The company has announced in Cannes an exclusive agreement reached with the Australian broadcaster and another with the OTT negotiated by its distribution arm in Dubai.

16 OCT 2019

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Global producer and distributor Fremantle reported during Mipcom that it reached an exclusive agreement with the leading Australian broadcaster SBS for a varied mix of high-end content. Among the content added by SBC, a collection of new primetime dramas stands out, including the psychological thriller “Dublin Murders” (8x60 '), an adaptation of Tana French's first two novels' Dublin Murder Squad', produced by Fremantle’s Euston Films and recently launched on the BBC in UK. He will also do the same with the criminal series "Central Baghdad" (6x60 ’), also by Euston Films, written and created by the BAFTA-winning writer Stephen Butchard and based on the novel by Elliott Colla.

This same agreement includes the criminal dramas "Face to Face" (8x30 ') and "Seizure" (8x60'), both series are produced by Miso Film; the supernatural series "The Last Wave” (6x60’) produced by Fremantle’s acclaimed scripted producers Kwai; and the poignant drama “The Attaché (5x60’) from Fremantle’s Israeli production arm Abot Hameiri. The channel also acquired a selection of critically acclaimed titles such as "American Gods" (S1: 8x60'), "Exit" (6x60'), "Darkness: Those Who Kill" (8 x 60 ') and Expedition with Steve Backshall (10 x 60 ').

“Our incredible range of shows come from some of the best creative minds in the business. The quality of our content and the standard of our talent both in-front and behind the camera is very impressive, resulting in compelling stories from around the world that we’re confident SBS’ audiences will love,” said Paul Ridley, SEVP of Sales & Distribution, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, International, Fremantle.

SBS network programming director Peter Andrews was confident in the opportunity to incorporate Fremantle's programs to its platforms. "These series represent a diverse mix of programming, and we hope to share this content with the Australian public."

On the other hand, the company also announced in Cannes that Netflix will launch the first season of "Avlu" worldwide on October 18. This is the Turkish adaptation of Fremantle's successful Australian drama "Wentworth," produced by Hayri Aslan and Limon Film. Since its launch in Turkey through Star TV in March 2018, “Avlu” has become a hit audience, as the station tripled its order of episodes for season 2 (33x 120'). The agreement with Netflix was negotiated by the Fremantle distribution arm based in Dubai.

Jamie Lynn, EVP Head of EMEA Distribution, Fremantle, said: “Avlu is a brave, modern, and ground-breaking series that truly stood out in the mercilessly competitive Turkish drama market. A format adaptation driven by the collective efforts of our Dubai office, Avlu’s bold female characters and gritty storylines were an instant hit with local audiences and unlike anything the Turkish drama landscape had seen to date. Netflix are the perfect partner for this new style of Turkish drama and we are delighted to now share this series with the world.”

Hayri Aslan, owner of Limon Film said: “At the company, we take initiative with the projects that no one dares to pick in the sector. This is not an ordinary project and with the vision of Limon Film, Avlu has led the way and achieved a remarkable success deserving to be written in the Turkish television history. Avlu’s upcoming broadcast on Netflix globally is a huge achievement for us and I believe that it will be loved and followed by international audiences as well.”