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FremantleMedia acquires 25% stake in Gurinder Chadha’s production firm

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia is acquiring a 25% stake in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It TV.

Chadha, who was awarded an OBE for services to the British film industry in 2006, has made films such as ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ (2003), ‘Bride and Prejudice’ (2004) and ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ (2008). Her latest project, the feature length ‘Viceroy’s House’, was released in early March.

FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “Gurinder is a phenomenal storyteller and a real auteur; I’m thrilled to be working with her. When we set out to build our scripted business, at the top of my list was working with and supporting the best creative talent in the world and this new partnership truly exemplifies that goal.”

Chadha said, “I am so impressed with Cecile, Sarah [Doole, Director of Global Drama at FremantleMedia] and her team at FremantleMedia and their understanding and support for creative storytellers like me. I look forward to working on our vibrant, international drama slate and bringing our brand of stories to our global audience, now excitingly, on TV.”

FremantleMedia has made a number of investments in creative indies over the last 18 months across scripted, entertainment and factual including Abot Hameiri, Naked Entertainment, Man Alive Entertainment, Full Fat TV, Corona Pictures, Dr Pluto, Dancing Ledge, Wild Blue Media, Eureka, No Pictures Please, Fontaram, Kwai and Wildside.