Fremantle teams with 87 Films for development

FremantleMedia has partnered with 87 Films for creative scripted development. 87 Films is a UK-based production company formed by Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton (pictured left) and Jim Keeble (pictured right) as well as executive producer Patrick Irwin (The Fall). Under the agreement, 87 Films will collaborate on scripted projects for the international market alongside […]

Who to meet in Cannes: Katrina Neylon, FremantleMedia

Name: Katrina Neylon; Company: FremantleMedia International Katrina Neylon joined FremantleMedia International (FMI) as global content head in September after two years at Studiocanal, in effect replacing former Shine International colleague Georgia Brown, who left for Amazon Studios over the summer. Neylon joined the company four weeks before MIPCOM, an unenviable task when working for a […]

Fremantle’s Lamb lands major BBC post

FremantleMedia’s Suzy Lamb has landed the entertainment and music genre director post at BBC Studios. The role was created earlier this year when director Mark Linsey decided to split the BBC Studios entertainment division in two. Lamb, currently head of entertainment at Fremantle-owned Thames, will lead the entertainment and music unit, putting her in charge […]

Fremantle invests in factual indie Label1

FremantleMedia is set to invest in ‘fast-growing’ UK indie Label1. Fremantle will take a 25% stake in the factual producer, the same amount it has invested in a spate of other prodcos in recent years. Label1 has created and produced series such as The Job Interview for Channel 4 and Hospital for BBC Two. It […]

Fremantle & UFA adapt Robert Harris thriller Munich

FremantleMedia has signed a deal with author Robert Harris to produce the TV adaptation of his latest novel Munich. The international coproduction between FremantleMedia’s Euston Films and UFA Fiction will be shot in the UK and Germany. Munich is a spy thriller set to the fateful Munich Conference of September in 1938. It deals with […]

Staring into the Hard Sun

While investigating what appears to be the routine death of a computer hacker in London, Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) stumble upon proof that the world is facing certain destruction in just five years. They soon find themselves being pursued by ruthless security service operatives who are willing to kill in […]

David Lyle passes away aged 67

Former Fox, National Geographic and FremantleMedia chief David Lyle has passed away aged 67. The well-liked and much-respected executive succumbed after a long fight with cancer on Thursday at his home in LA. The Australia-born Lyle was permanent figure at international markets such as MIPCOM, and was widely respected for his humorous, straight-talking approach to […]

Holloway exiting Thames after 20 years

Richard Holloway is leaving FremantleMedia UK producer Thames after 20 years with the business. During that time, he has produced shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. His career in entertainment, however, spans five decades, making him one of the most recognisable figures in British television and media. His credits […]

Duck Soup appeals to Red script exec

FremantleMedia-backed Duck Soup Films has appointed Red Production Company script editor Jackie Okwera as its head of development. Okwera will join the Leeds-based indie in September, as the company eyes its first scripted television and films commissions. This comes after FremantleMedia bought a 25% stake in Duck Soup, which This is England and Utopia producers […]

Fremantle buys Essential drama division

FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in the drama wing of Australian producer Essential Media, and is relaunching it as Easy Tiger Productions. Essential co-founder Ian Collie is to become managing director of Easy Tiger, alongside fellow Essential alumni Rachael Turk and Tanya Phegan. Essential’s current drama projects are transferring over to Easy Tiger, along […]

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