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FremantleMedia picks up 25% stake in factual entertainment indie Full Fat TV

MUMBAI: Television format creator, distributor FremantleMedia has invested in the Birmingham-based factual entertainment indie, Full Fat TV.

FremantleMedia will now hold a minority stake of 25 per cent, with an option to increase its share in the future. Full Fat TV was set up earlier this year by Colette Foster, the former MD of Endemol label Remarkable TV.

Full Fat TV will focus on making factual entertainment and feature formats. The name Full Fat TV describes the content Foster wants the company to make: mischievous and funny but also nourishing and satisfying. Foster was keen to set up in her home town Birmingham.

Prior to launching the indie, Foster was Endemol’s Remarkable TV joint MD where she launched and oversaw over 20 factual brands including Channel 4’s ‘Supersize vs Superskinny’; ‘Gok’s Fashion Fix’, ‘Secret Eaters’ and ‘Bodyshockers’, Before joining Endemol, Foster developed and executive produced ’10 Years Younger’, ‘Embarrassing Illnesses’ and ‘How To Look Good Naked’.

FremantleMedia Global CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said of the deal, “Full Fat TV is a great complement to our existing portfolio and we’re looking forward to working with Colette on what will be a great slate of programming.”

Foster commented, “We are hugely excited about developing new standout factual entertainment programming and we are thrilled to be working with the team at FremantleMedia. They are terrific creative partners with an unrivalled network through which to develop programming and that is really exciting.”

FremantleMedia has made numerous investments recently to boost its creative network around the world including the entertainment and scripted indies Naked Entertainment and Corona Pictures in the UK; factual company No Pictures Please in the Netherlands; scripted outfits Fontaram and Kwai in France; and Wildside, the Italian company behind forthcoming project ‘The Young Pope’.