FremantleMedia takes Naked stake

The global producer-distributor has taken a 25% stake in former Fox reality boss Simon Andreae's new prodco, Naked Entertainment.
September 17, 2015

Global producer-distributor FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in former Fox reality boss Simon Andreae‘s new prodco, Naked Entertainment.

Based in London, Naked Entertainment will develop entertainment, factual and fact ent formats, both as series and one-offs.

“We are actively looking for the right companies and talent to expand and strengthen our business,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, in a statement. “Simon is one of the industry’s preeminent factual entertainment producers with a long history of delivering hits with global appeal. He already has a strong development slate and I’m really pleased to be partnering with him to bring his projects to audiences around the world.”

Andreae was most recently the executive vice president of alternative entertainment for Fox, where he oversaw such projects as MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance. He also greenlit Fox’s version of the Talpa Media format, Utopia.

Prior to Fox, he served as SVP, development and production, for Discovery, where he developed current ratings hits Naked and Afraid and Fast ‘n’ Loud. Before his stint in the U.S., he headed up science and education programming at Channel 4, and was a founding partner of UK indie Optomen Television.

“Naked, as the name suggests, aims to be provocative and risk-taking — but also kind of simple and straightforward — producing content designed to attract, surprise, and I hope delight audiences both in the UK and overseas,” commented Andreae about the new endeavor.

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