While neither company will confirm or deny the story, UK trade publications are reporting that the RTL Group-owned FremantleMedia is set to acquire All3Media for a price in the area of £500 million (approximately US$830 million).
When contacted by realscreen, both spokespersons for both companies dismissed a report from C21 Media, which broke yesterday (January 29) and stated that the two super-indies were in talks for a deal, calling the story “speculation.”
If it transpires, such a deal would make FremantleMedia, already a major international super-indie, one of the largest production companies on the globe. FremantleMedia North America currently has Original Productions as part of its stable; while in the UK, Boundless, Thames and Talkback are under the Fremantle umbrella.
All3Media, meanwhile, has 18 prodcos, including Studio Lambert, Optomen, Lime Pictures, Maverick, Lion Television and One Potato Two Potato in its roster. The company also established All3Media America in 2012, with Stephen Lambert as chairman and Eli Holzman as president.
FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz has said the company is looking to grow in scale both organically and via the acquisition route. In 2011, reports emerged that All3Media had called off looking for a buyer, with its majority owner, private equity firm Permira, unable to snag the asking price of £750 million, according to reports at the time.
In an interview with the Guardian, All3Media CEO Farah Razman Golant said that when it came to a potential sale and its attractiveness to shareholders, it would be “their call, not mine.”