FremantleMedia Names U.S. Boss Jennifer Mullin As Chief Executive

FremantleMedia North America chief Jennifer Mullin is to become CEO of the entire business following the departure of Cécile Frot-Coutaz.
Mullin, who has run the U.S. division of the American Idol and Got Talent producer since 2015, takes the top job a…

FremantleMedia North America chief Jennifer Mullin is to become CEO of the entire business following the departure of Cécile Frot-Coutaz. Mullin, who has run the U.S. division of the American Idol and Got Talent producer since 2015, takes the top job at the RTL-owned producer and distributor as Frot-Coutaz leaves to join YouTube. She will take over the new role on September 1 2018. She has been CEO of FMNA since May 2017, having been named Co-CEO in 2015. She joined the…

Bob Cooper Sets Michaelangelo Drama At Hulu Under First-Look Deal With FMNA

Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with FremantleMedia North America. Under the pact, Landscape will develop and produce scripted projects for the U.S. and international markets, starting with scripted drama Michela…

Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with FremantleMedia North America. Under the pact, Landscape will develop and produce scripted projects for the U.S. and international markets, starting with scripted drama Michelangelo, which has been put in development at Hulu. Written by Richard Mason (The Drowning People), Michelangelo will detail the life of the brilliant and troubled artist, told through a modern lens that delves into the sexuality…

Soft Operating Profits At FremantleMedia North America Hit Parent Company In Q1 Results

Lower profit contributions from FremantleMedia North America impacted numbers at the American Gods producer and distributor as well as parent company RTL.
In its first-quarter financials operating profit at FremantleMedia fell by €2M (US$2.4M) from las…

Lower profit contributions from FremantleMedia North America impacted numbers at the American Gods producer and distributor as well as parent company RTL. In its first-quarter financials operating profit at FremantleMedia fell by €2M (US$2.4M) from last year, dropping from €15M to €13M on steady revenues of €271M, while operating profit at the group fell from €264M to €259M. The company said that it expects FremantleMedia to have a similar performance in the second…

FremantleMedia North America Promotes One Unscripted Exec & Hires Two

FremantleMedia North America is bolstering its unscripted team with one exec promotion and a pair of new hires. The company said today that it has upped Joni Day to SVP Alternative Programming & Development and brought Colin Nash as SVP Alternative…

FremantleMedia North America is bolstering its unscripted team with one exec promotion and a pair of new hires. The company said today that it has upped Joni Day to SVP Alternative Programming & Development and brought Colin Nash as SVP Alternative Programming & Development and Jean Shi as VP Alternative Programming & Development. "With Colin and Jean joining the team, along with Joni's expanding role, we have assembled an all-star team," said Jayson Dinsmore, President…

FremantleMedia North America Names Kevin Blanchette SVP Marketing & Communications

Veteran marketing executive Kevin Blanchette has joined FremantleMedia North America as SVP marketing and communications.
Blanchette will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of all marketing, publicity and corporate public relations for FMNA, setting the brand management strategy across the entire portfolio. He’ll report to FMNA President of Commercial Operations Rick Glankler and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Burbank…

Veteran marketing executive Kevin Blanchette has joined FremantleMedia North America as SVP marketing and communications. Blanchette will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of all marketing, publicity and corporate public relations for FMNA, setting the brand management strategy across the entire portfolio. He’ll report to FMNA President of Commercial Operations Rick Glankler and will be based at the company's headquarters in Burbank…

Neil Gaiman & ‘A Beautiful Mind’s Akiva Goldsman To Adapt Fantasy Novels ‘Gormenghast’ For FremantleMedia

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is doubling down on the fantastical after securing the rights to sprawling novel series Gormenghast with Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) lined up to adapt for television.
I understand the company won a hotly contested battle to option the five books in the series, written by British author Mervyn Peake from literary agent Jonathan Sissons at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop.
It marks the first television adaptation of the…

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is doubling down on the fantastical after securing the rights to sprawling novel series Gormenghast with Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) lined up to adapt for television. I understand the company won a hotly contested battle to option the five books in the series, written by British author Mervyn Peake from literary agent Jonathan Sissons at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop. It marks the first television adaptation of the…

FremantleMedia Names Rick Glankler President of Commercial Operations

FremantleMedia North America has moved Rick Glankler to president of commercial operations, following the announcement that it would move out of the kids and family entertainment space.

