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Fremantle Italy announces docuseries around hijacker who inspired ‘Rambo’

Fremantle Italy is working on a new documentary series based on the book Il Marine by Pierluigi Vercesi and Raffaele Minichiello, whose true story was the inspiration for the 1980s action film Rambo. The Hijacker is set to begin shooting in mid 2021 and is being produced by Fremantle Italy alongside Rai Cinema, with the collaboration […]

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 […]

Fremantle’s Apartment & Castlefield to adapt ‘Death At SeaWorld’

Fremantle-owned producers The Apartment and Castlefield have picked up rights to adapt David Kirby’s investigative book Death At SeaWorld into a 10-part drama. The book, which preceded the award-winning documentary Blackfish, follows five characters whose lives intertwine then collide with the 2010 death of a SeaWorld worker by the captive killer whale Tilikum. The Apartment and […]

Sky locks away Italian prison drama, from The Apartment & Wildside

UK-based Sky has commissioned Il Re (The King), a new Italian prison drama from Fremantle-owned production companies The Apartment and Wildside. The eight-part series is being produced by Lorenzo Mieli and directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi, with a screenplay by Stefano Bises, Peppe Fiore, Bernardo Pellegrini and Davide Serino. Shooting is set to begin in Rome, Turin […]

BBC Three snags exclusive UK rights for Sky & HBO’s Luca Guadagnino drama

BBC Three in the UK has picked up first window rights to We Are Who We Are, the widely anticipated Luca Guadagnino drama that is being co-produced by HBO and Sky. The eight-part limited series has been acquired from Fremantle, which sells the show globally and also owns The Apartment and Wildside, the two prodcos […]

Fremantle strikes unprecedented China deal for ‘My Brilliant Friend’

Chinese streaming giants iQiyi, Alibaba-owned Youku and Tencent Video have all bought the second season of Italian-language drama My Brilliant Friend, marking the first time the three operators have acquired a non-English language European drama at the same time. My Brilliant Friend: The Story Of A New Name will launch to an audience of more […]

Sky Studios partners with Fremantle’s Italian label The Apartment

Sky Studios has struck a development and partnership deal with Fremantle’s newly formed Italian label The Apartment. Under the deal, Sky Studios will provide development funding for a minimum of three shows alongside a commitment to produce. Lorenzo Mieli, a co-founder of Fremantle’s Wildside and producer behind shows such as The Young Pope and My […]

Ex-FremantleMedia boss joins Singaporean prodco

Patrick Schult has joined Imagine Group Entertainment as director of business development. Schult held various roles at FremantleMedia Asia, culminating in a three-year stint as CEO, which came to an end in 2011. He then set up Singapore-based, Japanese-backed, distributor Media Stable and worked as a consultant to media companies in the region. He started […]