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Fremantle buys into Bend It TV

FremantleMedia has bought a 25% stake in scripted prodco Bend It Television. This is the latest in a long line of similar investment deals RTL Group-owned Fremantle has closed under CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz. Kenyan-born British film veteran Gurinder Chadha is behind Bend It. Her credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and Angus, […]

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 […]