In the newly-created role, Glankler will help identify potential investment opportunities, and mergers and acquisitions targets; shepherd licensing, sponsorship and branded content deals and partnerships; lead the company’s marketing and communications functions; and oversee Fremantle’s digital efforts, including the vintage game show digital multicast network BUZZR.

Effective immediately, he will report to FremantleMedia North America CEO Jennifer Mullin.

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Glankler previously served as president and general manager of the company’s kids and family entertainment division, which it announced in January would be sold to the Toronto-based Boat Rocker Media.

“Rick has been a huge asset to FremantleMedia since joining the company in 2013. His passion and dedication to the business has brought with it enormous results,” Mullin said in a statement. “Rick has exceptional vision and a proven track record of being able to build businesses and make strategic alliances. It’s with great admiration that I welcome him to the FMNA team.”

“I am excited to continue my journey with the FremantleMedia family and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities this role will bring,” said Glankler. “With a phenomenal line-up of some of the most proven brands in entertainment and a vast array of new projects coming down the pipeline that are attracting the best talent in the industry, it’s a truly amazing time to be joining FremantleMedia North America.”

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FremantleMedia North America has moved Rick Glankler to president of commercial operations, following the announcement that it would move out of the kids and family entertainment space.

In the newly-created role, Glankler will help identify potential investment opportunities, and mergers and acquisitions targets; shepherd licensing, sponsorship and branded content deals and partnerships; lead the company’s marketing and communications functions; and oversee Fremantle’s digital efforts, including the vintage game show digital multicast network BUZZR.

Effective immediately, he will report to FremantleMedia North America CEO Jennifer Mullin.

Glankler previously served as president and general manager of the company’s kids and family entertainment division, which it announced in January would be sold to the Toronto-based Boat Rocker Media.

“Rick has been a huge asset to FremantleMedia since joining the company in 2013. His passion and dedication to the business has brought with it enormous results,” Mullin said in a statement. “Rick has exceptional vision and a proven track record of being able to build businesses and make strategic alliances. It’s with great admiration that I welcome him to the FMNA team.”

“I am excited to continue my journey with the FremantleMedia family and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities this role will bring,” said Glankler. “With a phenomenal line-up of some of the most proven brands in entertainment and a vast array of new projects coming down the pipeline that are attracting the best talent in the industry, it’s a truly amazing time to be joining FremantleMedia North America.”

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‘Astro City’ TV Series Based On Comics In Works At FremantleMedia North America

American Gods producer FremantleMedia North America has acquired the rights to Astro City superhero comic book series to develop as a live-action TV drama series.
The Astro City comics, created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross, spans 16 (and counting) standalone yet loosely-connected story arcs containing more than 2,000 original characters. It is claimed to be the last, fully fleshed out superhero universe in the English language comic book…

American Gods producer FremantleMedia North America has acquired the rights to Astro City superhero comic book series to develop as a live-action TV drama series. The Astro City comics, created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross, spans 16 (and counting) standalone yet loosely-connected story arcs containing more than 2,000 original characters. It is claimed to be the last, fully fleshed out superhero universe in the English language comic book…

‘America’s Got Talent’ Producer & NBCU Sued For Wrongful Death Of Wheelchair-Bound Woman

The family of a woman who died three months after being injured in a fall from her wheelchair outside a venue where America’s Got Talent was being taped is suing the show and NBCUniversal for wrongful death.
In a 20-page complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the estate of Maureen Allen says her fall at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in March 2017 “required multiple hospitalizations and operations” and “was a substantial factor in causing her…

The family of a woman who died three months after being injured in a fall from her wheelchair outside a venue where America’s Got Talent was being taped is suing the show and NBCUniversal for wrongful death. In a 20-page complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the estate of Maureen Allen says her fall at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in March 2017 “required multiple hospitalizations and operations” and “was a substantial factor in causing her…

