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X Factor producer FremantleMedia is a global TV hits machine

Company still feels squeeze despite winning formats such as Got Talent and Idol

This week MediaGuardian 25, our survey of Britain's most important media companies, covering TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, music and digital, looks at FremantleMedia.

According to Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams, the dancing dog discovery show will return to UK screens in April. The question being asked by some analysts, though, is what talent does the programme's co-owner, Rtl's global production, distribution and rights business FremantleMedia, have coming through to replace its established mega-hit formats such as … Got Talent, … Idol and The X Factor?

London-based FremantleMedia's recently-published 2012 year-end figures show that revenue was €1.7bn (£1.47bn), up 19.7%. Last year its global network of production companies was responsible for more than 9,100 hours of TV programming in 62 countries. Fremantle also has history. One of its formats, The Price Is Right, launched in 1956 and is the longest-running gameshow in TV history, and
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