The Companies Behind ‘The Lobster’, ‘When Heroes Fly’ Form Alliance, Fremantle Deal – The Hollywood Reporter
Nine leading independent TV and film production companies from eight different countries have formed a creative and development alliance to jointly develop a range of premium series and feature films.
Headed by the French Court Haut Et, whose credits include Yorgos Lanthimos Lobster (2015) and the Franco-Israeli series Land without people, The Ads will include Land without people co-produced Israel’s Spiro Films, Belgium’s Versus Production, and US-based Masha Productions, as well as the German group Razor Film (Quo Vadis, Aida?, Waltz With Bashir) Dutch company Lemming Film, co-producer on Lobster, Norwegian group Maipo Film (Happy Status, Homesick), French company Unité, production of Netflix TV series Mythomaniac and the new British film Good Chaos, founded by CEO Mike Goodridge, the former Chief Executive Officer, whose upcoming productions include Ruben Ostlund’s new film Triangle of sadness.
The Creations signed a three-year partnership with Fremantle to develop and finance feature-length television series for the international production giant. The Creative Team will work alongside Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama at Fremantle and Fremantle’s Global Drama Team.
The move to unite these independent organizations is a response to the seismic changes in the global TV and film industries caused by the explosion of streaming services, which has spurred demand and boost production but also concentrate financial and creative power in the hands of a small number of streaming players and studios.
Haut Et Court, Co-Founder Carole Scotta said The Creativity was founded to “defend the independent development process that has been the backbone of storytelling in Europe for decades. We’re united to stay as free and creative fun as possible, and deliver movies and series that audiences will enjoy. ”
Scotta said The Creative is committed to “providing fair conditions for the talent we work with and forging long-term relationships with our writers, hosts and directors, as well as with new talent,” a nod to concerns in the creative community that the new boom in production could come at the expense of worse conditions for advertisers themselves. “Fremantle has given us full support and, importantly, complete creative freedom,” adds Scotta.
Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama at Fremantle, said the agreement underscores his company’s commitment to “proudly supporting the independent production community and the exceptional talent it represents”.
For Fremantle, the deal with The Cre ads is another potential process for content. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Earlier this year, Fremantle Group CEO Andrea Scrosati said the biggest struggle between independent and global broadcasters is the struggle for talent to deliver films and series that meet demand. increasing globally. In addition to a list of global in-house production companies, including German studio UFA (Deutschland 83), the Italian Wildside (Young Pope) and the Hameiri Aboriginal people of Israel (Shtisel), Fremantle has production, development, or first-look deals with many independent production companies, including Pablo Larrain and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Fabula Pictures (Spencer, A wonderful woman) and Michael Winterbottom’s production company Revolution Films (Trip, Party people for 24 hours).