November 2015

Fremantle Media buys stake in Full Fat TV

Fremantle Media has acquired a stake in Full Fat TV, the indie set up by former Remarkable managing director Colette Foster.

The super-indie has seen off competition from a number of other firms to take a minority stake in the business, which was established in July.

It is the RTL-owned company’s latest investment in a UK indie; in September it took a 25% stake in Simon Andreae’s London-based firm Naked Entertainment.

Foster told Broadcast that the investment would allow the Birmingham-based indie to become a “sustainable” regional business. With her previous credits including Supersize vs Superskinny, How To Look Good Naked and Bodyshockers, Full Fat is to focus on factual entertainment and feature formats.

The fledgling business has begun to staff up, having hired Rugby-based Perjeet Aujla, a former member of Channel 4’s diversity scheme, as a senior development executive.

The firm is now hunting for creative development staff, as well as senior executive producers. “It’s not just about the concept, but it’s about the delivery as well,” said Foster.

Following the investment, Fremantle Media International will distribute Full Fat’s programmes. “Fremantle Media works on a global scale and my history is producing big formats that have a universal theme that can sell worldwide,” Foster added.

Fremantle Media global chief executive Cecile Frot-Coutaz said Foster had a “strong vision” of what she wanted to achieve.

“Full Fat TV is a great complement to our existing portfolio and we’re looking forward to working with her on what will be a great slate of programming,” she added.

Source: Broadcast Now

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