Fremantle is one of the market leaders in Australia in the creation and production of entertainment brands.
In Australia, Fremantle has produced the hugely successful Take Me Out, Family Feud, Great Australian Bake Off, Grand Designs Australia, The X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent and original drama such as Wentworth, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Neighbours, Hoges, Mary: Making Of A Princess and Wonderland.
Fremantle is also at the forefront in the creation and production of digital media content, brand integration and brand extensions including the popular Grand Designs Magazine and Australia's number one selling board game, Family Feud.
Fremantle has a long and distinguished history in the Australian television industry. For nearly 60 years we have been at the forefront of innovative programming and production. And it all started with one man, Reg Grundy, and his company Grundy Television.
Grundy’s first television production, Wheel of Fortune (based on Reg Grundy’s radio programme of the same name), first aired on Channel Nine on September 1st, 1959. From its small beginnings, Grundy expanded and diversified into almost every facet of entertainment in Australia, becoming the largest privately owned Australian producer and distributor of television programmes both domestically and internationally.
In 1993 Reg Grundy was inducted into the Australian Logies Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he received the International Founders Emmy Award for the Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Television around the World. He passed away in May 2016.
Grundy first discovered success in the serial drama genre with ‘70s favorites such as The Young Doctors, The Restless Years, Sons and Daughters and Prisoner, which grew to worldwide cult status. Today, the international success of Neighbours has arguably made it one of most popular drama serials ever produced.
In light entertainment, Grundy achieved unprecedented ratings success with hits such as Family Feud, Perfect Match, Blankety Blanks, The Price Is Right, Sale of the Century, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Wheel of Fortune, the fun-filled entertainment show It’s a Knockout and the infotainment series Australia’s Most Wanted.
In the late 1980s, Reg Grundy established Grundy Worldwide Limited. His global vision of "international parochialism" led him to establish and operate local, independent television production and distribution companies around the world including the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and North and South America. These locally operated offices produced and distributed Grundy programmes that, today, more than a decade later, are seen in over 100 countries around the world.
As a result of this globalisation, Grundy was Australia’s first production company to be credited with successfully opening the world television market to home-grown Australian talent and production techniques.
On March 26 1995, a deal was signed in London between Reg Grundy and global entertainment company Pearson Television to acquire Grundy Worldwide. The Australian branch of the company remained with its roots and was called Grundy Television from 1995 to 2006, where it eventually took on the rebranded company name FremantleMedia Australia.
In April 2000, Pearson Television merged with CLT-UFA to create RTL Group, a leader across broadcast, content and digital. In August 2001, Pearson Television changed its name to FremantleMedia for the content production division of RTL Group and in December of that year Pearson Television’s holding company, Pearson PLC, sold its stake in RTL Group to the German-based Bertelsmann Group, which is one of the world’s largest media companies. In 2018, FremantleMedia Australia was rebranded simply Fremantle to recognise the global connectivity of the company.
In recent years, the impact of Fremantle productions on the Australian cultural psyche is undeniably impressive, with the company remaining one of the market leaders in the Australian entertainment scene with shows including the iconic Australian Idol, the launch of MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance in Australia, Celebrity Apprentice, Project Runway, as well as the aforementioned titles.
Globally, Fremantle is one the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. A global entertainment powerhouse, Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 60 formats and air 450 programmes a year worldwide. The group distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 300 million subscribers across 1,400 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms. Fremantle is part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.
Also operating in Australia and based in the Sydney office is Fremantle International. Fremantle International is the global distribution division of Fremantle. The division is responsible for global sales across linear television, SOVD, digital and home entertainment platforms of finished content and format sales in non-production territories, as well as the acquisition and development of new programmes for the international market. In addition to the world-class FremantleMedia production families around the globe, Fremantle International works with the highest calibre creative talent, producers, channels, licensees and studios to create, finance and distribute the best content in the business.