American Idol producer FremantleMedia and Random House Inc, the U.S. division of trade-book publisher Random House, have partnered to develop scripted television programming for the U.S. and international markets based on the fiction and nonfiction books published by Random House’s imprints in North America and internationally. As part of the first-look deal, Random House Studio, the publisher’s rebranded entertainment division led by president Peter Gethers, is launching new division Random House Television. It will work together with Random House’s editors and publishers, and their authors’ agents, to acquire rights for broadcast network, cable, and premium television scripted projects and will collaborate with Random House authors to develop original scripted television properties. Both FremantleMedia and Random House are Bertelsmann AG companies.
Jeffrey Levine has been named Head of Television for Random House Television. Based in FremantleMedia’s Los Angeles offices and reporting to Gethers, he will work closely with Jeff Tahler, FremantleMedia Enterprises SVP Global Content, and Tony Optican, SVP Scripted Programming for FremantleMedia North America, and with the Random House Studio team. Levine comes from Spring Creek Prods, where he worked on the development of such features as Blood Diamond and Monster-In-Law and was an executive producer on HBO’s Too Big To Fail. Also joining the Random House Television team in Los Angeles is Christina Malach, Executive Story Editor, Random House Studio. Random House Studio’s first-look deal with FremantleMedia was negotiated by UTA.