FAST channel pioneer Mark Deetjen dies, aged 50

Mark Deetjen, Fremantle’s EVP of global channels and one of the early architects of FAST channels, has died aged 50. Deetjen had been promoted to the role last year and oversaw Fremantle’s digital multicast network and FAST channel, Buzzr, as well as leveraging the company’s content library to expand its channels business around the world. He worked […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

ChannelFlip founders both step down

The co-founders of Shine Group-owned online multi-channel network ChannelFlip, Justin Gayner and Wil Harris, are both set to leave the firm. Creative director Gayner and managing director Harris are due to depart in the spring after a handover period, with the former head of Fremantle’s FMX digital division, Claire Tavernier, taking on the MD role […]

FremantleMedia France creates DTT unit

RTL Group-owned production company FremantleMedia’s French subsidiary is creating a subsidiary dedicated to digital-terrestrial channels, according to local reports. The new unit, 123 Production, will focus on supplying content to digital channels, soon to grow in number to 25 national services following the launch of six new channels at the end of this year. The […]

Hulu to sell original series internationally

Online video service Hulu is to start selling its original series to international broadcasters after striking a deal with distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises. This follows Hulu’s aggressive expansion into original content with series including political comedy Battleground, which is produced by (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb, documentary series A Day In The Life, produced […]

FremantleMedia and ad recovery boost RTL

Pan-European broadcast group RTL said that higher TV advertising revenues in Germany, France and the Netherlands and growing sales at production and distribution group FremantleMedia were to thank for increased revenues and profit in the three months to end-September. Quarterly revenue was up 6.6% at €1.2 billion. EBITA profit of €144 million was up 8.3% year-on-year. […]