distraction (on Comedy Central), and Gameshow Marathon (on
CBS). In other countries, they own the franchise rights to Betty La
Germany (Verliebt in Berlin),
Spain (Yo Soy Bea), the
Netherlands (Lotte), Sara in Belgium, and Maria I Asximi in Greece.
FremantleMedia also holds international distribution rights to the
Three's Company franchise, which all shows are based off Thames' Man
About the House and its spin-offs.
The company also owns the back catalogue of the American TV production
company Reeves Entertainment, which was acquired by Thames in 1990.
FremantleMedia bought the rights to all former
programming of the now defunct UK broadcasting strand Thames
Television from Pearson International in 2002, meaning they also hold
rights to a variety of shows from the Thames archives including
popular children's shows from the 1970s and 1980s such as the long
The Sooty Show
The Sooty Show and Rainbow.
FremantleMedia bought a controlling share of the Canadian video game
Ludia in October 2010.
On 19 November 2012,
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) announced a
major new distribution agreement with
WWE for the exclusive home
entertainment rights to WWE's catalogue of programming across Europe,
the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The deal goes into effect in
January 2013 and will see FME manage the DVD, Blu-ray, and digital
rights for all new and existing
WWE content, making it the first time
that fans of WWE's popular programming can access it digitally across
On 1 February 2013,
FremantleMedia announced they will dismantle its
FremantleMedia Enterprises division into two stand-alone global
divisions; one for kids & family entertainment and distribution
and the other for digital and branded entertainment. In April 2013,
FremantleMedia announced a partnership with digital network Blip to
develop a new pet-related entertainment destination on Blip powered by
FremantleMedia's digital programming site, The Pet Collective. The Pet
Collective was Launched online in April 2012, and is a digital
producer of animal-friendly content that celebrates the connection
between animals and their human companions.
On 30 January 2014,
FremantleMedia was in negotiations to acquire
rival All3Media. On 26 March 2014,
FremantleMedia acquired a 75%
stake in 495 Productions, with an option to acquire the remaining 25%
in the near future.
On 13 October 2017,
FremantleMedia announced that they have acquired
the worldwide format rights to the classic game show Supermarket
Sweep and that a revival of the show was in the works.
In January 2018, Fremantle sold its children's production studio to
Canadian studio Boat Rocker.
FremantleMedia International is the global distribution division which
is responsible for global sales across Linear Television, Digital and
Home Entertainment platforms of finished content, format sales in
non-production territories as well as acquiring and developing new
programmes for the international market.
FremantleMedia's US production & distribution division is
FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA). Based in Burbank, California,
FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America and its portfolio of companies, including
Original Productions and 495 Productions, is a content studio which
produces & distributes scripted and alternative programs for
broadcast and cable networks, syndication, and digital (online &
FremantleMedia 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.
Reorganisation of UK brands
In November 2011, it was announced that
FremantleMedia were to
reorganise the British operations from 1 January 2012. Talkback Thames
brand would be split into four different labels within the newly
FremantleMedia UK production arm:
Boundless for factual programming.
Retort for scripted comedy.
Talkback for comedy.
Thames for mainstream entertainment.
Main article: List of
FremantleMedia acquires games developer". Retrieved 13 October
^ Jeremy Dickson "Kidscreen" 1 February 2013
FremantleMedia reorg to
focus on kids, family and distribution kidscreen.com, Retrieved on 11
^ Clancy, Michelle. "
FremantleMedia extends the Pet Collective online
TV content to Blip - Online Video - News - Rapid TV News".
All3Media takeover talks broadcastnow.co.uk 30
January 2014, Retrieved on 31 March 2014
^ NELLIE ANDREEVA "Deadline"
FremantleMedia Acquires Majority Stake In
SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Prods. deadline.com, Retrieved on 31 March
^ "FREMANTLEMEDIA GOES WILD IN THE AISLES WITH SUPERMARKET SWEEP"
^ White, Peter (25 January 2018). "
FremantleMedia Moves Out Of Kids
Content, Sells Unit To Canada's Boat Rocker". deadline.com. Retrieved
15 March 2018.
^ Conlan, Tara (23 November 2011). "
Talkback Thames to be split up".
Retrieved 13 October 2016 – via The Guardian.
FremantleMedia's old Website (Pearson Television)
FremantleMedia's 2nd original website
FremantleMedia's original Website
FremantleMedia Australia's website
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