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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 […]

TV legend Grundy dies at 92

Australian television legend Reg Grundy has passed away at 92. Reports say he died in Bermuda, where he lived, on Friday. Grundy (pictured above, in 1959; and below right) is credited with developing hugely successful Australian soap opera Neighbours, ground-breaking women’s prison drama Prisoner: Cell Block H (recently rebooted as Wentworth) and TVNZ’s Shortland St. […]

Top execs exit FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America executives Lee Rierson and David Luner are exiting the business, TBI has confirmed. COO Rierson (pictured) has decided against renewing his contract, while president of brand partnerships and franchise management David Luner is joining Lionsgate as executive VP, worldwide TV marketing in January. Rierson, who joined FremantleMedia’s US and Canada arm from […]

FremantleMedia cuts deal with YouTube MCN BroadbandTV

Production company FremantleMedia has tapped YouTube multichannel network (MCN) provider BroadbandTV to track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 of its shows including American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent, Baywatch and The X Factor. FremantleMedia will use BroadbandTV’s content management team and Viso Novi technology platform to manage fan-produced content. BroadbandTV operates […]

FMNA appoints Shine America exec as new COO

FremantleMedia North America has appointed Shine Group’s US COO Lee Rierson to take on the same role at the American Idol producer. Rierson (left) will join FMNA on July 22, reporting to CEO Thom Beers. Under his remit falls production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning. FMNA is behind […]

French net to crown Shopping Queens

French broadcaster M6 has commissioned a local version of Turkish daily makeover show. The channel is getting its own version of Global Agency-distributed format Shopping Monsters, which will launch next month on June 10 in a daily 16.25 slot. It will be known locally as Les Reines du Shopping (Shopping Queens). Hervé Hubert, the French […]