Pearson Television

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Pearson Television
IndustryTelevision production
Television syndication
FateMerged with CLT-UFA and re-branded as Fremantle
United States
ParentPearson PLC (1996–2000)
RTL Group (2000–2001)

Pearson Television was the American-based television production and distribution arm of a British company Pearson PLC.


In 1993[1] after a bidding war, Pearson, PLC. bought the production arms of Thames Television, and then Reg Grundy Productions (Australia), ACI Worldwide (Television) Distribution (US), In 1996 Pearson, PLC. bought the US publicly traded television company All American Television, and merged it into Pearson Television. This acquisition gave them the rights to various game show format libraries, including Mark Goodson Productions,

In April 2000, Pearson TV decided to take over Smith & Jones' UK production company Talkback Productions. Pearson Television ended 2001 merged its television interests with those of Bertelsmann, CLT-UFA, forming the RTL Group. Subsequently, the RTL Group became wholly owned by Bertelsmann as it bought out Pearson's interests and those of CLT.

In the following year, Pearson Television was re-branded as FremantleMedia, which subsequently rebranded as simply Fremantle in 2018.


  1. ^ Last, Richard (9 February 1994). "Media: How Thames turned the tide: From failed franchisee to thriving 'indie' producer: there can be life after broadcasting death, as Richard Last witnessed". The Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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