Paris, 07 August 2009 - FremantleMedia Chief Executive Tony Cohen will deliver a keynote address at MIPCOM 2009 on Monday October 5.

    Tony Cohen's speech will launch MIPCOM's new ‘Rethinking Production' programme, which combines a series of conferences dedicated to production, matchmaking opportunities and product screenings.

    The FremantleMedia CEO will outline his vision for the future of television production and share his thoughts and experiences relating to the creative industries.

    Laurine Garaude, acting Television Division Director at Reed MIDEM, said: "We are committed to providing a forum for the production community to map out its future. Having the opportunity to listen to someone with Tony Cohen's international experience is a real bonus," says

    Tony Cohen has been CEO of FremantleMedia since 2001, after originally joining the company in 1995 as Managing Director of the Broadcasting Division. He then ran the company's US production operation in Los Angeles for a number of years.

    Owned by the RTL Group, FremantleMedia is a world leader in content production, with more than 300 series a year produced across its international network of companies. The company is responsible for some of the world's largest and most successful entertainment formats, as well as prime time drama, serial drama, and factual programming.

    It is also one of the largest independent programme distributors and has a global ancillary rights business which is responsible for brand licensing, interactive, mobile and home entertainment.

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    Notes to editors:

    About REED MIDEM

    Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM HORIZONS and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

    Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organiser, with over 470 events in 37 countries. In 2008 Reed brought together over seven million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 38 fully staffed offices.

    Reed organises a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 470 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering, manufacturing, environment, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, medical education, printing & graphics, property & real estate, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.

    For further information about Reed MIDEM visit http://www.reedmidem.com/

    About FremantleMedia

    FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia's worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world's highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes talkbackTHAMES, UFA and Grundy amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating over 14,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world's most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Neighbours, The Bill, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife and Hole In The Wall.

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