FremantleMedia Taps Former BBC Entertainment Exec Sean Hancock As VP

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 1:38pm PST

HANCOCK Sean (1)FremantleMedia North America has named former BBC Entertainment executive and producer Sean Hancock as VP Alternative Programming, CEO Thom Beers announced today. Hancock begins his new position April 28 reporting to Read More »

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Toby Gorman To Head FremantleMedia North America’s Unscripted Department

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:13am PST
Nellie Andreeva

gormanFormer top reality producer-turned-FremantleMedia North America CEO Thom Beers has picked a person with the same background to head the company’s unscripted development. Veteran reality producer Toby Gorman has joined FMNA as EVP of Alternative Programming,  effective mid-April. He will spearhead the development of formats for reality competition and game shows for broadcast, major cable networks as well as syndication. He replaces Jeff Tahler, EVP Global Content. “FremantleMedia aims to continue to build on its strong presence in reality, game show and other unscripted television, and Toby has earned a wonderful reputation as a terrific series producer and show runner,” Beers said. The company behind American Idol, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent, Family Feud and Beers’ The Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers has struggled to add another marquee reality franchise to its portfolio over the last couple of years though it has a promising new syndicated entry in Craig Ferguson’s Celebrity Name Game. Read More »

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Craig Ferguson-Hosted ‘Celebrity Name Game’ Cleared In 80% Of U.S.

The Craig Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game iscraig_ferguson__120928183323 (1) set to launch on 58 Sinclair stations, four CBS O&Os and others, pushing clearances for the fall 2014 syndicated pop culture game show past 80% of the U.S — up from … Read More »

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Tribune Nabs Craig Ferguson-Hosted ‘Celebrity Name Game’ From Debmar-Mercury

Debmar-Mercury has sold nationally syndicated pop culture game show Celebrity Name Game to Tribune Broadcasting stations covering 40% of the U.S. Hosted by The Late, Late Show‘s Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, based on the … Read More »

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Syndicated Pop Culture Game Show With Craig Ferguson Set For Fall 2014 Launch Via FremantleMedia, Debmar-Mercury & Coquette

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FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Debmar-Mercury for Celebrity Name Game, a fast-paced game show slated for a fall 2014 nationally syndicated launch with The Late Late Show’s Craig Ferguson hosting. The half-hour strip, based on the board game Identity Crisis, was developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Prods with Scott St. John (Deal Or No Deal), who will serve as showrunner. Ferguson’s involvement stems from the project’s first incarnation at CBS where Coquette sold it as a pilot two years ago under the title Identity Crisis with Ferguson hosting. In Celebrity Name Game, celebrities team with contestants to identify famous names including actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians and even cartoon characters. “Celebrity Name Game is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy,” said FMNA CEO Thom Beers, noting the company’s success with game shows hosted by comedians like Drew Carey (The Price Is Right), Steve Harvey (Family Feud) and Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal). This marks the second syndicated collaboration between FMNA and Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, along with Family Feud, which is produced by FMNA and distributed by Deb-Mer. Read More »

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FremantleMedia North America Hires Christine Shaw As SVP Communications & Marketing

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT

Former BBC Worldwide exec Christine Shaw has joined FremantleMedia North America as SVP Communications and Marketing, where she will lead all PR and marketing efforts for the company’s library of TV properties that includes American Idol, The X Read More »

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FremantleMedia North America Hires Gayle Gilman To Oversee Digital Content

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT

Burbank, CA – FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has named Gayle Gilman as the new Executive Vice President, Digital Content, effective immediately. Gilman will oversee the creation of all original digital content, including The Pet Collective, the fastest growing pet

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FremantleMedia North America Taps Lee Rierson As COO

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT

Burbank, CA – FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) Chief Executive Officer Thom Beers has named Lee Rierson as Chief Operating Officer, effective July 22. In his position as COO, reporting to Beers, Rierson will oversee Production, Business and Legal Affairs, Communications and Marketing, Business Development and Strategic Planning. FMNA’s current slate of shows includes “American Idol,” “The X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Price is Right,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Family Feud,” among others.

