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FremantleMedia Intl bolsters scripted acquisitions team

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia International (FMI) confirmed changes within its scripted acquisitions team with Rebecca Dundon assuming the role of director of scripted acquisitions and the addition of Anthony Patton as its new content acquisition executive.

In her new role, Dundon will reinforce and further drive FMI’s scripted content acquisition strategy by establishing and maintaining relationships with third party writers and producers throughout the UK, EMEA and Asia-Pac with a look to invest and acquire bold and high-impact drama titles to complement FMI’s existing pipeline. She will also work closely with FremantleMedia’s family of global producers to identify, develop and finance internationally appealing scripted titles to be distributed by FMI, as well as negotiate deals to generate strong commercial returns for its in-house producers.

Dundon joined FMI in 2015 as its senior acquisitions manager for scripted content, and previously held roles on the Shine International acquisitions team where she worked across titles such as ‘Broadchurch’, ‘The Tunnel’, ‘Real Humans’ and ‘In the Flesh’.

Reporting to Dundon, Patton will assist in identifying projects to further enhance FMI’s scripted slate and managing relationships with both internal and third party producers. Prior to joining FMI, Patton served scripted acquisitions coordinator at ITV Studio Global Entertainment.

FremantleMedia International CEO Jens Richter said, “Over the past few years, Rebecca has established an impressive range of relationships with top scripted producers, displayed dynamic negotiating skills and demonstrated an aptitude well inclined in recognizing programming that delivers against our acquisitions strategy. With the addition of Anthony in our UK team, and our US acquisitions team continuing to source content from North America, we’re in a great position to grow our scripted slate to meet the demand of our clients.”

Dundon said, “It’s an exciting time to be part of FremantleMedia International. I’m delighted to be working with the FMI team, FremantleMedia’s exceptionally talented in-house teams and the best third-party producers to bring new, original and captivating scripted content to the global TV market. I look forward to continuing to establish FMI as the first choice distributor for drama makers.”

Patton said, “I’m extremely excited to be joining the FremantleMedia International team. FMI has a formidable catalogue of shows and I look forward to help find the next must-have series to complement their slate.”