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Mega-successful production company responsible for Baywatch and importing/producing many foreign English-language (i.e., Canadian and British) shows, although Reality TV and Game Shows are their stock in trade. Bought out the entirety of Pearson's television division (which had been partly owned by them anyway), who in turn had bought out All-American Television. They all had essentially the same management, though. Fremantle (and formerly Pearson) also holds the rights to all Thames Television and Talkback Thames shows.Fremantle owns all formats and libraries formerly held by Goodson-Todman, Reg Grundy, Hatos-Hall, and Bill Carruthers...which adds up to a whole lot of footage. They even authorized DVD compilations of Family Feud, Password, Match Game, The Price Is Right, and Game Show Moments Gone Bananas...although further ones for Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, and What's My Line? didn't happen due to BCI going out of business. Fremantle also owns a video-game wing in Ludia, which makes video game versions of many of the more popular game shows (though often falls afoul of The Problem with Licensed Games).Fremantle strongly dislikes the Writer's Guild, often clashing with them over jurisdictional beefs since they think game/reality shows don't have writers...even though they do, with Jeopardy! and The Singing Bee as just two of the many examples.They're also frequent recipients of flack from classic Game Show fans for making unreasonable and unnecessary changes to their shows; said flack is rarely, if ever, without merit.Also notable for message board posters (particularly GSN's) spelling their name as "Freemantle". Just go to their website and tell them they're spelling their name wrong.
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