FremantleMedia signs over international rights for America's Got Talent

LONDON - FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has signed over the broadcast rights to a raft of international networks for America's Got Talent, the Fremantle and Syco TV-devised show.

David Ellender, the chief executive of FME, announced the deals across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas, which will make the show available to 80 countries across the globe.

In Europe, the show has been picked up by ITV2 in the UK, TV3 in Ireland, TV4 in Sweden, Channel 4 in Finland, and 365 Media in Iceland. In Australasia, the show's broadcast rights have been sold to Seven Network in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand.

FME's senior vice-president of sales for Asia Pacific has secured a pan regional deal for Asia Pacific with Star TV and On Media in Korea. The firm's vice-president of sales in Asia has brokered several deals with broadcasters including Mediacorp TV in Singapore, TVB in Hong Kong, Solar in the Philippines and UBC TV in Thailand.

In the Americas, FME has signed a pan-regional deal with Sony to air America's Got Talent across Latin America and the Caribbean. In Canada it has brokered deals with CTV and TVA Group.

America's Got Talent made its TV debut on NBC last year. It features wannabe stars with skills ranging from juggling and stripping to fire-eating and dancing, who must perform before a panel of judges including Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff.

The format has so far been sold to 16 countries.

Fremantle Media Enterprises is the commercial arm of FremantleMedia.

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