‘American Gods’ Hires New Showrunner For Season 2

Starz’s drama series American Gods has hired Jesse Alexander as the new showrunner for Season 2, Deadline has learned.
Alexander will share showrunning duties with Neil Gaiman for the second season, replacing series creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who abruptly exited after Season 1.
Alexander has worked with Fuller on series such as Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery.
No one addressed the reasons behind Green and Fuller’s exit, but there was speculation that their…

Starz’s drama series American Gods has hired Jesse Alexander as the new showrunner for Season 2, Deadline has learned. Alexander will share showrunning duties with Neil Gaiman for the second season, replacing series creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who abruptly exited after Season 1. Alexander has worked with Fuller on series such as Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery. No one addressed the reasons behind Green and Fuller's exit, but there was speculation that their…

Jayson Dinsmore Joins FremantleMedia North America As President of Alternative Programming and Development

FremantleMedia North America has tapped former CMT head of development Jayson Dinsmore as President of Alternative Programming and Development.
The seasoned TV executive will oversee the development and production of original unscripted programming for FMNA, both by mining the company’s catalogue of titles and creating new formats. FMNA’s current portfolio includes America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (Syndicated), The Price Is Right (CBS), Match Game (ABC) and the…

FremantleMedia North America has tapped former CMT head of development Jayson Dinsmore as President of Alternative Programming and Development. The seasoned TV executive will oversee the development and production of original unscripted programming for FMNA, both by mining the company’s catalogue of titles and creating new formats. FMNA’s current portfolio includes America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (Syndicated), The Price Is Right (CBS), Match Game (ABC) and the…

FremantleMedia Names Jayson Dinsmore President, Alternative Programming and Development

Jayson Dinsmore has joined FremantleMedia North America as president, alternative programming and development. In his new role, the veteran television executive will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development strategy. “Jayson is one of the most well-respected and admired executives within the television industry,” said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “He is innovative, […]

Jayson Dinsmore has joined FremantleMedia North America as president, alternative programming and development. In his new role, the veteran television executive will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development strategy. “Jayson is one of the most well-respected and admired executives within the television industry,” said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “He is innovative, […]

‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross Signs Overall Deal With FremantleMedia

EXCLUSIVE: Luther creator Neil Cross has struck an exclusive overall deal with FremantleMedia. I hear that Cross, who has just finished the first season of BBC One and Hulu “pre-apocalyptic” crime drama Hard Sun with FremantleMedia-owned Euston Films, will be focused on producing series for U.S. and UK broadcasters.
The multi-year deal will see Cross work with Euston Films, established by former BBC drama exec Kate Harwood, and FremantleMedia North America, overseen by…

EXCLUSIVE: Luther creator Neil Cross has struck an exclusive overall deal with FremantleMedia. I hear that Cross, who has just finished the first season of BBC One and Hulu "pre-apocalyptic" crime drama Hard Sun with FremantleMedia-owned Euston Films, will be focused on producing series for U.S. and UK broadcasters. The multi-year deal will see Cross work with Euston Films, established by former BBC drama exec Kate Harwood, and FremantleMedia North America, overseen by…

Dante Di Loreto Tapped As President Scripted Entertainment At FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America has tapped former Chernin Entertainment President of Television Dante Di Loreto as President of Scripted Entertainment, a newly created role. He’ll begin his new job on June 1.
Reporting into FMNA CEO Jennifer Mullin, Di Loreto will oversee FMNA’s scripted slate and develop new series for its pipeline. He will play an active role within FremantleMedia’s global scripted network, adding to its international catalogue of major dramas such as The Y…

FremantleMedia North America has tapped former Chernin Entertainment President of Television Dante Di Loreto as President of Scripted Entertainment, a newly created role. He’ll begin his new job on June 1. Reporting into FMNA CEO Jennifer Mullin, Di Loreto will oversee FMNA’s scripted slate and develop new series for its pipeline. He will play an active role within FremantleMedia's global scripted network, adding to its international catalogue of major dramas such as The Y…

FremantleMedia North America Co-CEO Craig Cegielski Exits Company

FremantleMedia North America co-CEO Craig Cegielski is departing the company, TheWrap has learned.

Jennifer Mullen, who was appointed co-CEO alongside Cegielski in 2015, will remain onboard and assume full responsibility as the sole CEO.

