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Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Faithless’ Set for TV Adaptation From ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Director Tomas Alfredson

Ingmar Bergman’s Faithless is getting a TV adaptation from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Snowman), Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT and Denmark-based production company Miso Film (Netflix’s The Rain), part of Bertelsmann-owned RTL Group’s Fremantle, unveiled Monday. They are set to co-produce the drama series, with Alfredson responsible for directing all six 45-minute […]

Jamie Oliver Launching Cooking Channel on Amazon’s Freevee, Global Deals Struck for ‘The Great Cookbook Challenge’

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will launch a dedicated cooking channel, dubbed The Jamie Oliver Channel, on Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service Freevee. The channel, a so-called FAST (Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV) channel, will bring together the catalog of Oliver’s cooking and food shows, including  American Road Trip, 30 Minute Meals and Jamie’s Kitchen, among others. […]

Salma Hayek Pinault, Demian Bichir Join Angelina Jolie’s ‘Without Blood’

Production on Without Blood, Angelina Jolie’s fifth feature as director and her first as part of a new pact with TV giant Fremantle is now underway, with Salma Hayek Pinault and Demián Bichir having joined the cast. Filming in the Puglia and Basilicata regions of southern Italy, the project is also produced and written by […]

Fremantle Takes Majority Stake in Element Pictures, Producer of ‘The Favourite’, ‘Normal People’

Independent production giant Fremantle has acquired a majority stake in award-winning Irish group Element Pictures, producer of the hit BBC/Hulu series Normal People and Oscar-winning films The Favourite and Room. The deal, unveiled Tuesday by Fremantle’s Group COO and Continental Europe CEO, Andrea Scrosati, Lorenzo De Maio of Fremantle-backed De Maio Entertainment, and Element Pictures […]

RTL Group Grows First-Quarter Results on TV Ad Bounce Back, Streaming Boom

Traditional TV advertising revenue rebounded and streaming growth took off in the first quarter for European TV and production giant RTL Group, which reported its latest results Friday. Group revenue for the quarter was up 11.3 percent to $1.64 billion (1.56 billion euro), with TV advertising climbing 11.2 percent over the year-ago period and streaming […]

Fremantle Buys Majority Stake in U.K. TV Producer Dancing Ledge

Fremantle has increased its stake in U.K. producer Dancing Ledge Productions to become its majority shareholder. The production banner is behind such BBC ratings hits as The Responder, starring Martin Freeman, and The Salisbury Poisonings. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Fremantle is part of German media giant Bertelsmann’s European TV arm RTL Group. […]

Fremantle Takes Stake in ‘Bosch’ Producer Henrik Bastin’s Fabel Entertainment

Fremantle on Thursday announced it was taking a 25 percent stake in Fabel Entertainment, the production company launched last year by Henrik Bastin, producer of hit crime series Bosch. Bastin set up Fabel after exiting Fabrik Entertainment, a joint venture with Red Arrow Studios. Fabrik produced seven seasons of the Titus Welliver-starrer Bosch, which became […]

Angelina Jolie Strikes Film, TV Deal With Fremantle, Will Direct ‘Without Blood’ Adaptation

Angelina Jolie is set to make feature films, documentaries and series for TV giant Fremantle. In a three-year deal announced Friday, the Oscar winner and activist — who made her directorial debut with the 2007 documentary A Place in Time, followed by the feature In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011 — will […]

Fremantle Acquires Italian ‘Medici,’ ‘Leonardo’ Production Company Lux Vide

Fremantle has acquired a 70 percent of long established Italian production house Lux Vide, adding a significant label to its expanding international stable. First founded in 1992 by Ettore and Matilde Bernabei, Lux Vide has been behind recent series including Netflix’s Medici, starring Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden and Sean Bean; Amazon Prime’s Leonardo; and Sky’s […]

How Major TV Distributors Came Together to Form the London Screenings

After the inaugural 2021 edition of the London Screenings was held in the virtual world due to the pandemic, the second — and mostly physical — round of the growing TV event kicks off this week, with hundreds of buyers from the U.S., Europe and Australia having descended upon the British capital (alongside many from […]

Indie Production Companies Behind ‘The Lobster,’ ‘When Heroes Fly’ Form Creative Alliance

Nine leading independent film and TV production companies from eight different countries have set up a creative and development alliance to jointly develop a slate of high-end drama series and feature films. Spearheaded by France’s Haut Et Court, whose credits include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster (2015) and the French-Israeli series No Man’s Land, The Creatives […]

Disney+ Takes Italian Series ‘Anna’ for U.K., France, Germany, Spain

Disney+ has snatched up new Italian drama series Anna for much of Europe, inking a deal with Fremantle to launch the show from award-winning writer-director Niccolò Ammaniti (The Miracle, I’m Not Scared) on its streaming service in various countries, including the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and across the Nordic territories. Fremantle, whose […]