Sony’s Playmaker Media hires Fremantle Oz scripted chief Jo Porter as MD

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Fremantle Australia’s director of scripted Jo Porter to lead its Sydney-based producer Playmaker Media. Porter will become MD at the Aussie company next year, following eight years in charge of scripted at Fremantle in Oz. During her stint with the global producer, she gained credits on shows including Foxtel’s […]

HBO Max brings Spanish thriller ‘La Jauria’ to US audiences

WarnerMedia SVOD service HBO Max has acquired US streaming rights to Spanish-language drama La Jauria. The 8 x 60-minute psychological thriller from producers Fremantle and Fabula lands on the platform on 16 December and tells the story of a missing schoolgirl and the subsequent police investigation, which exposes a deadly online game that recruits men […]

Russia 1 snags CJ ENM’s singing format ‘I Can See Your Voice’

Russia 1 has become the latest broadcaster to order a local version of music mystery format I Can See Your Voice, while remake rights have also been optioned across nine other countries. The Russian broadcaster will debut its local version in 2021 following the deal with Fremantle, which sells the format for South Korean media […]

Banijay, All3, eOne, Fremantle & ITVS unveil London Screenings event

Distribution giants All3media International, Banijay Rights, Entertainment One, Fremantle and ITV Studios have joined up to formally launch a London-based screenings week, which will take place following BBC Studios’s Showcase event. The London Screenings will launch on 1 March following on from BBC Studios Showcase, which is scheduled to take place online-only from 22-24 February. […]

HBO Europe, Starzplay and more take coming-of-age drama ‘We Are Who We Are’ global

Broadcasters and platforms across the world have acquired Luca Guadagnino’s eight-part drama We Are Who We Are, following a slew of deals with distributor Fremantle. The series has travelled to 133 territories in total, with agreements struck with M-Net for South Africa, HBO Europe for the Nordics, Spain, Portugal and CEE, HBO for Latin America and the […]

Bridging the gap: Solving viewer fatigue with scripted series

Serialised drama has soared in popularity over recent years, but as the number of shows on offer continues to multiply, Nick Edwards asks whether audiences are getting tired of long-term commitment Long-running, immersive TV series have come to define our drama consumption over recent history. First, there were the early pioneering shows such as Hill […]

Drama round-up: Fremantle & Winterbottom unveil ‘Sceptred Isle’; Netflix extends ‘Trapped’ but cancels ‘The Order’

Fremantle & Michael Winterbottom reveal first-look deal & ‘Sceptred Isle’ drama Fremantle has struck an exclusive first-look deal with director Michael Winterbottom and his production company Revolution Films, which is developing a drama about the life of UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The UK-based prodco will develop and produce scripted series and films, with Fremantle […]

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