Fremantle in deal with producer Richard Brown’s production company Passenger

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MUMBAI: Global format producer and distributor, Fremantle and producer Richard Brown have partnered on a multi-year deal with Brown’s newly formed production company Passenger. Based in New York and London, Passenger will develop and produce scripted drama series with Fremantle co-producing and distributing the projects worldwide.

Brown was the driving force behind HBO’s anthology series ‘True Detective’ and has served as executive producer on all three seasons of the show. Most recently, Brown developed and executive produced the Hulu / Sky Italia / Channel 4 limited series ‘Catch-22’, starring George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie. Brown is also known for producing the Netflix action drama ‘Outlaw King’, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Chris Pine.

Brown’s new company will primarily focus on original limited event series’ and anthologies, which in recent years have proven to have wide global appeal. The company will also produce multi-season dramas, documentary series and feature films.

He commented, “Fremantle’s expertise, exciting vision, creative culture, outstanding leadership and global reach provide me with the ideal home for this new venture, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for this opportunity and partnership.”

Fremantle COO Andrea Scrosati said, “This deal further strengthens Fremantle’s commitment of working with the best minds in the business. Richard has been a pioneer in the industry, with a unique understanding of global creative opportunities. In today’s competitive market the difference is made by great ideas, outstanding talent and world class execution capacity and the partnership between Fremantle and Richard delivers exactly that.”

During his career, Brown has developed a capacity of creating and managing productions that leverage the best from US and European creative opportunities.

This is the latest high-profile partnership for Fremantle. Among many others, Fremantle has teamed up with talents such as Pablo Larrain and Juan de Dios Larrain, Natalie Dormer, Paolo Sorrentino, Neil Gaiman, Neil Cross, and entities such as Working Title for ‘The Luminaries’ and Haut et Court and Spiro Films for ‘Fertile Crescent’.


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