RTL reports strong results driven by broadcast, Fremantle

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in Q1, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, with digital revenue up 36.4% […]

Divimove unveils YouTube channel stats

Divimove has released an array of statistics about the top-performing channels and talent on YouTube. The FremantleMedia-backed MCN said it was a ‘pet annoyance’ that YouTube stats are thin on the ground, or out of date, so it was releasing its own research, based on tracking 1.5 million YouTube channels. The Germany-based firm said that, […]

Former FremantleMedia exec joins social media firm Blurrt

Former FremantleMedia executive Simon Spalding has taken a non-executive chairman role at Blurrt, the social media analysis firm based in Wales. Spalding was formerly FremantleMedia’s Asian boss and also oversaw the producer and distributor’s European operation. At Blurrt he will advise the start-up strategy and oversee its growth plans in the UK and international markets. […]

Germany and digital keep RTL on even keel

A stronger advertising market in Germany and digital growth helped keep RTL Group’s top line more or less stable for the first quarter. Revenues were down slightly from €1.313 billion to €1.308 billion, with a higher sales at RTL Deutschland being offset by lower revenue at France’s M6 Group and production outfit FremantleMedia. Digital revenues […]

RTL sees boost from digital services

RTL Group saw a boost from digital activities last year as it posted full-year revenues of of €5.8 billion. Both revenue and EBIDTA profit of €1.145 billion were fractionally down. It noted its success in the digital realm and said its digital strategy was starting to pay dividends. Digital revenue was up 26.6% at €295 […]

Netflix detects Danger Mouse, Gadget

Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to a pair of classic kids TV series being rebooted for the modern era. Deals with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and DHX Media hand the streamer US rights to Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget, respectively. Danger Mouse, which follows a heroic mouse spy that uses technology to apprehend villains, will debut in […]

FremantleMedia exec moves to MCN StyleHaul

FremantleMedia veteran Olivier Delfosse has been named COO of StyleHaul, Fremantle’s multichannel network sister firm within the RTL Group. At Germany-based StyleHaul, he will work closely on developing the business with CEO and president Stephanie Horbaczewski, working out of LA. At FremantleMedia, Delfosse drove global digital initiatives and partnerships with the likes of YouTube and […]

Former CME chief Sârbu arrested over tax case

Romanian media tycoon Adrian Sârbu, the main shareholder in Mediafax Group and former president of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) was arrested and detained for 24 hours on Monday, accused of money laundering, embezzlement and tax fraud. According to local reports, the Romanian state prosecutor’s office has alleged that Mediafax Group set up a scheme […]

FremantleMedia takes majority stake in MCN

FremantleMedia has upped its stake in European multichannel network Divimove to take majority control of the business. The X Factor and Idol company first took a minority stake in Divimove in late 2013, a year after Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam founded the MCN. FremantleMedia is now the firm’s majority shareholder. In […]

American Idol and digital costs hit FremantleMedia, RTL

FremantleMedia has seen a sharp decrease in profits with parent group RTL blaming lower revenue from American Idol and increased investment in content and digital businesses. For the nine months to September, the production and distribution group reported EBITA profit of €54 million compared with €77 million in the same period in 2013. The figures […]