Fremantle is heading into MIPCOM with an incredible line-up of new programming. With a rich mix of must-see dramas, jaw-dropping documentaries, inspirational lifestyle shows and irresistible entertainment, Fremantle is bringing a huge amount of quality productions from the best creatives and talent in the business.
This market, Fremantle’s ever-growing catalogue includes a variety of compelling shows across all genres, including the ambitious new drama from the brilliant Gurinder Chadha, Beecham House and the gripping and authentic thriller from the creative team at Spiral Pictures, Taken Down. On the non-scripted side, there’s the epic adventure series of world-firsts, Expedition with Steve Backshall, the raw and chilling documentary series Manson: The Lost Tapes and the ultimate talent entertainment show, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, to name a few.
Jens Richter, CEO, International, Fremantle said: “We have been hard at work to bring our biggest line-up yet to MIPCOM 2018 that we know both global buyers and their audiences will love. Fremantle is passionate about building partnerships with the most in-demand talent in the industry, both on and off screen, and this is reflected in the amount of quality programming we have headlining our slate this year.”
A 6 x 60’ Bend It TV production for ITV (UK)
Created by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House) and set in India on the cusp of the 19th century, Beecham House depicts the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns. Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde) takes the role of enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased the magnificent mansion, Beecham House, to begin a new life with his family.
A 6 x 60’ Spiral Pictures production for RTE in association with ARTE France
From the creative team behind Love/Hate and directed by David Caffrey (Peaky Blinders), Taken Down centres on Detective Jen Rooney (Lynn Rafferty) who investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre, where refugees wait for political asylum. Her investigation brings us into a twilight world of the new Ireland where slum landlords and criminals prey on the vulnerable.
AMERICAN GODS S2
A Fremantle production for STARZ (US) and Amazon Prime Video (ex-US)
Based on Neil Gaiman’s epic tale of ancient and modern deities, American Gods series two picks up from the thrilling end of series one. Shadow and Mr. Wednesday continue their road trip across America on a mission to expunge the false trails, shallow diversions and media excesses of the modern world. Nothing is ever quite what it seems as Shadow’s every trial and misstep threatens to uncover darker secrets.
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND
A 8 x 60’ Wildside/Fandango production for HBO/Rai/TIMVISION.
Based on Elena Ferrante’s sensational bestselling book of the same name and directed by Saverio Costanzo (Private, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Hungry Hearts), the story centres on two lifelong friends. When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Rafaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – her best friend, her worst enemy.
EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL
A 10 x 60’ True-To-Nature Production for the BBC, UKTV and Fremantle
Expedition with Steve Backshall is an ambitious, prime-time adventure series filled with world firsts. These include: the first descent of a white-water river in the Himalayas; trekking through unexplored jungle in South America; and climbing mountains in the deserts of the Middle East. The series follows Steve Backshall and his team of world-class experts and his film crew, as they venture into uncharted territory. To be successful, Steve and his adventurist experts – including divers, kayakers and mountaineers – will have to rely on each other and the power of extraordinary teamwork.
MANSON: THE LOST TAPES
A 2 x 60’ Naked Entertainment production for FOX (US) and ITV (UK)
Manson: The Lost Tapes has exclusive access to more than 100 hours of previously unseen footage of the notorious Manson Family cult unearthed by British indie Naked Entertainment in 2016 after the death of the filmmaker who shot it half a century ago. The Lost Tapes provides an exclusive new and unique insight into how Charles Manson assembled a group of young followers in a commune that would go on to commit the most infamous series of murders in U.S. history, which came to be seen across the world as the dark side to the hippie movement.
IN SEARCH OF
A 10 x 60’ Propagate Content/Universal Television Alternative Studio/Before the Door Pictures production for HISTORY (US)
Hosted and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actor Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Snowden) and inspired by the iconic 1970s’ franchise, the series will examine unexplained phenomena from all over the world. From the mythical to the scientific, each episode will follow Quinto as he investigates a different subject– such as alien encounters, mysterious creatures, UFO sightings, time travel and artificial intelligence – and searches for the truth to some of the world’s greatest mysteries.
I AM PAUL WALKER
1 x 120’ Network Entertainment Production for Paramount Network
I Am Paul Walker is a feature-length documentary film exploring the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster Fast and Furious movie franchise. Featuring interviews with those who knew Paul and using an extensive archive of rarely seen candid video and still photographs, I Am Paul Walker explores Paul’s private side and wildly successful film career.
NADIYA’S FAMILY FAVOURITES
A 8 x 30’ Hungry Gap Production for BBC Two (UK)
Nadiya’s Family Favourites shows us how to create the perfect dishes to compliment any kind of day and opens the lid on the kinds of food Nadiya Hussian (Great British Bake-Off) prepares for her family. Bringing her trademark warm and inclusive style to the show, each episode sees Nadiya prepare four recipes. She also travels the country meeting some of Britain’s most inspiring home cooks, people who go the extra mile to make food most of us buy in the shops.
JAMIE COOKS ITALY
A 8 x 60’ Jamie Oliver Production for Channel 4 (UK)
Jamie Cooks Italy sees Jamie Oliver and his mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, going to the heart of Italian cuisine. Travelling to eight different regions – from Puglia in Spring and the Aeolian Islands in Summer to Tuscany in Autumn and Rome in Winter, the pair learn Italy’s best-kept secrets from the true masters of the Italian kitchen. Jamie and Gennaro pick up tips and show how to recreate these authentic masterpieces in our own homes.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS
A 14 x 120’ Fremantle and Syco Entertainment Production for NBC (US)
Simon Cowell is leading the charge as executive producer and judge on this all-new global brand extension. The competition heats up as the most exciting contestants from previous seasons go head-to-head. Featuring amazing standout talent from America’s Got Talent as well as favorites from Got Talent around the globe, this series is a true celebration of creativity as hopeful acts all aim to win the first-ever title of AGT Champion!
A 19 x 120’ Fremantle/CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment production for ABC
Award-winning host Ryan Seacrest returns to the helm of this beloved music competition series. Joining him as judge of the next generation of superstars will be Grammy and Emmy-nominated music luminary Katy Perry, country music superstar Luke Bryan & music icon Lionel Richie.
THE X FACTOR UK S15
A Thames and Syco Entertainment production for ITV
Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show, is a brand-new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges. This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.