FremantleMedia

  1. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RT ...

  2. Bertelsmann Shuts Its German Book and Music Club Business

    June 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Marking the end of an era, German media giant Bertelsmann has shut down its German book and music club business, saying the division will be rolled up completely by the end of 2015. The Bertelsmann book club was set up in 1950 by company founder R ...

  3. Bertelsmann Profits Soar to $1.2B, BMG Stake Cited

    March 26, 2014 8:50 AM EDT The owner of 'American Idol' Producer FremantleMedia, music group BMG and broadcaster RTL Group posts net profits of $1.2 billion for 2013. Record operating profits at its European broadcasting division RTL Group lifted results for Germa ...

  4. 'Idol,' 'X Factor' Producer FremantleMedia Takes Stake in Germany's Divimove

    September 26, 2013 1:39 PM EDT FremantleMedia, the producer of the "X Factor" and "Idols" formats, has signed a strategic partnership with online-only network Divimove in Germany that will see Fremantle take a minority stake in the firm with an option to i ...

  5. U.K.'s ITV Pushing for Simon Cowell Return As Judge on 'X Factor'

    August 15, 2013 2:30 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of "X Factor" as part of negotiations to extend the talent show's run here beyond its upcoming 10th season. A current three-y ...

  6. 'The Voice' Executive Named Global Production Head for 'Idol' Producer FremantleMedia

    July 11, 2013 10:10 AM EDT Former Talpa Media manager Diana Buddingh takes over as global entertainment production boss of the giant that is also behind "X Factor" and "Got Talent." Dutch TV veteran Diana Buddingh, who most recently headed up internati ...

  7. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  8. 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 & ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Idol Kids Heading To Puerto Rico's WAPA Television

    December 23, 2011 10:00 AM EST Leading Puerto Rican broadcaster WAPA-TV is partnering with FremantleMedia to produce "Idol Kids" for the network's 2012 season, the network has announced. News of the new program came during a recent upfront showcase at the Puerto ...

  11. Simon Cowell Signing New 'Idol' Deal

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indic ...

  12. 'American Idol' Launching Trading Card Line

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans will soon be able to trade Carrie Underwoods for Danny Gokeys. "Idol" production company FremantleMedia and trading card publisher Upper Deck are launching a new line of trading cards featuring images of pa ...

  13. UMG, Sega Ink Deals With Interactive Ad Group

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Get Interactive, a new ad technology company that allows consumers to buy products placed in entertainment content and creates opt-in advertising platforms for brands, has inked its first deals with Universal Music Group, Sega and Overture Films, ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Sony BMG, Fremantle Launch JV

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is spreading its wings into other genres of entertainment through a joint venture it is forming with Fremantle International Distribution, the TV-distribution arm of LONDON -- Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is ...

  16. Sony BMG, Fremantle Launch JV

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is spreading its music recording wings into other genres of entertainment through a joint-venture firm it is forming with Fremantle International Distribution, the TV Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is spreading ...

  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 ...