FremantleMedia strikes Mark Burnett format deal

FremantleMedia is to produce local versions of Mark Burnett formats in Australia and New Zealand after the two companies struck a production deal.

The move will see FremantleMedia Australia, which is run by Ian Hogg, produce formats from Mark Burnett’s One Three Television, which includes Survivor and The Apprentice.

This is the first major international deal for Mark Burnett following the sale of a stake in his company to US media company Hearst in April and the subsequent launch of a joint venture.

FremantleMedia Australia will have access to Burnett’s entire back catalogue as well as new shows that are currently in development.

C Scot Cru, head of international distribution and production, Mark Burnett International, said: We want to do more original production in Australia and New Zealand and we think partnering with FremantleMedia Australia is a big step in making that happen.”