SVP, Head of Global Non-Scripted, Acquisitions & Development, Global Content
FremantleMedia (Los Angeles)
Hayley Dickson is a Senior Vice President, serving as the Head of Non-Scripted Global Acquisitions and Development for FremantleMedia International’s (FMI) Global Content division. Reporting into FMI’s CEO, Jens Richter, Dickson is responsible for the acquisition of all non-scripted content for FMI’s distribution catalogue.
In this role, Dickson oversees FMI’s non-scripted departments worldwide to identify, develop and secure content for global distribution through a series of co-production, co-development, talent and acquisition deals with both FM’s network of non-scripted production companies, 3rd party producers, broadcasters and platforms. She manages first-look relationships and partnerships, and works closely with FremantleMedia’s owned production entities globally, such as FremantleMedia North America, Original Productions and 495 Productions in the US, Boundless, Thames and Talkback in the UK, and FremantleMedia Australia in order to secure a robust pipeline of content.
Since joining FMI, Dickson’s accomplishments have helped to shape the company’s global acquisitions strategy. Most recently, Dickson was responsible for bringing Soundbreaking, the eight-part documentary series that traces the history of recorded music, to FMI. She also brought the iconic I Am series to the company. Celebrating several of the world’s most recognizable personalities, the I Am series takes an in-depth look at superstars such as Bruce Lee, Johnny Cash and Steve McQueen. Dickson also helped FMI to secure the global rights to CNN’s The Sixties and The Seventies documentary series. Additional significant acquisitions that Dickson oversees for FMI include Project Runway, Half the Sky,Tattoo Nightmares, Auction Hunters,and Lindsay.
Leading the trend on digital, Dickson was responsible for bringing together a partnership with AOL, which saw FMI serving as the global distributor for Connected, AOL’s first long-form series. She oversees FMI’s relationship with WIGS, which brought Blue to the international marketplace with a linear television premiere on Lifetime in the UK. Dickson was also responsible for signing a first-look deal with Hulu for international distribution rights for Hulu’s original programming – a first of its kind deal for an online platform. In addition, previously she signed an overall partnership with Young Hollywood, one of the world’s largest producers of exclusive celebrity programming.
Dickson joined FMI in 2011 as Director of Acquisitions and Development, handling both scripted and unscripted content, and was promoted within this division to Vice President. Dickson recently took on a more global role with a focus on unscripted when promoted to her current position of Senior Vice President. Prior to joining FMI, Dickson was the Manager of Acquisitions for Shine International where she established the Acquisitions Department and oversaw all new business initiatives.