World-leading producer and distributor Fremantle presents an ambitious slate of exceptional new programming for MIPCOM 2019, packed full of captivating dramas, celebrity-fronted lifestyle shows, mind-blowing documentaries and flagship entertainment, from some of the leading creative talent in the industry.
This market, Fremantle’s growing catalogue features a range of leading global dramas; The Luminaries starring Eva Green and Eve Hewson, written by Man-Booker prize winning novelist Eleanor Catton, the adaptation of Tana French’s acclaimed novels Dublin Murders from Fremantle’s Euston Films, Miso Film’s thriller Face to Face directed by Christoffer Boe and La Jauria, the powerful Spanish-language series from Chile, co-produced by Oscar-winning Fabula in collaboration with Fremantle.
Fremantle’s non-scripted slate continues to flourish with Enslaved, the docuseries that traces the history of slavery across international waters with Samuel L. Jackson, Secrets of the Solar System (w/t), a geographical travelogue which covers the greatest set of journeys ever taken and Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, which follows the award-winning neuroscientist as he travels around the world to where people live longer and happier lives than anywhere else on the planet.
Jens Richter, CEO, Fremantle, International said: “Fremantle’s ambition to continually offer outstanding programming and breadth of content is evident in our MIPCOM line-up this year. We’ve been working hard with our talented in-house creative team and our production partners to bring together a slate of shows that truly represent the best of our industry.”
A 6 x 60’ Working Title Films and Southern Light Films production for BBC Two (UK) and TVNZ1 (New Zealand)
Based on the best-selling and Man-Booker prize winning novel by Eleanor Catton and starring Eve Hewson, Eva Green, Himesh Patel and Ewen Leslie, The Luminaries tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes. It is a 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.
An 8 x 60’ Euston Films, Veritas Entertainment Group and Element Pictures production for BBC One (UK) and STARZ (US)
An atmospheric, psychological thriller adapted from Tana French’s first two novels in the Dublin Murder Squad crime series, In The Woods and The Likeness, from series creator and writer Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, The Casual Vacancy). When a young girl is found murdered in a dense wood on the outskirts of Dublin, Rob Reilly (Killian Scott; C.B. Strike) is dispatched to investigate with his partner, Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene; Penny Dreadful). Against his better judgment and protected by his friendship with Cassie, he is pulled back into another case of missing children and forced to confront his own darkness. As the case intensifies, Rob and Cassie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point and when Cassie is sent undercover on another murder, she comes face to face with her own brutal reckoning.
An 8 x 60’ Fabula and Fremantle production for TVN (Chile)
The Spanish language psychological thriller, La Jauría is directed by screenwriter and film director Lucia Puenzo (Ingobernable, XXY, Wakolda). The series features Daniela Vega, star of the acclaimed Sebastian Lelio film, A Fantastic Woman, María Gracia Omegna (Young & Wild) and Antonia Zegers (A Fantastic Woman), who play a police force who specialise in gender related crimes. Together they investigate the strange disappearance of a young woman.
FACE TO FACE
An 8 x 30’ Miso Film production for Viaplay
When investigator Bjørn (Ulrich Thomsen; The New Pope, Banshee & The Celebration) visits a forensic officer to identify a young woman, he is horrified to find that it is his own daughter lying on the autopsy table. The forensic officer regards it as a suicide, but Bjørn refuses to believe that his daughter has taken her own life. Nevertheless, in order to understand her death, Bjørn must confront himself – until he finally faces the unavoidable truth of why she died. The series is created and directed by award-winning director Christoffer Boe.
An 8 x 60’ Miso Film production for Viaplay
Seizure tells the story of two troubled detectives, Sander Holm (Anders Baasmo) and Max Sørensen (Anders Danielsen Lie), who become entangled in the biggest case of their lives. On their first day as partners, four immigrant teenage boys are found dead in an abandoned swimming pool. As the men dig deeper into the investigation, both start seeing and hearing things that are hard to logically explain. The closer they get to solving the case, the worse the symptoms get, but there is no turning back.
A 6 x 60’ Parallel Films and Stalker Films production for Virgin Media Television (Ireland & UK)
17-year-old Damien has big dreams of becoming a professional MMA fighter and leaving his difficult home life behind him. However, when his hero and older brother Wesley disappears after a failed drug deal, Damien is confronted with the fight of his life. Wesley’s best friend Butsy takes Damien under his wing promising to help him find his brother, but secretly aiming to groom Damien into his next protégé. Under mounting pressure, Damien struggles to keep his life on track. With the threat of a vicious gang war looming and Wesley nowhere to be found, Damien must choose between right and wrong to keep his family afloat and protect his brother.
THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN
A 1 x 90’ Wall to Wall Media and Warner Bros International Television Production Germany for the BBC (UK) and ZDF (Germany)
One summer’s night in 1945, a coach-load of children are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere, England. They are the child survivors and presumed orphans of the Holocaust. The Windermere Children is the stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story of their rehabilitation; of how, with the care of a team of volunteers and councilors, the children are able to form bonds with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere become a lifeline to a fruitful future. The film is written by Bafta Award-nominated screenwriter Simon Block (The Eichmann Show), and features Thomas Kretchmann, Romola Garai, Tim McInnerny and Iain Glenn.
A 6 x 60’ Associated Producers and Cornelia Street production
Executive produced and hosted by Academy Award nominated actor and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Shaft), Enslaved retraces the harrowing sea voyage that brought millions of Africans to a life of slavery in the New World. The series tracks the efforts of a group of elite divers, as they search for and find six ships that went down with their human “cargo”. These modern-day adventures will serve as springboards for telling the stories of suffering, resistance and survival.
SECRETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM (w/t)
An 8 x 60’ Bigger Bang production for CuriosityStream (US)
Secrets of the Solar System (w/t) features unparalleled access to the world’s space agencies, their data, images and personnel, building into the ultimate guide to the sun, the planets, the moons, the asteroids and more. Discover worlds of fire and ice, immense rings and stunning vistas, fearsome storms and giant volcanoes. Witness first hand distant and exotic realms where bizarre things happen; places that might reveal the secrets of our own origins and some that could harbor alien life today. This is a mind-blowing story of how our desire to explore produced one of humankind’s finest achievements – the discovery of our true place in the universe.
CHASING LIFE WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA
A 6 x 60’ CNN Original production
Multiple award-winning journalist and practicing neurosurgeon, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, goes on an immersive journey around the globe in search of the secrets to living better in Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The docuseries takes Gupta to Japan, India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey to explore the unusual traditions and modern practices that constitute a healthy and meaningful life.
BELSEN – THE UNTOLD STORY
A 1 x 60’ from Atlantic Productions for BBC One (UK)
Directed by Tom Stubberfield, Belsen – The Untold Story reveals the untold story of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where over 50,000 people, mostly Jews, died in the last phase of World War II. All that remains of Belsen today is a peaceful, grassy meadow, but its legacy lives on through the recollections of those who survived it. Featuring powerful new interviews with some of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust, dramatic reconstructions, and archive of the British liberation, this documentary film creates a lasting memorial to those who died.
IN SEARCH OF (S2)
An 8 x 60’ Propagate Content, Universal Television Alternative Studio and Before the Door Pictures production for History
Hosted and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actor Zachary Quinto, this investigative series travels the globe examining timeless mysteries using the latest in science and groundbreaking technology to reveal brand-new evidence. From centuries-old legends to those based in historical and scientific evidence, each episode will take on a different iconic puzzle. Season two takes a close look at the legend of the Loch Ness monster, UFOs, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost colony of Roanoke, the Ark of the Covenant and the end of the world, to name a few.
JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG
A 6 x 60’ from Jamie Oliver Productions for Channel 4 (UK)
Jamie’s brand-new series is a celebration of all things veg – encouraging meat-eaters and vegetarians alike to put vegetables front and centre! Many of us want to eat less meat – whether for health or financial reasons, for the planet or animal welfare – and in this series Jamie is cooking up a stunning collection of beautifully vibrant, hearty and mouth-watering dishes that turn veg into the star of the show. Easy and delicious – you won’t even miss the meat!
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS
A 6 x 120’ Thames and Syco Entertainment production for ITV (UK)
Over the last 13 years we’ve witnessed truly incredible talent take to the Britain’s Got Talent stage and now they’ll go head to head with the best Got Talent acts from around the world, in what promises to be the Olympics of Talent. The acts will compete in this supersized version of Britain’s Got Talent, all trying to be crowned the ultimate champion and walk away with the cash prize and coveted Champions Trophy. Our very own champions – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – return to the judging panel as they take their seat ready to be impressed by a whole host of global talent.