The Apartment, Fandango & Blue Morning team to adapt Massini’s ‘The Lehman Trilogy’

Oscar-winning filmmaker Florian Zeller has teamed with Fremantle-owned The Apartment Pictures and Fandango on a TV series adaptation of playwright Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy. Zeller will direct, write and co-produce the project under his newly formed Blue Morning Pictures banner, alongside Apartment Pictures’ Lorenzo Mieli and Fandango’s Domenico Procacci. Massini’s epic drama charts the […]

The Content Group hires Fremantle, ITVS alum amid development push

Asylum Entertainment Group’s The Content Group (TCG) has landed a former Fremantle exec as its SVP of content development. Matt Wrablik is charged with developing docuseries and formats for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and will be based out of both the LA and Nashville offices. He will work alongside the expanding development team, including fellow SVP […]

Shahid VIP preps Tony Jordan drama, with Katrina Neylon joining sales team

Saudi Arabia-based streamer Shahid VIP is preparing to launch its latest project from Life On Mars’ Tony Jordan, with former Fremantle and StudioCanal exec Katrina Neylon leading on global sales. The Devil’s Promise is from Shahid VIP’s in-house production division MBC Studios and follows a man who promises to sell his soul to the devil in […]

Fox raids int’l format market for Fremantle & Banijay Rights shows

US broadcaster Fox has raided the international format market for its latest entertainment programming, with reboots of Farmer Wants A Wife and SAS: Who Dares Wins. Farmer Wants A Wife is the Fremantle-owned dating format that follows a group of singletons living in the countryside who are paired up with city-dwellers looking for love. It […]

Sky drama ‘This England’ sells into 88 territories, incl Oz, Spain & Nordics

BBC First in Australia, Movistar+ in Spain and Viaplay are among buyers in almost 90 countries to have picked up This England, the Michael Winterbottom-penned drama starring Kenneth Branagh as UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The drama will debut across Sky’s European territories on 21 September and will now also be available via M-Net in […]

‘The Apprentice’ prodco Naked hires Whisper exec to head up production

Fremantle-owned factual & entertainment label Naked has appointed Whisper exec Karen Knowles as its head of production. In her new role, Knowles will manage the UK-based firm’s slate, which includes The Apprentice for BBC One, The Rap Game UK for BBC Three, Grand Designs for Channel 4, Planet Sex for Hulu and BBC Three and […]

BBC acquires non-English dramas ‘Señorita 89’ & ‘KaDeWe’ in Fremantle deal

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired two new non-English language dramas, Señorita 89 and KaDeWe – Our Time Is Now, from distributor Fremantle. Both shows will launch in the UK later this year, with the 8 x 60-minute Señorita 89 delving behind the curtain of Latin America’s beauty pageant culture in the 1980s, where hidden amongst the laughter, […]

Apple TV+ orders first Italian drama exploring Enzo Ferrari, with Steven Knight attached

Apple TV+ has picked up a drama from Peaky Blinders‘ scribe Steven Knight that tracks the life of driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari. The drama, to be titled Ferrari, is being directed by Suburra’s Stefano Sollima and is being produced by Lorenzo Mieli for Fremantle’s The Apartment Pictures, in co-production with Nicola Giuliano for Indigo Film. […]

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