FremantleMedia takes majority stake in No Pictures Please

The global producer-distributor has acquired a 75% majority stake in Dutch prodco No Pictures Please, owned by presenter-producer Ewout Genemans (pictured, right, with Blue Circle CEO Georgette Schlick).
September 18, 2015

Global producer-distributor FremantleMedia has acquired a 75% majority stake in Dutch prodco No Pictures Please, owned by presenter and producer Ewout Genemans (pictured, right).

The deal was brokered by Blue Circle CEO Georgette Schlick (left) and is the latest in a raft of recent investments and partnerships for FremantleMedia. The company recently teamed with Danish indie Skylark, launched the digital media company Shotglass Media in April, and acquired a controlling stake in European MCN Divimove in January.

No Pictures Please has developed such series as De Roze Wildernis (Fathers Pride), chronicling gay sons and their fathers; Super Fans: Mijn idool is mijn leven (Super Fans: My Idol is My Life), which documents super fans attempting to become friendly with their idols; and From Russia With Love, following some men as they travel to the Russian Federation to find love.

The company will join FremantleMedia’s entertainment and scripted roster in the Netherlands, including Blue Circle and FourOne.Media.

“Ewout has been on Dutch screens for more than 10 years and has developed a very keen eye for what audiences want,” Schlick said in a statement.

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