Fremantle closes raft of deals


Indian broadcaster Zee TV is one of six Asian outlets that have inked programming deals with FremantleMedia Enterprises, FME CEO David Ellender announced Monday.

Ganesh Rajaram, FME vp sales, Asia, was instrumental in brokering the sale of more than 400 hours of programming to broadcasters in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and India.

Mumbai-based Zee TV picked up Blueprint Entertainment's "The Best Years," which revolves around U.S. university life, as did Malaysia's Media Prima, which also acquired 142 hours of comedy, drama, lifestyle and factual programming, including the dark comedy series "Love You to Death."

"The Best Years" also caught the fancy of UBC in Thailand, which picked up 120 hours of programming including the British sitcom "The IT Crowd."

In the Philippines, FME inked a deal with broadcaster ABS-CBN for 76 hours of content including "Wide Sargasso Sea," while Solar acquired nearly 50 hours of programming.