Tokyo - FremantleMedia Asia has announced the appointment of Shingo Ishiyama as the president and representative director of FremantleMedia Japan, K.K. Before joining Fremantle, Shingo spent 21 years at Fuji Television Network and held a variety of positions in programming, production, sales, and strategic planning. Shingo was also general manager of Fuji's Los Angeles office from 2001-2003. He was most recently board member, deputy president & general manager of Animax Broadcast Japan, a joint … [Read more...] about FremantleMedia Asia appoints President and Representative Director of FremantleMedia Japan, K.K.
Singapore - Fremantle Productions is shifting its focus "to become production markets rather than just licensing" in four key markets in Asia Pacific - says business development manager Indriena Basarah. Most active for Fremantle is Indonesia, which is producing Indonesia Idol, Got Talent for 2009, Hole in the Wall, Thank God You're Here, Password and All Star Athletics. China is a market about which managing director Patrick Schult is the most excited, having syndicated Family Feud nationally, … [Read more...] about Production focus for Fremantle Asia Pacific
one of the hottest topics on the agenda at the recent BCWW Conference 2008 in Seoul was that of format licensing. At first blush, it seemed a quite incongruous topic in a market that has neither imported nor exported formats of any kind, but that looks set to change with at least two Western formats set to hit South Korean screens. Endemol’s senior licensing manager commercial & creative affairs Maarten Meijs announced that not only has gameshow 1 versus 100 been licensed into the … [Read more...] about Formatting for the future
Jakarta - Singapore's Hady Mirza was crowned the first Asian Idol, held December 17, 2007, at the Jakarta International Expo. Mirza pipped his fellow five contestants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and India amidst some criticism of the voting system. Disappointingly, many critics were from the new Asian Idol's home country of Singapore, where bloggers and journalists alike speculated that Mirza won by virtue of accumulating the most second votes - cast for the wrong reasons. … [Read more...] about Singapore surprise at Asian Idol
Sydney - Showtime movie networks isn’t waiting to see how subscribers respond to its steamy new Australian drama Satisfaction: it has commissioned a second series. Created and produced by Roger Simpson and set in an upmarket brothel, Satisfaction premieres on Dec. 5 as one of the opening week attractions on spin-off channel Showcase. “It is beautifully produced with compelling scripts about a secret and intriguing world. The performances by the cast are outstanding and we look … [Read more...] about More Satisfaction from Showtime