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FremantleMedia North America COO Donna Redier Linsk To Depart

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EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America COO Donna Redier Linsk has opted not to renew her contract. Redier Linsk will exit the company in July and segue into a new role as a consultant at FMNA’s Fox series American Idol until December. Chief Operating Officer was a new position established by FMNA in 2009 when Redier Linsk was brought in by then-CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz from Fox Broadcasting, where she had been SVP Business Affairs and Alternative Production for five years. At FMNA, Redier Linsk oversaw production, finance, business and legal affairs for all of the company’s entertainment programming and was actively involved in day-to-day production of American Idol, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent. FMNA is expected to name a replacement. “I want to thank Donna for the contribution she made to our business over the last four years,” said Frot-Coutaz, now CEO of parent company FremantleMedia. “She brought us her relentless rigor, business acumen, passion for production and incredible dedication. I will miss her dearly.” Added FMNA CEO Thom Beers, “Donna is an amazing talent.” Read More »

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It’s Official: Craig Cegielski Joins FremantleMedia As EVP Scripted, Stefanie Berk SVP

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 10:10am PDT
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Burbank, CA – FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has named Craig Cegielski to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming and Development. The announcement was made today by Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America to whom Cegielski reports. Stefanie Berk has also joined the company as Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming and Development, reporting to Cegielski.

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Craig Cegielski Joins Fremantle Media As EVP Scripted, Stefanie Berk As SVP

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 4:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is assembling a new scripted programming team. I’ve learned that former Lionsgate TV and GK-tv executive Craig Cegielski has been tapped as EVP Scripted Programming and Development. He’s being joined by Playtone’s Stefanie … Read More »

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FremantleMedia North America Taps Alex Demyanenko SVP Non-Fiction Development

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Alex Demyanenko has joined FremantleMedia North America in the newly created position of SVP, Non-Fiction Development and Programming. Under new CEO Thom Beers, FMNA is splitting development and … Read More »

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FremantleMedia North America’s Head Of Scripted Tony Optican Exits

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 5:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Optican is leaving FremantleMedia North America after a four-year stint as head of the company’s scripted programming division. I hear his contract was up and was not renewed. FMNA is already looking for a replacement for … Read More »

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Thom Beers To Be Named CEO Of FremantleMedia North America

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 3:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s a done deal. I’ve learned that FremantleMedia this week will announce the long-rumored appointment of Thom Beers as CEO of FremantleMedia North America. The prolific producer will succeed longtime FMNA CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz who on July 1st … Read More »

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Cécile Frot-Coutaz Named CEO Of FremantleMedia, Tony Cohen Exits

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 10:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Longtime FremantleMedia North America CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz is being promoted to CEO of the entire FremantleMedia company, which is owned by RTL. Frot-Coutaz will assume her new duties on July 1 and will be based in London. She will replace Tony Cohen who is stepping down. As for FMNA, it is yet unclear who will succeed Frot-Coutaz in the top post. “After being with the group for 17 years, Cécile has the vision and leadership that are needed to further grow FremantleMedia,” Guillaume de Posch, Co-CEO of RTL Group. “She brings expertise and drive from the largest TV market in the world and combines her creative skills as a producer with a sharp business perspective.” De Posch went on to thank Cohen. Read More »

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FremantleMedia Signs Deal With ‘Wipeout’ Creator Matt Kunitz

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 8:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Matt Kunitz Wipeout FremantleMediaEXCLUSIVE: After six years at NBC Universal and six at Endemol, reality producer Matt Kunitz is teaming with FremantleMedia North America. Kunitz, creator/executive producer of Wipeout and executive producer of Fear Factor, has signed a multi-year overall … Read More »

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‘Family Feud’ Renewed Through 2015 In 75% Of U.S., Goes HD

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 11:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Distributor Debmar-Mercury has renewed Family Feud through 2015 in more than 75% of the U.S. on stations that belong to Fox, Sinclair, CBS, Tribune, Cox, Capital, NBC, Sunbeam, Newport and Belo broadcast groups. The show, hosted by Steve … Read More »

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Syfy Picks Up ‘Total Blackout’ Game Show

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 1:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Syfy has picked up Total Blackout, a half-hour comedic game show from FremantleMedia North America that places contestants in complete darkness to compete in challenges. The series will start production October 18 for a 2012 premiere. Jaleel White (Family Matters) … Read More »

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Fremantle Reboots ‘Universal Soldier’; Hires ‘National Treasure’ Creator To Pen Treasure Caper TV Series

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 3:03am PDT

MIPCOM: Those of you who cheered when Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren went mano-a-mano in Roland Emmerich’s 1992 sci-flick Universal Soldier will be pleased to know that it is being rebooted as a TV series. Damian Kindler (Stargate, Sanctuary) … Read More »

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