Fremantle’s Jamie Oliver FAST channel joins Samsung TV Plus Germany

Fremantle’s Jamie Oliver Channel has launched on FAST platform, Samsung TV Plus, in Germany.  The Jamie Oliver Channel will feature programming on the celebrity chef including shows — Jamie’s Easy Meals, Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, 20 Years of Jamie Oliver Special, Jamie’s & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club and Jamie’s Super Food. The Jamie Oliver […]

RTL invests €200m as Fremantle set to acquire Asacha Media Group

RTL-owned production outfit Fremantle has struck a conditional agreement to acquire global production studio Asacha Media Group. The acquisition comes after our sister title TBI exclusively reported last year that Asacha was exploring a full or partial sale. The deal sees Fremantle acquire the group from Asacha’s founding partners, managers and funds managed by Oaktree […]

RTL sees huge earnings drop, moves forward with streaming strategy

RTL was hit by the impact of a moribund German TV advertising market in its first half, with earnings cut in half and revenues down 5.1% to €3.1 billion. Adjusted EBITA was €250 million, down from €501 million, mostly due to the performance of the German market. The revenue drop was marginally less – 4.3% […]

Fremantle UK names Amelia Brown as new CEO

Fremantle has named Amelia Brown, the former MD of UK label Thames, as CEO of its UK business to replace the departing Simon Andreae. Brown will be based in London and takes on the role with immediate effect, reporting into group CEO Jennifer Mullin. She will also join Fremantle’s global leadership team. Andreae stepped down from […]

FAST channels from Fremantle, Revry, and Love Stories TV launch on Redbox

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment revealed it will add a roster of new FAST channels from Fremantle, Revry, and Love Stories TV to its Redbox Free Live TV service. Fremantle will launch six FAST channels on Redbox, including The Jamie Oliver Channel with over 300 hours of renowned chef and Supermarket Sweep where three […]

RTL+ streaming subs up by over half as Telekom partnership pays off

European broadcast outfit RTL Group has seen the paid subscribers to its German streaming service RTL+ jump by 53.8% in the year to September, landing at 3.675 million, thanks in large part to the bundling of the RTL+ Premium offering with Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta TV offering. Growth in RTL+’s base and increased revenues from production […]

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 […]