FremantleMedia Australia

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FremantleMedia Australia Pty Ltd.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Television production
Distribution
Licensing
Media
Founded 2006
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Key people Ian Hogg (Chief Executive Officer)
Products Television
Owners RTL Group, Bertelsmann
Website www.fremantlemedia.com.au

FremantleMedia Australia is the Australian arm of FremantleMedia and was formed in 2006 by the merger of two great names in Australian television industry - Crackerjack Productions and Grundy Television, who had been both acquired by FremantleMedia.

Primary creator and producer of original comedy programming in Australia, Crackerjack was a renowned boutique production company operating since the early 90s. Its successes include Comedy Inc., The Chaser Decides, So Fresh, Australia's Brainiest Kid and The Biggest Loser Australia.

Grundy was founded by Reg Grundy, its first production being Wheel of Fortune in 1959. From its small beginnings it became the largest privately owned Australian producer and distributor of television programmes both domestically and internationally.

Grundy's first success in the serial drama genre came during the 1970s with favourites The Young Doctors, The Restless Years, Sons And Daughters and Prisoner, which grew into a worldwide cult hit. Aired on Network Ten since 1986, Neighbours continues to prove a hit, ranking No. 1 in its time slot for key young adult target groups. Neighbours was the highest rated daytime drama series in the UK in 2007, with audiences over 3 million viewers.[citation needed] Neighbours moved to broadcaster Channel Five in the UK in February 2008 and is the highest rated daytime show for the broadcaster.

FremantleMedia Australia remains the market leader with shows such as the hugely popular MasterChef Australia, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Australia's Got Talent and The X Factor, The Farmer Wants a Wife and original formats such as The Gift and Choir of Hard Knocks (which won Most Outstanding Factual Series at the 2008 Logie Awards. FremantleMedia Australia is also the market leader in the creation and production of digital media content.

On 2 September 2011, FremantleMedia Australia launched a new production company called Spring.[1]

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