Wildside


Wildside is developing an Audrey Hepburn drama

Fremantle’s Wildside is developing a drama series on Audrey Hepburn’s life, based on a story by Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti and Luigi Spinola. Dotti and Spinola are the scribes behind New York Times bestseller Audrey At Home, which explores Hepburn’s passion for life as a muse, a mother and a humanitarian. In developing the new […]

Sky and Movistar buy Beta’s 1993

Sky Deutschland and Spain’s Movistar+ are among several buyers of political thriller 1993. The Sky Italia series is distributed by Germany’s Beta Film, which has also shopped it to France’s OCS, Telenet in Belgium, Nova in Greece and Cyprus and Hot in Israel. The Young Pope prodco Wildside produces the series, which is based around […]

Fremantle buys into Bend It TV

FremantleMedia has bought a 25% stake in scripted prodco Bend It Television. This is the latest in a long line of similar investment deals RTL Group-owned Fremantle has closed under CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz. Kenyan-born British film veteran Gurinder Chadha is behind Bend It. Her credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and Angus, […]

Meg Ryan returns to TV drama with Epix

US premium cable channel Epix is to bring big screen star Meg Ryan back to television for the first time in more than 30 years. The network has commissioned Kapital Entertainment and Entertainment One to coproduce a small screen version of comedy Picture Paris, which is a 2011 short film about a woman obsessed with […]

Sky Italia, local prodcos team for distribution

Sky Italia and producers including FremantleMedia-owned Wildside and Gomorrah producer Cattleya, have joined forces to create a new film distribution business. The new unit, which does not yet have a name, sees pay TV operator Sky join forces several film and TV production companies. As well as Cattleya and Wildside, which is making The Young […]

C More anoints Young Pope

Scandinavian pay TV operator and SVOD provider C More has acquired local rights to big budget European drama The Young Pope. The deal hands C More series premiere rights across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on its pan-Nordic SVOD platform and pay TV operation. C More’s Swedish free-to-air sister network TV4 will gain rights to […]

Drama, Italian style

Italy has emerged from the doldrums to become a leading European drama producer in recent years, largely down to investment from the pay TV sector. New developments look set to take things a step further, reports Jesse Whittock. The idea that Italy would give birth what is set to be one of the biggest international […]

FremantleMedia buys Dutch indie

FremantleMedia has acquire a majority stake in Dutch producer No Pictures Please, a controversial factual producer. The firm will sit alongside FremantleMedia’s other Netherlands-based producers, Blue Circle and FourOne.Media. FremantleMedia now owns 75% of the firm after the deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed. No Pictures Please, led by popular presenter and producer […]

Netflix buys Italian corruption drama

Netflix has acquired US subscription streaming rights to Italian crime and corruption period drama 1992, TBI has learned. The SVOD platform has already debuted the 10x60mins series, which is part of a wave of Italian-language dramas making an impact in the international content market. Netflix is branding it as a local original, meaning it sits […]

FremantleMedia buys Young Pope prodco

FremantleMedia has paid an undisclosed amount for a 62.5% stake in Italian drama house Wildside. The prodco is currently producing the upcoming Sky and HBO drama The Young Pope, the first picture of which was released yesterday (see above). UK-headquartered FremantleMedia has the option to buy the rest of Wildside, which produces television and feature […]