Graeme-Evans, Fremantle team in Oz


SYDNEY -- Fremantle Media Australia has entered into a joint venture with former Nine Network head of drama Posie Graeme-Evans and her Millennium Pictures.

Under the joint venture, the new partners will develop and produce dramas for Australian broadcasters and the international market place, FMA said Friday.

Graeme-Evans, who produced the hugely successful Nine Network drama "McLeod's Daughters" -- the final season of which airs this year -- will work alongside FMA CEO Mark Fennessy, COO Carl Fennessy and FMA director of development Jason Stephens.

Fennessy said that Graeme-Evans' "creative energy and production knowledge will be a huge asset to FMA as part of our commitment to producing quality Australian stories. We are very excited to welcome her on board."

The new venture will see her developing projects exclusively for FMA, and she will play an important role in the commissioning of drama series with broadcasters and new media outlets, Fennessy added.

Citing the opportunities created by the writers strike in the U.S. and the renaissance of Australian drama on TV here, Graeme-Evans said the new partnership "is an opportunity like few others at a breakthrough time in our industry."

Last year, FMA produced Australian telefilm "The King" alongside its long-running soap "Neighbours" and will start production on primetime drama "The Young Doctors" for the Nine Network this month. Graeme-Evans' other credits include kids franchise Hi-5 and telemovies "Little Oberon" and "The Alice."