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  1. Bertelsmann Registers Record First-Half Operating Profit

    August 30, 2013 4:27 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann on Friday reported its highest profit from operations for a first half of the year in its long history, with operating profit jumping $50 million to $1.02 billion. The company also posted net profit of $557 million ...

  2. News Corp Veteran David Hill to Oversee 'American Idol,' 'X Factor': Sources

    June 07, 2013 3:13 AM EDT It looks as if the dust is starting to settle over at Fox. Following the high-profile departure of alternative programming head Mike Darnell on May 24, a highly placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the network has appointed one of its ...

  3. Bertelsmann Reveals Record Q1 Profit, Revenue Dips

    May 16, 2013 5:50 AM EDT European media giant Bertelsmann on Thursday posted a record first-quarter profit of $267 million (€207 million). That marked a 43% jump over the year-ago period thanks to earnings from newly-acquired music rights group BMG and a solid performan ...

  4. Bertelsmann Completes Legal Change to Open up Investor Option

    August 21, 2012 7:56 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- Bertelsmann has completed a legal change that could have a major impact on the German media giant, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse FremantleMedia, maker of "American Idol" and & ...

  5. Bertelsmann Names Marcel Reichart Executive VP of Digital Development

    June 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart joins Bertelsmann from German publishing group Hubert Burda, where h ...

  6. FremantleMedia PR Head Manfred Westphal Exits

    August 23, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Longtime "American Idol" PR man Manfred Westphal has resigned from his post as senior VP of marketing and communications at FremantleMedia North America, effective immediately, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. Citing immediate persona ...

  7. Simon Cowell Switches From Coke ('American Idol') to Pepsi ('X-Factor') Sponsorship

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is now a Pepsi man. The U.S. version of The X Factor, which Cowell's Syco Television produces with FremantleMedia North America, has inked a deal with the soft-drink maker to become an official sponsor of the singing competition, ...

  8. Fox To Order More 'American Idol'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fox is near a deal to order more seasons of "American Idol" -- with or without its most popular judge, Simon Cowell. The network's current contract with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia extends through t ...

  9. 'American Idol' Is Bringing Back 'Idol Gives Back'

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After an yearlong hiatus, the charitable special will return for a third installment April 21, airing during the top-seven Wednesday results show. "This is our opportunity to reach out and support the people of America and around the world wh ...

  10. 'Idol' Exec Warwick Inks New Deal

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT One by one, Fox's "American Idol" is securing its key players. "Idol" executive producer/showrunner Ken Warwick has inked a three-year deal with the show's co-producer, FremantleMedia North America, to remain at the h ...

  11. 'Abbey Road' Season 3 Sold To Sundance, C4

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has again sold its U.K. music program "Live From Abbey Road" to the Sundance Channel in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. The third series has 12 hour-long episodes featuring intimate interview, rehearsa ...

  12. More 'Bollocks' On DVD, TV

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever full-length in-concert Sex Pistols title to be authorized by the band is due to appear this summer. "The Sex Pistols-There'll Always be an England" features the pioneering punk outfit's original line-up of Johnny ...

  13. Lyric Jeans To Launch 'Idol' Clothing Line

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Jeans, Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with FremantleMedia, co-producer and licensor for American Idol, to create an American Idol branded apparel line. The initial Lyric Jeans-American Idol collection will be aimed at the junior ...

  14. FremantleMedia Rides Wave Of 'Abbey Road' Sales

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Live from Abbey Road," FremantleMedia Enterprises' independently-produced music TV series, has been picked up by a host of international broadcasters. Launched at last year's MIPCOM TV and film market in Cannes, the series is ...

  15. Latin 'American Idol' To Begin Auditions

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" is going Latin. Beginning at the end of next month, Sony Entertainment Televisión and Fremantlemedia will begin hosting auditions for "Latin American Idol." The Latin American version "American Idol" i ...

  16. Cowell, Fuller Settle Legal Action

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Amicable solution' agreed on 'X Factor.' Music moguls Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller have reached a settlement in a multi-dollar legal case, apparently clearing the way for Cowell to extend his contract with the hit "Ameri ...

  17. FremantleMedia Pacts With BMG Publishing

    April 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Deal covers all worldwide music administration. BMG Music Publishing and TV production company FremantleMedia, both units of media giant Bertelsmann, have inked a long-term music administration deal. Under the agreement, BMG Music Publishing will ...