FremantleMedia signs deal with Letts

4:00 AM PST 11/02/2006 by Stuart Kemp, AP

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SANTA MONICA -- U.K.-based sales, financing and production house FremantleMedia Enterprises said Wednesday that it has penned an exclusive first-look development deal with Grammy-winning director Don Letts.

FME said the deal heralds an "aggressive drive to work with the best creative talent" to fuel growth in its popular culture and music programming catalogs.

The deal with Letts was brokered by FME senior vp home entertainment and archive sales Pete Kalhan and gives FME rights to develop and exploit program ideas created by Letts across the division's television, home entertainment and ancillary rights units.

Letts' career spans decades as a director, actor, writer and cinematographer and includes a Grammy nod for his work on "Westway to the World" featuring the Clash.

Under the new agreement, Letts' work for FME will concentrate predominantly on the documentary genre, with a focus on music and popular culture, the company said.

Said Kalhan: "Opportunities to collaborate with such an acclaimed producer and director -- a veritable doyen of the music industry -- don't come around too often, so we're very happy to have cemented such a great working relationship."

Added Letts: "Having worked with Pete and his team on 'Punk: Attitude,' I am only too happy to build on that experience and take our work to a new level. FremantleMedia get the artistic process and allow for a truly organic, open and creative partnership. I'm looking forward to it."
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