RTL Group strong despite ad slump

RTL Group reported strong first half results, despite ad market decreases in all of its core markets except Germany, which remained stable year-on-year.  The firm attributed these ad conditions for a slight decrease in revenue, which was down 1.3% year-on-year to €2.78 billion. However, profit was up 52.6% to €418 million, while reported EBITDA was […]

RTL posts flat revenue growth, profits up

RTL Group recorded overall quarterly revenue of €1.3 billion, up 0.5% year-on-year. Profit increased 8.4%, taking the total to €207 million. The company said that advertising markets remain challenging across its footprint with only Germany in positive territory. The revenue and profit uptick was largely attributable to the sale of Handball TV rights by UFA […]

FremantleMedia repositioned for digital growth

The recent restructure at FremantleMedia has positioned it to capitalise on digital opportunities and acquisitions in the digital sector are likely, CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said. In response to a question from DTVE’s sister publication TBI, Frot-Coutaz said the recent restructure at the RTL-owned producer and distributor, leaves it well placed to grow its digital business. […]

FremantleMedia reorganises, starts consultation with staff

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia is reorganising its business and creating a dedicated Digital & Branded Entertainment unit. The company has started a consultation process with all staff in the affected units while the new structure is implemented. In the wake of the news, the company told DTVE sister title TBI it will work to minimise […]

FremantleMedia splits drama and digital media 

FremantleMedia has separated its drama and digital divisions and promoted Donna Wiffen to head of worldwide drama.
 Claire Tavernier previously oversaw digital and drama at the production and distribution firm as senior executive vice-president, FMX and worldwide drama. She remains in charge of the FMX digital division. Wiffen has been at production group FremantleMedia since […]

HBO Nordic strikes programming deals with FME

Forthcoming online video service HBO Nordic has struck its first programming deals for its over-the-top platform, acquiring a raft of content from FremantleMedia Enterprises. The service, which was announced last week, has picked up drama Hit and Miss, which starred Chloe Sevigny and was written by Shameless creator Paul Abbott and Lisa Kudrow-fronted comedy Web […]

Companion screen voting for Britain’s Got Talent

ITV and FremantleMedia have launched companion screen voting for the Britain’s Got Talent show, using technology from Mobile Interactive Group and app developer Tellybug. Viewers are now able to vote via their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch directly from the Britain’s Got Talent app. The app has received over 500,000 downloads across the series and […]

Frot-Coutaz replaces Cohen as FremantleMedia boss

Tony Cohen has stepped down as FremantleMedia CEO and will be replaced by Cécile Frot-Coutaz. She is currently the CEO of FremantleMedia North America and has been with the company for seventeen years. FremantleMedia said that Cohen is stepping down to “focus on his non-executive work”. Guillaume de Posch, co-CEO of FremantleMedia parent company RTL […]

FremantleMedia opens Middle East office

The distribution arm of FremantleMedia has opened an office in the Middle East. FremantleMedia Enterprises’ office will be based in Dubai and run by Anahita Kheder, who has been hired as vice-president, Middle East. Kheder has a background in branded entertainment and marketing and will report to Mark Newton, FME’s executive vice-president, licensing, EMEA. She […]