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BroadbandTV and FremantleMedia North America Ink Multi-Project Original Programming Deal

Leading media and technology company BroadbandTV (BBTV) has partnered with FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) digital content studio, Tiny Riot!, on a multi-year original programming deal spanning entertainment, gaming and music content. The deal initially sees both companies co-create five pilot shows, ahead of fully co-producing an ongoing series of popular content.

"We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the talented people at Tiny Riot! and FremantleMedia as we announce our second major initiative together. The team produces a number of popular and renowned shows such as Got Talent, The X Factor and Family Feud,” commented Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV. “FremantleMedia is YouTube’s biggest independent TV production partner and this partnership will combine our joint expertise, resources and reach to create, market and distribute compelling original content for the millennial audience with a focus on genres such as entertainment and gaming.”

The pilot shows are currently under development and sit within high-growth online content verticals, both companies will distribute the content through their most appropriate platforms once fully developed. BBTV currently achieves over 2.4 billion monthly impressions across its network, with over 22,000 content creators.

“BroadbandTV operates one of the leading multi-channel networks in the world, with significant success across a number of key verticals including gaming, entertainment, music and lifestyle. We’re very impressed with the growth, distribution and viewership numbers they have generated in a very short period of time,” said Gayle Gilman, EVP, Digital Content, FremantleMedia North America and General Manager, Tiny Riot! “This deal further strengthens our existing relationship and demonstrates our commitment to create the very best in online content together.”

In April this year, BBTV and FremantleMedia North America announced that BBTV’s content management team and proprietary technology platform, VISO NOVI, will track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 popular FremantleMedia TV shows, including: American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent, Baywatch and The X Factor.

In June 2013, the leading European entertainment network RTL Group acquired a majority stake in BBTV. Both companies also formed an ongoing strategic partnership to accelerate the global growth strategy of BBTV. RTL Group’s initial investment of US $36 million is part of a planned series of investments in the company.

About BroadbandTV

BroadbandTV is an innovative media and technology company that drives success for online video creators by leveraging its proprietary technology and massive online reach. BroadbandTV operates one of the world’s largest entertainment networks on YouTube with over 22,000 network partners amassing 2.4 billion impressions per month. BroadbandTV has developed some of the most advanced and innovative technologies in the online video space: VISO NOVI, for detecting and managing fan uploaded content and VISO Catalyst for enhancing viewership and engagement for premium videos. The company lives by its core values of Creativity, Collaboration, Care and Drive to foster entrepreneurship amongst independent content creators, and to advance the online video industry.

About Tiny Riot!

Tiny Riot! is FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) original digital content studio focused on developing and producing unique content for its own channels, including The Pet Collective, and through joint ventures and strategic partnerships such as the Munchies online food channel, a shared venture with VICE Media, and its content deals with StyleHaul and BroadbandTV. The studio also develops and produces digital content around FMNA’s TV properties including Family Feud and Celebrity Name Game, and provides ad sales, audience development and distribution strategies across all of its platforms.

About FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 28 countries, creating over 8500 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Original Productions and 495 Productions, produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including American Idol (FOX), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Party Down South (CMT), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), The Returned (A&E) and Celebrity Name Game (SYN), among others.

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