FremantleMedia North America


Fremantle taps ex-CMT exec for unscripted post

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has hired former CMT development head Jayson Dinsmore as president of alternative programming and development. Dinsmore replaces former executive vice president Toby Gorman, who exited last year to join a new A. Smith unit created in November. In his new role, Dinsmore will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development […]

History greenlights Bill Clinton scripted drama

A+E’s History has ordered a six-episode scripted drama series titled The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, the first of an annual presidential miniseries strand first announced in March. Based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, the series will be executive produced […]

Fremantle hires ex-Chernin TV chief for drama

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has named ex-Chernin Entertainment TV chief Dante Di Loreto as its president of scripted entertainment. The position is a new one. Its creation comes after news of the departure Craig Cegielski, who oversaw FMNA’s scripted business as co-CEO, emerged earlier month. Di Loreto will report to Jennifer Mullin, who is now […]

Cegielski departs FremantleMedia North America co-CEO role

Craig Cegielski is leaving FremantleMedia North America, where he has been co-CEO for three years. His co-CEO Jennifer Mullin, will take over as the company’s sole chief executive. Commenting on his departure, FM CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said FMNA was “in brilliant shape”. “Our unscripted output continues to enjoy outstanding success, strengthened further by the return next season […]

Segal exiting CEO post at Fremantle prodco

Philip Segal is to leave FremantleMedia North America-owned Original Productions this spring. Segal will exit his CEO post at the end of his current contract, with Original COO and executive VP of business affairs Ernie Avila and EVP of development and programming Sarah Whalen taking over in the interim. Original sits alongside unscripted prodcos such […]

Ex-Core exec joins Turner in unscripted post

Turner has hired former Core Media Group exec Jenny Ramirez as VP, unscripted programming, at US cable entertainment nets TBS and TNT. She joins from American indie Irwin Entertainment, where she was senior VP, development and co-executive producer on a range of specials for broadcast network NBC. Based out of Turner’s LA office, she will […]

Deal round up: Fremantle pitches in with Tent City

FremantleMedia North America has scored a production deal with US prodco Tent City Entertainment, to-line news in today’s round up. The deal will see FremantleMedia’s US arm working with Tent City co-founders and former LMNO Productions execs Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Lisa Bourgoujian (pictured) on true crime programming. LA-based Tent City is known for shows […]

Fremantle and MTG digital firms launch music format

FremantleMedia’s Tiny Riot! and MTG-owned Zoomin.TV have teamed to launch Continuum, a new music format that will start online before, they hope, transferring to TV. The digital firms’ new format will see four YouTube stars from four different countries, who have never met each other, united to create new songs and tap into each other’s fan […]

Fremantle exec to lead A. Smith unit as BASE folds

US reality giant A. Smith & Co. is merging with Tinopolis Group sister BASE Productions, whose founder will no longer be part of management. The structural move will see A. Smith dividing into A. Smith and Co. Entertainment and A. Smith & Co. Dox, with FremantleMedia North America executive VP, alternative programming Toby Gorman (pictured, […]

Buzzr pressed in Canada

US gameshow network Buzzr is expanding north of the border into Canada, marking what its owner claims is the first time a multicast channel has done so. Buzzr will go out exclusively in Canada on commercial network Yes TV, which distributes to about seven million viewers, as a three-hour programing block. From tonight, the channel […]

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