Sarah Doole

Fremantle teams with 87 Films for development

FremantleMedia has partnered with 87 Films for creative scripted development. 87 Films is a UK-based production company formed by Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton (pictured left) and Jim Keeble (pictured right) as well as executive producer Patrick Irwin (The Fall). Under the agreement, 87 Films will collaborate on scripted projects for the international market alongside […]

Fremantle buys Essential drama division

FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in the drama wing of Australian producer Essential Media, and is relaunching it as Easy Tiger Productions. Essential co-founder Ian Collie is to become managing director of Easy Tiger, alongside fellow Essential alumni Rachael Turk and Tanya Phegan. Essential’s current drama projects are transferring over to Easy Tiger, along […]

Fremantle works up TV adaptation of Find the Good

FremantleMedia has teamed up with author Heather Lende to develop a drama series based on her book, Find The Good. Fremantle’s global drama director, Sarah Doole and executive VP and creative director of global drama Christian Vesper (pictured) have acquired the rights and will oversee the rollout of the adaptation. The book will serve as […]

Vesper scoots to FremantleMedia drama team

FremantleMedia has hired former SundanceTV drama chief Christian Vesper as executive VP, creative director of global drama. Vesper left AMC Networks-owned SundanceTV earlier this year, but will now work within FremantleMedia’s drama unit, reporting to director of global drama Sarah Doole. He will be based in London and New York, working closely with FremantleMedia’s production […]

Brown moves up at FremantleMedia

Georgia Brown has risen to an executive VP post at global producer-distributor FremantleMedia. She has been promoted to EVP, global scripted and factual content, having previously been SVP, scripted. In the new post, she will oversee acquisitions for FremantleMedia’s global arm, FremantleMedia International, and provide a link between FMI and in-house production teams. Separately, FremantleMedia […]

FremantleMedia taking classic comedy to Cannes

The distribution arm of FremantleMedia has packaged a raft of classic comedy and drama series for buyers and will relaunch the shows under a ’45 Years of Classic Characters’ banner ahead of Cannes. The line-up of classic shows includes comedy series 58x30mins Goodnight Sweetheart, 93x30mins Birds of a Feather and 59x60mins Benny Hill. There will […]

FremantleMedia hires Shine exec Brown

Endemol Shine Group’s Georgia Brown is headed to FremantleMedia, where she has been hired as senior VP, scripted. This comes as FremantleMedia seeks to position itself as a key drama and comedy provider. Brown was previously SVP, acquisitions at Shine International, which is now part of the combined Endemol and Shine sales operation following the […]

The copro landscape: Meet the fixers

A batch of one-stop shop consultancies from the UK aimed at facilitating global coproduction has emerged in the past year. Jesse Whittock gets the low-down on their strategies as the boom in international drama continues. It is obvious that, with television drama in a prolonged golden era, broadcasters will increasingly be on the hunt for […]

FremantleMedia eyes French drama push

FremantleMedia is looking at ramping up its scripted business in France, as the company’s push into high-end drama continues. The production giant’s director of global drama Sarah Doole told TBI that France was a priority territory. Nathalie Drouaire, a former M6 exec who partnered with FremantleMedia in 2010, is aggressively hunting for French scripts that […]

FremantleMedia and Roland Joffe rebooting Hunchback of Notre Dame

FremantleMedia International and filmmaker Roland Joffé (The Mission) have joined forces to develop Ugly, a new version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. FMI said the new version will be a “vividly emotional and imaginative retelling of the world famous French gothic Victor Hugo novel”. There are no confirmed broadcasters and FMI said it will […]