Fremantle has existed for over 100 years. We’re proud of the creative excellence our history represents, and how we have grown to become a global leader in content creation, production and distribution.
Germany’s film and TV production powerhouse, UFA is founded.
The longest running gameshow in Television history, Price is Right launches.
Reg Grundy Productions founded. The original home of Neighbours, Good Times Bad Times and Going for Gold.
Thames Television first broadcasts in the UK, later becomes the home of The Bill.
British film and TV production company Euston Films is founded.
Family Feud launches in USA, later adapting to 67 global markets.
First broadcast of iconic British police series The Bill, which continued for 26 years.
Australian hit soap Neighbours first launches on our screens. Three years later over 19 million people in the UK would tune in to watch Scott and Charlene marry.
Creation of Pearson and merger with Thames Television to create Pearson TV.
Good Times Bad Times format was created, first launching in the Netherlands as Goede tijden, slechte tijden. Today it’s the longest running Dutch soap opera.
Good Times Bad Times goes to Germany as UFA launches Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten, the longest running German soap opera.
Pears TV buys Grundy.
Pearson TV buys All American TV, which has an enviable catalogue including Baywatch, The Price is Right and Family Feud.
Finland’s longest running drama Salatut elämät (Secret Lives) airs.
Pearson TV acquires Talkback Productions, creating Talkback Thames makers of Netflix sensation Too Hot To Handle, QI and Harry’s Heroes.
Merger of CLT-UFA and Pearson TV which creates RTL Group.
Pearson TV rebranded as FremantleMedia. Media conglomerate Bertelsmann becomes majority shareholder of RTL Group.
Pop Idol format is created and Pop Idol UK goes on to be watched by over 700 million viewers worldwide to date.
Worldwide phenomenon American Idol launches crowning two-time Grammy award winning Kelly Clarkson as the first winner.
The X Factor launches in the UK, propelling singing sensations Leona Lewis, James Arthur, Little Mix and One Direction to superstardom. Farmer Wants A Wife launches for the first time in Belgium as Boer zoekt Vrouw.
America’s Got Talent airs and today holds the Guinness World Record for world’s most successful reality TV format, watched by over a billion viewers worldwide.
The highest rated entertainment show of the 21st century, Britain’s Got Talent premieres.
Susan Boyle’s famous Britain’s Got Talent audition begins our journey on YouTube – the clip broke three million views in five days.
Leading games development company Ludia, and renowned reality producers Original Productions join the Fremantle family.
Miso Film, leaders in Scandi drama, join the Fremantle family.
Wildside, producers of acclaimed drama ‘The Young Pope’ starring Jude Law and directed by Paolo Sorrentino become part of the Fremantle Family. They are joined by Kwai and No Pictures Please.
Abot Hameiri, makers of Shtisel, join the Fremantle family.
FremantleMedia rebrands to Fremantle.
Our Britain’s Got Talent YouTube channel received a Diamond Play button for reaching 10 million subscribers – first European TV channel to win this.
20 years of Grand Designs and 153 spectacular builds. Fremantle partners with Richard Brown and his label Passenger to develop and produce scripted series out of the US.
Got Talent format travels to over 75 territories around the world.
Farmer Wants a Wife celebrates 178 weddings and 360 babies.