Fremantle ups Christian Vesper to new drama role, extending prodco oversight

Fremantle has upped scripted chief Christian Vesper to a newly created role overseeing its global drama output and some of the production companies that produce it. Vesper, who had been president of global drama for Fremantle, is now CEO and reports into Andrea Scrosati, group COO and CEO of continental Europe. He will continue to […]

Sky unveils UFA apocalypse drama among German slate & orders Drama Republic’s ‘The Lovers’

Sky has unveiled three new German dramas, ranging from a show from Deutschland 83 producer UFA Fiction set after a global apocalypse to a “radical reimagining” of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, while the UK division has unveiled details of The Lovers. German drama Helgoland 513: 2034 is set on the North Sea island of Helgoland, which has become humanity’s […]

Fremantle rejigs global drama by adding Wildside & Storyglass execs to key roles

Fremantle has named execs from its Italian outfit Wildside and podcast firm Storyglass to key production and creative roles for its global drama division. Olivia Sleiter becomes as head of production for the Christian Vesper-led arm, while Robert Delamere has been named creative producer. Sleiter, who takes up her new role at the beginning of […]

Wildside to delve into Italian fairy tales, with Alice Rohrwacher

Fremantle’s Rome-based production company Wildside is developing a new series that will explore the world of Italian folklore, with Alice Rohrwacher attached to direct. The series will be known locally as Ci Sarà Una Volta (aka There Will Be a Time) and is based on a project written by The Wonders’ director Rohrwacher and writer […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Suburra’ prodco Wildside prep Francesco Totti football drama for Sky

Sky has partnered up with Fremantle’s Italian producer Wildside on a drama about Italian football star Francesco Totti. Speravo De Mori Prima – The Series About Francesco Totti is being produced by Wildside’s Mario Gianani, with Virginia Valsecchi’s Capri Entertainment, The New Life Company and fellow Fremantle firm Kwaï also onboard. The six-part show – […]

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