FremantleMedia Australia

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FremantleMedia Australia Pty Ltd.
Industry Television production
Founded 2006
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Key people
Ian Hogg (Chief Executive Officer)
Products Television
Owner Grundy Television, RTL Group, Bertelsmann

FremantleMedia Australia is the Australian arm of global production and entertainment company FremantleMedia and was formed in 2006 by the merger of market leader Grundy Television and comedy specialists Crackerjack Productions, who had both previously been acquired by FremantleMedia.

Grundy was founded by Reg Grundy, its first production being Wheel of Fortune in 1959, which was an original idea devised by Reg for a radio game show, before taking the idea to Sydney television network TCN9 (now part of the Nine Network). The then 36-year-old worked as both the host of the show and the producer.[1] [1]

With the show becoming a success, Reg realized that US network television could serve as a ready source of new quiz show ideas, and Reg began visiting America to spot attractive formats for adapting and re-making back in Australia. [2] [2] It is often quoted that Reg Grundy was the world’s first TV format producer, and the only ‘format mogul’ to have originated out of Australia. The formation of a licensing entity Reg Grundy Enterprises and Grundy International Distribution set the normal operating system for many production houses worldwide.

From its small beginnings Grundy became the largest privately owned Australian producer and distributor of television programmes both domestically and internationally.Realising that in order for Grundy’s to thrive, the company diversified from solely producing game shows to making serial drama, telemovies and children’s fiction.

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.

With Grundy cementing its production dominance in Australia, a US Grundy office was set up in 1979 to sell programming to the American networks. One of the most successful format sales was Sale of the Century – originally a US format that Reg had produced in Australia and then purchased the rights outright.

As Grundy’s grew and set up its presence around the world – particularly in Britain – the company was named as Grundy Worldwide outside Australia and the Grundy Organisation locally.

With a string of hits and format deals around the world, one of Grundy’s ever-lasting television legacies is serial drama Neighbours. First commissioned and broadcast by Channel 7 in 1985, it aired on Network Ten from 1986 to 2010 and then its digital channel 11 from January 2011, 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.

On March 26 1995 [3] [3], a deal was signed in London between Reg Grundy and global entertainment company Pearson Television to acquire Grundy Worldwide. The Australian branch of the company remained with its roots and was called Grundy Television from 1995 to 2006, where it eventually took on the rebranded company name FremantleMedia Australia.

In April 2000, Pearson Television merged with CLT-UFA to create RTL Group, a leader across broadcast, content and digital. In August 2001, Pearson Television changed its name to FremantleMedia for the content production division of RTL Group and in December of that year Pearson Television’s holding company, Pearson PLC, sold its stake in RTL Group to the German-based Bertelsmann Group, which is one of the world’s largest media companies.

In 2003 FremantleMedia acquired Crackerjack Productions and in 2006 FremantleMedia merged both the Australian production companies, Grundy and Crackerjack, and formed FremantleMedia Australia. [4][4]

The impact of FremantleMedia Australia productions on the Australian cultural psyche is undeniably impressive, with the company remaining one of the market leaders in the Australian entertainment scene with shows including the hugely popular Australian Idol Family Feud (2014 Australian game show) The Great Australian Bake Off (season 2) Grand Designs Australia Australia's Got Talent and The X Factor, The Farmer Wants a Wife and original dramas such as Wentworth Neighbours Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story , Mary: The Making of a Princess, Wonderland and Better Man. FremantleMedia Australia's next highly anticipated drama will be Picnic At Hanging Rock (TV series). FremantleMedia Australia also brought to Australian adaptations of MasterChef Australia, The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance.

FremantleMedia Australia, who is led by Regional CEO Ian Hogg, is also a market leader in the creation and production of branded entertainment and digital media content.

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  1. ^ TV Format Mogul: Reg Grundy's Transnational Career by Albert Moran
  2. ^ TV Format Mogul: Reg Grundy's Transnational Career by Albert Moran
  3. ^ Reg Grundy by Reg Grundy memoirs published in 2010 by Pier 9
  4. ^ FremantleMedia's Official Site

[1] TV Format Mogul: Reg Grundy’s Transnational Career by Albert Moran [2] ] TV Format Mogul: Reg Grundy’s Transnational Career by Albert Moran [3] Reg Grundy by Reg Grundy memoirs published in 2010 by Pier 9 [4] FremantleMedia website history

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