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FremantleMedia, Ltd. (previously known as All American Television, LBS Communications, Fremantle International and Pearson Television) is the content and production division of RTL Group, Europe's largest TV, radio, and production company. Its world headquarters are located in Londonmarker, United Kingdommarker.

The company acquired various Britishmarker and Australian production companies including Grundy Television, Crackerjack Productions (which have now merged to become FremantleMedia Australia), Thames Television and Talkback Productions (the last two later merged as Talkback Thames). Early on it merged with Germany's largest television production company, UFA.

Production and rights holdings

The company holds the rights to the Goodson/Todman game show library which includes such classic game shows as What's My Line?, The Price Is Right, Password, Now You See It, Match Game, I've Got a Secret and Family Feud, as well as non-Goodson shows such as Press Your Luck, Let's Make a Deal and the Reg Grundy library, which includes Time Machine, Sale of the Century, Scrabble, Scattergories, Small Talk and Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak. Fremantle also produced Temptation and an interactive gameshow Quizmania for ITV Play.

In addition, they also own (along with Columbia Pictures) the rights to most of the post 1948 Bob Hope film catalog that includes The Seven Little Foys, The Lemon Drop Kid, and Son of Paleface. They were also the distributors of the television series Baywatch, and also hold the rights to the Grundy Television Library such series like Wheel Of Fortune (not the U.S. version or any version produced since Columbia's acquisition of Merv Griffin Enterprises, since Sony now holds the rights to the show domestic and worldwide.) and Neighbours, including game shows from its U.S. counterpart, Reg Grundy Productions.

In-house productions include Pop Idol and its related spin-offs (including the FOX-aired American Idol), and three carryover productions from Mark Goodson Productions: the current versions of The Price Is Right and Family Feud, and the 2002 revival of Beat the Clock (for Pax TV). Currently, they hold rights (under license from Fuji Televisionmarker) to the game Brain Wall, more commonly known as Hole in the Wall in over 20 countries.

FremantleMedia has also licensed rights to international formats including The Apprentice (with creator Mark Burnett for BBC One), The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (on Oxygen in the United States), the Simon Cowell-produced series The X Factor (in the UK), and America's Got Talent for NBC, the long running Australian serials Neighbours and Prisoner , Distraction (on Comedy Central), and Gameshow Marathon (on CBS). In other countries they own the franchise rights to Betty La Fea in Germanymarker (Verliebt In Berlin), Spainmarker (Yo Soy Bea), The Netherlandsmarker (Lotte), Sara in Belgiummarker and Maria I Asximi in Greecemarker.

FremantleMedia's library also includes the 2001 CBS telefilm The Christmas Shoes (inspired by the NewSong #1 hit), and its 2005 sequel, The Christmas Blessing. (The song is the property of Bertelsmann AG, which is the majority owner in RTL group.)

The company also owns the back catalog of the Americanmarker TV production company Alan Landsburg Productions, which was acquired by Thames in the early 1990s.

FremantleMedia currently leases the rights to Match Game, all versions of Family Feud except for the 1994-95 season and Louie Anderson's run, and the various incarnations of Password to GSN. FremantleMedia previously leased the entire Goodson-Todman library (with The Price is Right and the 1994 season of Feud on separate contracts) and Press Your Luck to GSN until March 30, 2009.

Company structure

FremantleMedia is broken down into two major divisions: Creative Networks, which comprises and co-ordinates local production operations, and FremantleMedia Enterprises, which handles distribution and licensing.

Creative Networks comprises three departments: Worldwide Entertainment, Worldwide Drama and FMX. This international production network supports global format roll-outs across the company by providing local production teams with instant access to ideas, expertise and trends from around the world.

Worldwide Entertainment supports successful shows as varied as Idols, The X Factor, and The Price Is Right and Family Feud. New additions include Thank God You're Here, Got Talent, Hole in the Wall and PokerFace.

Worldwide Drama supports serial drama production in 12 territories around the world including long-running dramas The Bill (ITV1, UK), Neighbours (Network Ten, Australia), Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten (Good Times, Bad Times - RTL Television, Germany), Salatut elämät (Secret Lives - MTV3, Finland), Un Posto al Sole (A Place in the Sun - Rai Uno, Italy) and Baratok Kozt (Between Friends - RTL Klub, Hungary).

Creative Networks' latest addition is FMX, a new division committed to reaching new audiences by creating non-linear new media experiences across a variety of emerging platforms. Its productions include Freak, PrintFriends, UrFantastic and Project V.

FremantleMedia Enterprises is the commercial arm of the company responsible for exploiting and developing FremantleMedia's properties off-screen in areas such as merchandising, the Internet, interactive television and wireless. It also focuses on more traditional ancillary rights businesses such as licensing, home entertainment and music publishing. It is also the parent arm of the syndicated online short-form comedy video channel, Atomic Wedgie ([95955]).

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