FremantleMedia International has licensed a variety of programming
in central and eastern Europe, spanning such genres as factual,
lifestyle, drama, comedy and entertainment.
the Czech Republic, FTV Prima acquired some 300 hours of factual
content, including Untamed China, Titanoboa: Monster Snake,
Rome Unwrapped, Egypt Unwrapped and Meteor Strike:
Fireball from Space. The company also went for 75 hours of
Jamie Oliver-led lifestyle series. Ceska Televisa picked up
The Untold History of the United States.
Central Europe opted for more than 145 hours of programming
presented by Martha Stewart, as well as Lorraine Pascale's
Fast Fresh and Easy Food, The Mind of a Chef
and Spice Trip. Hungary's MTVA took the rights for approximately
50 hours of Jamie Oliver content, including Jamie's 30 Minute
Meals, Jamie's 15 Minute Meals, Jamie at Home, Jamie's
Family Christmas and Jamie's Great Italian Escape.
that have been sold include Wedding Band, which is
headed to Sony Channels Russia and 2x2. Amedia licensed Hit
and Miss and Laconia for its premium pay and OTT
service. Laconia was also taken by MTVA Hungary, as
was Kidnap and Ransom and Exile. A free-to-air second-window
agreement was made with Disney Channel Russia for the first
five seasons of Merlin.
far as comedies go, Web Therapy and Cuckoo are
slated for broadcast on Amedia in Russia and 2x2, and World's
Craziest Fools will air on Discovery Poland and 2x2.
sales include three seasons of The X Factor USA to
FOX International Channels in Bulgaria, the Balkans, Russia,
CIS, the Baltics and Poland, as well as RTL Klub in Hungary.
Fox in Bulgaria and the Balkans went for seasons three through
six of Project Runway, while Sony Channels Russia
purchased the show's eighth and ninth seasons. In addition,
seasons eight and nine of Bellator mixed martial arts have
been placed on Russia's R2 and Romania's Pro TV.
International German-speaking Europe and CEE VP sales Maximilian
Bolenius said: "In times of continuously challenging
market economics and decreasing willingness to take risks,
the renowned quality and commercial appeal of our content
is in even greater demand. With these sales and the diversity
of our new slate we are in an excellent position to continue
to provide exciting, signature international content for
our Eastern European clients and their audiences."