Eureka to Lead Fremantle’s Format Business in Australia


Fremantle is set to bring the development and production of all entertainment, reality and game-show formats in Australia under the unscripted producer Eureka Productions.

The new structure follows Fremantle’s increased shareholding in Eureka last year. It will see the label take on production of Fremantle’s entire entertainment catalog in Australia, including Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol and Farmer Wants a Wife.

Eureka Productions is led by co-CEOs Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin. Fremantle Australia’s interim CEO, Greg Woods, will take on the CEO role permanently. He will lead the other side of the Australian business, which will focus on the development and production of drama, documentaries and factual-skewing programs. Under Woods’ leadership, Fremantle Australia will continue production of the factual-skewing formats Grand Designs and Restoration Australia while continuing to build its documentaries business and place a greater emphasis on global drama production in Australia.

Jennifer Mullin, group CEO of Fremantle, said: “Greg has been a key part of the Fremantle Australia leadership team for 13 years. This is a natural progression at an exciting time for the business. I have known and worked with Chris and Paul for many years and have no doubt that our entertainment catalog in Australia will continue to thrive in their hands.”

Woods added: “I am incredibly excited to be taking up the reigns at Fremantle and looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. I am so very proud to be working with the most talented and passionate people who will shape the irresistible content of the future.”

Culvenor and Franklin commented: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Eureka representing and producing Fremantle’s amazing unscripted catalog, which includes some of the biggest entertainment, reality and game shows in the world. All at Eureka are truly excited to be bringing these formats to life in Australia.”