FremantleMedia takes majority stake in Dutch factual producer



| 19 September 2015

Continuing its programme of tapping into regional talent, FremantleMedia has taken a 75% stake in Dutch business No Pictures Please.

The factual programming company owned by popular presenter and producer Ewout Genemans is best known for alternative lifestyle content such as De Roze Wildernis, Super Fans: Mijn idool is mijn leven, and From Russia With Love.

The acquisition will see No Pictures Please sit alongside FremantleMedia’s entertainment and scripted businesses in the Netherlands, Blue Circle and FourOne.Media. The deal is the latest in a number of recent investments by FremantleMedia including scripted businesses Wildside, Fontaram and Corona Pictures.

The No Pictures Please deal was brokered by Georgette Schlick, CEO of Blue Circle, who commented: “Ewout has been on Dutch screens for more than 10 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.”