David Ellender

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. […]

Ellender’s Slingshot to launch Keanu Reeves’ Rain

David Ellender’s Slingshot Global Media is working Hollywood star Keanu Reeves on a TV adaptation of Rain, a best-selling book series from author Barry Eisner. Reeves will executive produce and star in Rain, which follows a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin that specialises in making his kills seem like natural deaths. Reeves will play the lead […]

David Ellender hires for new prodco

David Ellender has recruited Quan Phung who will join Slingshot Global Media, the former FremantleMedia boss’ recently-formed prodco. Phung most recently worked at US indie Bluegrass Television. Before that he was at News Corp. (now 21st Century Fox). While at News’ US broadcast network Fox he developed How I Met Your Mother and My Name […]

FremantleMedia’s Ellender resurfaces with LA gig

Former FremantleMedia boss David Ellender is launching a television content business in LA. Backed by US-based financier TPG Group, Slingshot Global Media will focus on creating scripted shows for the US and international markets. Ellender exited his role as CEO of FremantleMedia Enterprises last year in the wake a broad company restructure.

Richter to lead FremantleMedia International

Red Arrow International’s managing director Jens Richter will take on the global distribution business of producer FremantleMedia next year. Richter has been appointed CEO of FremantleMedia International and will take up the job in December 2014 upon the ending of his current contract. He replaces David Ellender, who was one of a number of executives […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]

FremantleMedia pitching Al Pacino Napoleon drama

FremantleMedia is pitching a new drama series about Napoleon Bonaparte with Al Pacino slated to play the French emperor, TBI understands. The Man on the Rock is a miniseries project about the life of the French military leader and A-lister Pacino is being lined up to play the title role There is also a late […]

International Studios: Drama Studies

For a week in May the attention of the TV world is focused on Hollywood studios as they present their new shows to international buyers at the LA Screenings. While the acquisitions folk are spending time – and money – with the Majors, an increasing amount of high-end drama is coming out of the LA […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

Emmerich to adapt Lawrence of Arabia for TV

Hollywood director Roland Emmerich and FremantleMedia International are developing a six-hour epic miniseries based on T.E. Lawrence, known better as Lawrence of Arabia. The pair are working with Marc Frydman (Straw Dogs) and Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander in Chief) to develop the series, which will be written by screenwriter Clive Bradley (City of Vice, […]