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FremantleMedia’s Gilman to head Tiny Riot digital studio

Following her talk at the Stream Market conference, FremantleMedia North America's Gayle Gilman (pictured) shared details about Tiny Riot, the firm's new venture which aims to make 80-100 hours of programming over the next year.
June 2, 2014

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is launching its own digital studio called Tiny Riot, to be led by Gayle Gilman (pictured), FMNA’s former exec vice president of digital content and now Tiny Riot’s exec VP and general manager.

Tiny Riot will develop and produce digital-first original content for its own channels and joint ventures such as the Munchies online food channel, a shared venture with Vice Media; and StyleHaul, Gilman told StreamDaily on Monday (June 2) after her panel session at the Stream Market conference in California, during which she spoke about the importance of reaching millennial audiences.

“We’re going to look at launching our own channels, like the Pet Collective, that we will own outright and control and distribute and create the content for,” she said.

With a team of about a dozen people working for her in LA, Gilman aims to produce 80-100 hours of new content in Tiny Riot’s first year.

The focus is on non-fiction content within the fashion, pets, food and game show categories. FMNA’s TV properties, including Family Feud and the upcoming Celebrity Name Game, will have their own digital spin-offs, but Tiny Riot will focus on digital extensions on future projects.

“I’m not going to get involved with Idol at this point, but I am going to get involved in stuff that we’re going to be taking out to pitch in the future,” Gilman declares, “Because Idol, the rights are all tied up. So if there are shows that were about to go to market with, we will be doing — as I think one of the other panelists said — the full digital and social strategy in addition to pitching it as a TV show.”

Although FremantleMedia has been producing digital content for partner sites, the launch of their own digital studio underscores just how important digital programming is to the media company, and allows for a group that will be operating differently from the TV group, she said.

Shows will be promoted on social media and live on YouTube.

“I don’t look at [YouTube] as part of our strategy, I look at it as a backbone,” Gilman said during the Stream Market panel, titled “Digital power plays: What’s Next for the Studios?”

“The only thing I dislike about YouTube is the revenue share. Other than that it’s fantastic,” she said.

FremantleMedia has been creating digital content for some time; the creation of a specific studio devoted to the space underscores the importance of online programming to the company, she added.

  • From Stream Daily. With files from Nick Krewen
About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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