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Fremantlemedia on deal spree, acquires 25% stake in UK content company

MUMBAI: Television format creator, distributor FremantleMedia has acquired 25 per cent stake in Man Alive Entertainment, an independent television content company floated by Justin Gorman.

FremantleMedia also has the option to further increase its share in the future.

Man Alive Entertainment will develop and produce large scale entertainment and factual entertainment programming as well as reality, game show and quiz formats.

Gorman was earlier the head of entertainment at UK broadcaster Channel 4. He has more than 20 years of experience in creating, commissioning and producing series.

Prior to Channel 4, Gorman was executive producer at Objective Productions (All3Media) and Princess Productions (Endemol Shine Group).

Gorman, who is Man Alive creative director, CEO, said:“It’s very exciting to be launching Man Alive Entertainment. We are a small but very experienced indie, with a great track record in creating award-winning entertainment formats and multi-screen content. I’m delighted to have the backing of FremantleMedia – its creative network is unrivalled and I look forward to creating some outstanding television content for the UK and the world.”

FremantleMedia director of global entertainment Rob Clark commented, “Justin is one of the most respected execs in television, he has creative flair, great relationships with talent and broadcasters, and he’s been a part of some of the biggest shows in the industry. We’re looking forward to making some great shows and being part of the company’s growth.”

Hannah Dodson joins Gorman as head of development. Dodson was previously part of Gorman’s team at Channel 4 and exec produced ‘The Mash Up’, ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ and ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’.

This news comes on the back of FremantleMedia’s investment in UK factual indie Full Fat TV announced last month, and follows a slate of deals that add to its creative network around the world including Naked Entertainment and Corona Pictures in the UK; No Pictures Please in the Netherlands; Fontaram and Kwai in France; and Wildside in Italy.