The news comes a few weeks after Fremantle’s “American Gods,” from executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, debuted on Starz. Cegielski will remain attached to the scripted series as an executive producer. It was also recently announced that FremantleMedia would be reviving the singing competition “American Idol” on ABC next season.

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“I have enjoyed working alongside Craig for the last two years,” Mullen said in a statement. “He has done an amazing job shepherding American Gods to screen and building a dynamic scripted department. While I will miss working side by side, I look forward to our ongoing collaboration on American Gods. I am so excited about what’s ahead for FMNA and I am thankful to Cécile for her continued support, as well as to our talented and passionate team that are the heartbeat of our company.”

“FremantleMedia North America is in brilliant shape,” added Group CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz. “Our unscripted output continues to enjoy outstanding success, strengthened further by the return next season of American Idol, and, in American Gods, we have one of the most critically-acclaimed and talked about new dramas of the year. I am thrilled Jennifer will remain at the helm of FMNA, leading the business to even greater heights. Craig has lovingly steered American Gods from page to screen, delivering one of the most successful series launches in recent years. I’m delighted that he will help to lead the second series, which promises to raise the bar even further.”

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FremantleMedia North America co-CEO Craig Cegielski is departing the company, TheWrap has learned.

Jennifer Mullen, who was appointed co-CEO alongside Cegielski in 2015, will remain onboard and assume full responsibility as the sole CEO.

The news comes a few weeks after Fremantle’s “American Gods,” from executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, debuted on Starz. Cegielski will remain attached to the scripted series as an executive producer. It was also recently announced that FremantleMedia would be reviving the singing competition “American Idol” on ABC next season.

“I have enjoyed working alongside Craig for the last two years,” Mullen said in a statement. “He has done an amazing job shepherding American Gods to screen and building a dynamic scripted department. While I will miss working side by side, I look forward to our ongoing collaboration on American Gods. I am so excited about what’s ahead for FMNA and I am thankful to Cécile for her continued support, as well as to our talented and passionate team that are the heartbeat of our company.”

“FremantleMedia North America is in brilliant shape,” added Group CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz. “Our unscripted output continues to enjoy outstanding success, strengthened further by the return next season of American Idol, and, in American Gods, we have one of the most critically-acclaimed and talked about new dramas of the year. I am thrilled Jennifer will remain at the helm of FMNA, leading the business to even greater heights. Craig has lovingly steered American Gods from page to screen, delivering one of the most successful series launches in recent years. I’m delighted that he will help to lead the second series, which promises to raise the bar even further.”

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FremantleMedia is changing the leadership of its US division. Jennifer Mullin, who, along with Craig Cegielski were named Co-CEOs two years ago, replacing Thom Beers, will now take the reins of the company as sole CEO. Cegielski will step away from his role as co-CEO and will relaunch his Open Circle Entertainment
Mullin will oversee development, production and business operations of network, cable and syndicated scripted and unscripted programming for FMNA…

FremantleMedia is changing the leadership of its US division. Jennifer Mullin, who, along with Craig Cegielski were named Co-CEOs two years ago, replacing Thom Beers, will now take the reins of the company as sole CEO. Cegielski will step away from his role as co-CEO and will relaunch his Open Circle Entertainment Mullin will oversee development, production and business operations of network, cable and syndicated scripted and unscripted programming for FMNA…

Neil Gaiman & ‘American Gods’ Producer FremantleMedia Set First-Look Deal

Neil Gaiman, who just wrapped production on Season 1 of Starz’s American Gods, has inked an exclusive first-look mutltiyear deal with the series’ producer FremantleMedia North America. The new deal will further mine Gaiman’s trove of works from short stories to novels, like with American Gods, for TV. It also allows for adaptation of projects involving third-party source material and IP, and Gaiman will be involved in all capacities including as writer and producer.
The…

Neil Gaiman, who just wrapped production on Season 1 of Starz’s American Gods, has inked an exclusive first-look mutltiyear deal with the series’ producer FremantleMedia North America. The new deal will further mine Gaiman’s trove of works from short stories to novels, like with American Gods, for TV. It also allows for adaptation of projects involving third-party source material and IP, and Gaiman will be involved in all capacities including as writer and producer. The…