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FremantleMedia acquires 75% stake in No Pictures Please

MUMBAI: FremantleMedia has acquired a 75 per cent stake in Dutch factual producer No Pictures Please, a controversial factual programming company owned by popular presenter and producer Ewout Genemans.

The company will sit alongside FremantleMedia’s entertainment and scripted businesses in the Netherlands, Blue Circle and FourOne.Media.

This is the latest in a number of recent investments by FremantleMedia, including scripted businesses Wildside (Italy), Fontaram (France) and Corona Pictures (UK).

The No Pictures Please deal was brokered by Blue Circle CEO Georgette Schlick.

Schlick commented, “Ewout has been on Dutch screens for more than ten years and has developed a very keen eye for what audiences want. We’re delighted to be working with him and excited for what he will continue to produce for the Dutch and global market.”

Genemans added, “Being a part of Blue Circle and ultimately FremantleMedia presents a great opportunity to work with a fantastic Dutch operation as well as a globally established network of some of the best creative minds in television.”

No Pictures Please is best known for ‘De Roze Wildernis’ (Fathers Pride), a series about gay sons and their fathers; ‘Super Fans: Mijn idool is mijn leven’ (Super Fans: My idol is my life), which follows fans as they try to get closer to their idols; and ‘From Russia With Love’, a look at the men who travel to the former Eastern bloc to find love.