Birds of Prey

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 […]

The copro landscape: Meet the fixers

A batch of one-stop shop consultancies from the UK aimed at facilitating global coproduction has emerged in the past year. Jesse Whittock gets the low-down on their strategies as the boom in international drama continues. It is obvious that, with television drama in a prolonged golden era, broadcasters will increasingly be on the hunt for […]

FremantleMedia eyes French drama push

FremantleMedia is looking at ramping up its scripted business in France, as the company’s push into high-end drama continues. The production giant’s director of global drama Sarah Doole told TBI that France was a priority territory. Nathalie Drouaire, a former M6 exec who partnered with FremantleMedia in 2010, is aggressively hunting for French scripts that […]

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 […]