Richard Johns

FremantleMedia-backed drama venture created

FremantleMedia is putting its weight behind LocomoTV, a new drama venture from veteran British writing duo Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and Corona TV. FremantleMedia already has a stake in Corona, which Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn lead, and owns most of the rights to Marks and Gran’s back catalogue thanks to predecessor Pearson Television’s […]

FremantleMedia buys into indie start-up Corona

FremantleMedia has bought a 25% stake in indie start-up Corona TV. Corona TV is the new sister company of Corona Pictures, the movie prodco launched by Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn in 2009. It will make drama programming. The FremantleMedia deal gives the production and distribution group first look at Corona’s TV output. FremantleMedia and […]

Layer Cake writer attached to Wilbur Smith TV series

JJ Connolly, the scribe behind Daniel Craig feature film Layer Cake, is penning a FremantleMedia International drama that will reimagine Wilbur Smith historical fiction novels. Connolly will adapt the first three novels of Smith’s book series Birds of Prey. The news marks the first time a Wilbur Smith novel will be adapted for TV. Set […]