Saverio Costanzo on Adapting Elena Ferrante’s Bestselling ‘My Brilliant Friend’

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“My Brilliant Friend,” based on the first of the four internationally bestselling “Neapolitan Novels” by Italian author Elena Ferrante, became the latest TV series Sunday to receive a prestigious world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The show, pr…

Talpa Forges Closer Ties With ITV; ‘America’s Got Talent’ Heads To Netflix UK – Global Briefs

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The Voice producer Talpa Media is to forge a closer relationship with parent company ITV after promoting Maarten Meijs to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Meijs, who has overseen the company’s Talpa Global business for a number of years, will be th…

BBC Partners With UKTV & FremantleMedia International On ‘Planet Earth’-Style Adventure Doc Series

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International TV business models are changing… the BBC has partnered with digital broadcaster UKTV to co-fund a Planet Earth-style documentary series produced by the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
BBC Two and UKTV’s Dave are partn…

MipTV: FremantleMedia Boards Working Title’s ‘Luminaries’ For International Distribution

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FremantleMedia International will handle international distribution on Working Title Television’s adaptation of Man Booker prize-winning novel “The Luminaries,” the company announced Tuesday. Produced by Working Title Television in association with FremantleMedia International and Silver Reel Television, the six-part adaptation for BBC Two is written by Eleanor Catton (pictured), based on her own novel. “This story […]

FremantleMedia International Sells Doc ‘The Coronation’ Into 70 Territories – Mip TV

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The Queen is heading around the world after FremantleMedia International sold documentary The Coronation into 70 territories.
The distributor revealed that it closed agreements on the Atlantic Productions doc, which aired on BBC One in the UK and Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. at Mip TV.
The Coronation has been picked up by broadcasters including CBC and Tele-Quebec (Canada), Prime (New Zealand), NatGeo (Latin America), France Television (France), DR (Denmark)…

FremantleMedia International Loses Global Content Chief Katrina Neylon Ahead Of Mip TV

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EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia International‘s Global Content Chief Katrina Neylon is to leave the business after six months. I understand that Neylon, who joined the company in September from Studiocanal, has resigned.
Her departure comes as the RTL-owned company gears up for Mip TV in Cannes, where it will be looking to sell shows such as HBO’s My Brilliant Friend, Sky Italia’s The Miracle and Butterfly, a three-part Anna Friel-fronted ITV drama produced by Studiocanal’s Red…

Cecile Frot-Coutaz Leaving FremantleMedia for YouTube Job

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Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving her post as CEO of production and distribution giant FremantleMedia after more than two decades to take on a new challenge, the company’s parent group RTL said Wednesday. Sources said Frot-Coutaz will head up YouTube’s operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pan-European media giant RTL said it was in talks with […]

Amazon Picks Up ‘American Idol’ In The UK From FremantleMedia International

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Amazon is getting into the American Idol business in the UK after snapping up the rights to the talent format from FremantleMedia International.
The streaming service will air episodes of the singing contest weekly in the UK with new episodes airing on a Tuesday, after debuting on ABC in the U.S. on Sunday nights. American Idol, which is based on the eponymous British format created for ITV, relaunched this week on the Disney-owned broadcaster with Katy Perry, Lionel…

Acorn Acquires ‘No Offence’; Fox Sports/Foxtel Merger; TF1 Spat; Youku Mip Keynote – Global Briefs

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SVOD service Acorn TV has acquired the U.S. rights to FremantleMedia International‘s crime drama No Offence. The digital platform has picked up the first two series to the series, which was created by Shameless and State of Play creator Paul Abbott. The drama, which is produced by AbbottVision for Channel 4, is a police procedural that follows a team of detectives from a Manchester police station. It stars Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Will Mellor and Sarah Solemani and…

Berlin: The Rules for International TV Drama May Be Changing

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While there’s arguably never been a better time for international TV series, a panel of key European players gathering in Berlin on Monday addressed the challenges of developing internationally co-produced dramas for the global market, with a sense that the old rules don’t apply anymore. Look to Norway for proof of that. After years of making dark […]

Peter Wyngarde Dies; Canal+ Boards My Brilliant Friend; BBC Backs Romper Stomper Remake – Global Briefs

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Peter Wyngarde, star of British TV series including Department S and the 1980 Flash Gordon film, has died aged 90. Wyngarde, who also had roles in Doctor Who, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Saint, died at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London. Thomas Bowington, his agent and manager, told the Guardian: “He was one of the most unique, original and creative actors that I have ever seen. As a man, there were few things in life he didn’t know I sometimes…

‘American Idol’ on ABC (Finally) Sets a Premiere Date

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ABC’s “American Idol” is set to debut on Sunday, March 11 from 8-10 p.m., Ryan Seacrest announced this morning on “Live.”

The Ryan of “Kelly & Ryan” will again host the former Fox singing competition. This time around, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will judge the contestants.

The nationwide search for the next “American Idol” kicked off in August. While that bus tour will tackle 23 cities, hopefuls are also able to submit audition videos online and via social media. There was even livestream option this year.

Also Read: ‘American Idol’ Producer Peter Hurwitz Pushed Out as Core Media CEO (Exclusive)

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick.

FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

Fox only even bid farewell to the long-running series in Spring 2016.

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Alibaba Pictures Names New CEO; Michelle Dockery, Tom Hiddleston Head To London Stage – Global Briefs

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Alibaba Pictures has named Fan Luyuan as CEO and chairman of the executive committee, the company said in a regulatory filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today. Fan is already executive director and member of the executive committee. He succeeds Yu Yongfu, the fast-rising tech exec who was appointed CEO last December during a restructure which Alibaba said it hoped would morph it into a “content-based Goldman Sachs-type organization.” Yu is stepping down as CEO to…

Studiocanal Takes Multi-Market Home-Entertainment Rights to ‘American Gods’

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Studiocanal has bought exclusive home-entertainment rights to Starz’s “American Gods” for the U.K., France and Germany. The deal with producer and global distributor FremantleMedia Intl. sees Studiocanal taking physical and digital transactional home-entertainment rights to the highly anticipated series across the three major European markets where it operates. “We’re hugely excited to be releasing ‘American… Read more »

Altice Group Launches International Cookery Channel MY Cuisine

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Altice Group has announced the launch of a new international cookery channel, MY Cuisine, with a first deal that sees an exclusive multiyear output agreement with FremantleMedia Intl. for programming fronted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The new channel will launch in June and be accompanied by the creation of a new print magazine and… Read more »

Sony Networks Strikes Deal for New ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ Seasons (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia has struck a multi-year, multi-series agreement with FremantleMedia International for the rights to hit talent show “Asia’s Got Talent.” SPTN Asia expects to produce an English-language second season of the show for consumption later this year across much of the Asia-Pacific region. Like, the first run, which was broadcast… Read more »