David Ellender


Ex-Gaumont chief to lead Liberty-backed producer

Former Gaumont Television CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh is to lead to lead a production and distribution company with backing from Liberty Global and Texan TV financier TPG Growth. LA-based Platform One Media will aim to develop, produce and distribute high-end scripted programming for the US and international markets, with Narcos producer O’Connell Marsh (pictured) leading […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Das Boot fits as Sonar joins Sky drama

LA-based Sonar Entertainment will coproduce Sky’s German television remake of the anti-war film Das Boot. Sonar will coproduce the eight-part drama with Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Sky Deutschland, the German arm of European paycaster Sky. Sonar also takes worldwide sales rights, excluding the Sky pay TV territories: Germany, Austria, UK, Ireland and Italy. In June, Sky […]

Sonar makes raft of distribution hires

Sonar Entertainment has expanded its distribution team, adding new execs from Sky Vision, Televisa and Lionsgate. Carol Eymery and Roberta Ibba-Hartog have joined the US producer and distributor from Lionsgate UK; Kylie Munnich has come over from Sky Vision; and Andres Santos from Televisa. Sonar said it is making an aggressive push in content sales, […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part III

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action!   In a fragmented market, what is the most fruitful way to source IP?   Have you got a idea burning away, […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part II

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action!   The Netflix question: what is the single most important way in which Netflix has changed the TV drama market?   It […]

David Ellender joins Sonar

David Ellender has joined Sonar Entertainment and will be president, global distribution at the LA-based producer and distributor. Ellender, the former boss of FremantleMedia’s commercial division, earlier this month exited Slingshot Global Media, the LA-based prodco he created in 2014. He will work across distribution in key territories as well as expanding coproduction initiatives at […]

Ellender exits producer Slingshot

Former FremantleMedia sales chief David Ellender has left the LA-based content producer he launched two years ago. The former CEO of FremantleMedia International has left Slingshot Global Media, a parting that Deadline reported to be “amicable”. Ellender launched Slingshot in February 2014 with backing from private investor TPG Growth. The remaining staff, which includes head […]

Slingshot, EuropaCorp partner for drama JV

David Ellender’s Slingshot Global Media and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Television Studios have partnered in a non-exclusive development joint venture pact. The pair plans to co-develop and finance two projects a year. The firms believe their straight-to-series business models could compliment each other. Slingshot founder and CEO Ellender said together the companies would be able to […]

Slingshot hooks up with Hemlock Grove team

David Ellender’s Slingshot Globa Media has entered into a first-look deal with El Jefe, a new prodco launched by creators of Netflix horror drama Hemlock Grove. Novelists Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, who created Hemlock Grove, recently launched LA-based El Jefe alongside fellow author Philipp Meyer, whose book The Son is already being adapting The Son for AMC. […]

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