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Fremantle ups Christian Vesper to new drama role, extending prodco oversight

Fremantle has upped scripted chief Christian Vesper to a newly created role overseeing its global drama output and some of the production companies that produce it. Vesper, who had been president of global drama for Fremantle, is now CEO and reports into Andrea Scrosati, group COO and CEO of continental Europe. He will continue to […]

‘Normal People’ prodco Element Pictures hires Two Brothers exec as creative director

Normal People producer Element Pictures has hired Two Brothers Pictures exec Christopher Aird as creative director. In the newly created role, he will work alongside Element founder and co-CEO Ed Guiney to manage the development and production slate across TV and film for the UK, US, and international market. Based in London and commencing the role […]

TBI Weekly: Are we looking at peak M&A?

Consolidation is as much a part of the global TV business as cliffhanger endings and cocktail catch-ups in Cannes. But as buy-outs continue to dominate headlines, are we rapidly approaching peak M&A? For those in the content business, the year to date has been punctuated by a series of major industry upheavals with eye-watering numbers […]

Fremantle acquires majority stake in ‘Normal People’ firm Element Pictures

European production and distribution giant Fremantle has acquired a majority stake in UK film and drama production company Element Pictures. Working across production, distribution, and exhibition, Element Pictures is the firm behind the BBC adaptations of Sally Rooney’s Normal People and Conversations With Friends, and is managed by co-founders Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with […]

BritBox UK orders comedy-drama from ‘Normal People’ producer Element

ITV and BBC joint-venture streamer BritBox UK has commissioned The Dry, an original comedy-drama series about the struggles with both drink and family, from the prodco behind Normal People. Element Pictures is producing the eight-part series, in association with Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland and ITV Studios, and in partnership with RTÉ. The production began shooting in […]

Amazon, HBO Max & Waave among ‘Conversations With Friends’ deals

Amazon, HBO Max, Lionsgate Play and Waave are among a slew of companies to have pre-bought Conversations With Friends, the upcoming BBC and Hulu drama from the team behind Normal People. The 12 x 30-minute drama has been adapted from the debut novel by Sally Rooney and is being produced by Element Pictures and Endeavor Content, […]

‘Normal People’s music supervisor on how sounds serve the drama

Juliet Martin, music supervisor on Element Pictures’ Normal People for BBC Three and Hulu, explains the musical choices in the hit Irish drama and the wider importance of music in accentuating visual performances. We were incredibly lucky to have a fantastic team working on Normal People. The music choices were a collaboration between the director, Lenny Abrahamson, […]