Fremantle launches new drama label, Castlefield

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Fremantle today announced the launch of a new drama label, Castlefield, led by Managing Director Hilary Martin and Creative Director Simon Judd and based in Manchester, UK.

Castlefield will focus on developing a dynamic development slate which gravitates towards edgy and emotionally compelling contemporary drama series.

Hilary and Simon (pictured above) joined Fremantle in 2017 to set up a northern branch of Euston Films. Castlefield sees them evolve into their own independent drama label with a mission to make globally impactful and zeitgeist defining drama from the North of England.

In their previous roles at BBC Drama North, Hilary and Simon developed and produced shows including BAFTA-winning In the Flesh, James Herbert’s The Secret of Crickley Hall and BBC One crime series In the Dark.

Andrea Scrosati, Group COO, Fremantle, said: “Our focus at Fremantle is to support and work with the best talent to create bold original stories that aspire to be global. The launch of Castlefield is a perfect example of this strategy. Hilary and Simon have an impressive slate of courageous and impactful projects that I have no doubt will make Fremantle scripted portfolio even more unique”.

Hilary Martin said: ‘We would love Castlefield to be a home for creatively brave and emotionally truthful story tellers. We are passionate about the authentic and distinctive slate we are growing and believe that the stories we tell will deeply connect with audiences around the world.”

Simon Judd said: “Our aim is to create a slate that stands out from the crowd. We don’t just want to tell good stories well – we want to tell great stories brilliantly and in ways that have never been seen before.

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