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Exclusive: FremantleMedia N.A. inks deal with Tent City

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has extended its unscripted footprint by entering into a production partnership with non-fiction studio Tent City Entertainment. Launched in September by co-founders Lisa Bourgoujian (pictured, left) and Lori Rothschild ...
January 18, 2017

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has extended its unscripted footprint by entering into a production partnership with non-fiction studio Tent City Entertainment.

Launched in September by co-founders Lisa Bourgoujian (pictured, left) and Lori Rothschild Ansaldi (right), Tent City specializes in developing and producing unscripted true crime, historical, light entertainment and event programming for all of the major broadcast, cable and digital networks.

The pair has collaborated for more than 15 years, including a stint at LMNO Productions where Ansaldi served as senior VP of development and communications and Bourgoujian as senior VP of current programming.

Collectively, Ansaldi and Bourgoujian produced last year’s two-night crime special DB Cooper: Case Closed, History’s most-watched program over a three-year period; The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead, Killer Confessions and Murder Book for Investigation Discovery; FYI’s Deadly Wives; and Lifetime Movie Network’s Diabolical Women.

The Los Angeles-based production company now complements FMNA’s current portfolio of alternative programming through Fremantle’s core business as well as Original Productions, 495 Productions and Random House Studio.

“True crime is something we at FMNA haven’t yet tapped into and it’s a genre that continues to be in demand with viewers in the U.S. and abroad,” said FMNA co-CEO Jennifer Mullin in a statement. “We look forward to expanding on Lori and Lisa’s long, successful track record and will also look to their team’s expertise in related scripted ventures.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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