The company behind Got Talent and X Factor has taken a 25% stake in Hunter’s London-based Wild Blue Media, with an option to increase its share in the future.
Wild Blue will “focus on creating new returnable brands with broad international appeal across factual, factual entertainment and live events.”
Hunter previously worked for Studio Lambert and the BBC where he served as executive producer on five seasons of automotive series Top Gear beginning in 2002. His credits include Coast, Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds, SAS: Are You Tough Enough? and the Emmy-winning BBC, National Geographic Channel and Red Bull coproduction Space Dive.
FremantleMedia has made several investments and acquisitions in the international indie sector over the last 12 months. In April, the superindie backed Release the Hounds creators Sam Pollard and James Abadi’s upstart shop Dr. Pluto.
In January, the company took a 51% stake in Israeli shop Abot Hameiri. Fremantle has also recently taken stakes in Man Alive Entertainment, Full Fat TV, No Pictures Please, Corona Pictures, Naked Entertainment, Fontaram, Kwai, Wildside and digital media company Squawka.