FremantleMedia hires branded content chief

FremantleMedia has hired Samantha Glynne as vice president, branded entertainment, to spearhead a push into branded content. She is tasked with driving the producer and distributor’s international branded entertainment activity, working with brands and agencies. Based in London, Glynne joined FremantleMedia’s digital and branded entertainment division last week, which is headed by Keith Hindle. He […]

RTL takes €88 million hit from Hungarian ad tax plan

RTL Group has posted a €88 million impairment in its first-half results as a consequence of the new advertising tax rules implemented by the Hungarian government. Co-CEOs Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch said that new advertising tax would “strongly reduce the profitability of RTL Hungary”, which, together with continued problems in the French market […]

FremantleMedia taps BroadbandTV to manage fan-produced content

Production company FremantleMedia has tapped YouTube multichannel network (MCN) provider BroadbandTV to track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 of its shows including American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent, Baywatch and The X Factor. FremantleMedia will use BroadbandTV’s content management team and Viso Novi technology platform to manage fan-produced content. BroadbandTV operates […]

Vice and FremantleMedia launch online food network

Vice Media and FremantleMedia yesterday launched in beta their new online food channel, called Munchies.  The video-focused channel, named after Vice’s existing flagship food show, will showcase “the best in original food content and programming,” and combine Vice’s irreverent style with FremantleMedia’s production capability and global reach. Launching the network at MIPTV in Cannes this […]

FremantleMedia finance chief joins Audio Network

FremantleMedia’s former chief finance officer Ian Ousey has taken the CFO role at Audio Network – a music company specialising in music for film, television and video. Ousey, who left FremantleMedia last month after more than three years as CFO, will lead Audio Network’s finance team and has also been tasked with collaborating across other […]

RTL reports significant profit growth

RTL reported “significant profit growth” in 2013 with EBITA reaching a record full-year high, primarily driven by higher contributions from its largest profit centre Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.  Announcing its full year 2013 results, RTL said that EBITA increased 6.9% to €1.15 billion, €622 million of which came from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland – the unit’s best ever […]

Applicaster appoints FremantleMedia exec Cassidy

White label broadcast solutions provider Applicaster has appointed FremantleMedia UK Interactive’s managing director, Peter Cassidy, as its European vice-president. Cassidy joins after seven years at FremantleMedia, where, in his most recent role, he was responsible for all digital extensions around the production company’s shows in the UK, including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and […]

Vice, FremantleMedia cook up foodie web channel for hipsters

Vice and FremantleMedia have joined forces to make culinary content for a new food channel. Producer and distributor FremantleMedia and youth brand Vice will codevelop programming for the new online service, which was described by the partners as ‘a multichannel food platform for a millennial audience’. FremantleMedia is expected to sell the resulting content in […]

RTL eyes further digital growth

RTL Group said that its strong and rapidly growing digital presence has now established it as the “number one European media company in online video” and it plans to make further investments in this area. Announcing its quarterly results, the German media group said that it is now responsible for more than two billion online […]

Hindle restructures FremantleMedia’s digital operation

FremantleMedia has restructured its digital operations, putting several of its execs in senior positions. The RTL-owned producer and distributor implemented a wide-ranging restructure earlier this year, part of which was creating a Digital and Branded Entertainment arm. Keith Hindle, who was previously CEO of the Americas for the company’s now defunct licensing and distribution arm […]