Growing its international footprint, FremantleMedia has taken a 51% stake in Israel’s Abot Hameiri. The production company specializes in entertainment formats, scripted reality and drama. Since being founded by Eitan Abot and Guy Hameiri in 2006, the outfit has produced local versions of The X Factor, Survivor and Amazing Race.
Abot Hameiri also develops and produces its own formats, including Power Couple. Scripted programming has included Shtisel and A Good Family.
Fremantle says it was seeking a partner in Israel with a complementary creative approach and strong relationships as its entry point. Fremantle will look to produce and distribute content from Abot Hameiri through its international global network.
Fremantle’s other prodco investments include the UK’s Man Alive Entertainment, Naked Entertainment, Full Fat TV, and Corona Pictures; No Pictures Please in the Netherlands; France’s Fontaram and Kwai; Italy’s Wildside; and U.S. reality producer 495 Productions.