In light entertainment, FremantleMedia Australia has achieved unprecedented ratings success with hits such as Family Feud
, The Price is Right
, Wheel of Fortune
, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
, The X Factor
and Nerds FC
. FremantleMedia Australia is also the market leader in the creation and production of digital media content.
In May 2013, the long-awaited FremantleMedia Australia drama series, Wentworth, a prequel to the iconic Australian series Prisoner, premiered on Australian television (Foxtel) to outstanding ratings. The show has since been sold to seven countries, including the UK. A German adaptation is in pre-production by UFA Serial Drama for RTL Television.
FremantleMedia Australia was formed in 2006 by the merger of two great names in the Australian television industry – Grundy and Crackerjack, who had both been acquired by FremantleMedia.
Primary creator and producer of original Comedy programming in Australia, Crackerjack was a renowned boutique production company operating since the early 90s headed up by Mark and Carl Fennessy. Their successes included Comedy Inc and The Chaser Decides.
Grundy was founded by Reg Grundy, its first production being Wheel of Fortune, which launched on Channel Nine in 1959. From its small beginnings, it became the largest, privately owned Australian producer and distributor of television programmes, both domestically and internationally.
Grundy’s first success in the serial drama genre came during the 1970’s with favourites The Young Doctors, The Restless Years, Sons and Daughters and Prisoner, which grew to worldwide cult status.
Aired on Network TEN since 1986, Neighbours continues to prove a prime time hit ranking No.1 in its time slot for key young adult target groups. Neighbours moved to broadcaster Five in the UK in February 2008 and is the highest rated daytime show for the broadcaster.