David Ellender


DirecTV taps LaBute for second original series

US pay TV provider DirecTV has followed up its maiden original series Rogue by commissioning a 10-part drama from feature film screenwriter Neil LaBute. Full Circle is billed by its producers as a “revolutionary” scripted series format with a revolving cast that will follow conservations between 11 people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are interconnected. […]

FremantleMedia says restructure positions it for digital growth

The recent restructure at FremantleMedia has positioned it to capitalise on digital opportunities and acquisitions in the digital sector are likely, CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz (pictured) said. In response to a question from TBI, Frot-Coutaz said the recent restructure at the RTL-owned producer and distributor leaves it well placed to grow its digital business. The changes […]

Hindle to head new FremantleMedia digital arm

FremantleMedia has appointed its stateside-based exec Keith Hindle to lead its newly created Digital and Branded Entertainment arm. FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz has called on Hindle, who was previously CEO of the Americas for the company’s licensing and distribution arm FremantleMedia Enterprises, to become CEO of digital and branded entertainment. Hindle will report into Frot-Coutaz, […]

FremantleMedia reorganises, starts consultation with staff

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia is reorganising its business and creating a dedicated Digital & Branded Entertainment unit. The company has started a consultation process with all staff in the affected units while the new structure is implemented. In the wake of the news, the company told TBI it will work to minimise any job losses. […]

FremantleMedia making English version of French zombie series

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) is making an English-language version of French zombie series Les Revenants (They Came Back). The English version will be made by AbbottVision, State of Play and Shameless creator Paul Abbott’s production company, with which FME has a first-look deal. They Came Back was originally developed as a movie before being adapted for […]