Donna Wiffen

Elba indie co-founder pacts with Bob & Co. prodcos

One of the founders of Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures is to consult for Bob & Co.-backed UK prodcos Woodcut Media and Duchess Street Productions. Nicholas Yearwood recently left Green Door after three years, during which time he was executive producer on shows such as Sky’s Ones to Watch and Elba’s doc Mandela, My Dad […]

Raw drama exec joins Wiffen’s prodco

Miriam Brent is joining former FremantleMedia drama chief Donna Wiffen’s prodco, Duchess Street Productions. Brent is leaving her post as development editor at Raw TV to become script executive at Duchess Street. She officially begins today and will work alongside development producer Jo Roderick at the Bob & Co.-backed firm, which ex-Fremantle head of worldwide […]

K-content: head on

The first South Korean content wave broke the country’s shows into China, Japan and across Asia. Now, a second wave is seeing the country’s drama and entertainment reaching western shores. South Korea is already a drama producing territory of note and is now aiming to build its formats and factual production markets, with western buyers […]

News brief: Clifton Chronicles prodco taps ex-Sky exec

The Clifton Chronicles firm Duchess Street Productions has hired a former Sky drama executive to become its development producer. Jo Roderick will develop and provide editorial guidance on a slate of scripts, including one idea currently at Sky 1 for the Bob & Co.-owned prodco, which former FremantleMedia drama boss Donna Wiffen (left) runs as […]

Donna Wiffen leaving FremantleMedia, will oversee new UK prodco

Donna Wiffen is exiting FremantleMedia and has been brought in as a consultant to run a new UK production company, Duchess Street Productions. The new drama prodco has been set up by media advisory firm Bob & Co, and its first project will be a TV version of Jeffrey Archer’s bestselling book series The Clifton […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

FremantleMedia splits drama and digital media; ups Donna Wiffen

FremantleMedia has separated its drama and digital divisions and promoted Donna Wiffen to head of worldwide drama. Claire Tavernier previously oversaw digital and drama at the production and distribution firm as senior EVP, FMX and worldwide drama. She remains in charge of the FMX digital division. Wiffen has been at FremantleMedia since 2009 and previously […]