Andrea Scrosati and Mandy Chang
Fremantle Documentaries unveiled a new label dedicated to producing world-class premium feature documentaries and series, to be known as Undeniable. Announced by Mandy Chang, Fremantle’s Global Head of Documentaries, today at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, the new label will sit within Fremantle’s Documentaries division.
Undeniable will develop and produce premium projects, and harness its global expertise to attract and work with high-profile talent and international commissioners. The label’s ambition is to make provocative, entertaining, diverse, and influential films and series that push the boundaries of storytelling and challenge assumptions about the world, from investigative, geopolitical, and single narrative stories to cultural landmark films, contemporary history, true-crime and genre busting biopics on a global scale.
The launch of Undeniable further underlines Fremantle’s commitment to grow its global documentary proposition, investing in and supporting industry-leading production companies who work with the world’s most exceptional creative talent. According to the company, Fremantle Documentaries will be a centre of excellence, fostering creative exchange and knowledge-sharing across the multiple global territories in which it operates. It will accelerate growth in documentary production to establish Fremantle as a powerhouse in the genre.
Fremantle has recently taken majority stake acquisitions in 72 Films, Wildstar Films and Silvio Productions. Moreover, last week, Fremantle announced a first look deal with Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary director Amy Berg, and Fremantle’s Original Productions recently entered into a first-look deal with Hudlin Entertainment.
“In their first year, the exceptionally talented Fremantle Documentaries team has quickly established a diverse slate of projects. We are proud that Fremantle delivered 52 documentaries from our production companies around the world in 2022. The launch of Undeniable will form part of Fremantle’s growth strategy to boost our capabilities in documentaries as we have successfully achieved in film and drama over recent years,” said Andrea Scrosati, Group COO and Continental CEO at Fremantle.
Mandy Chang, Head of Documentaries at Fremantle, added: “The launch of Undeniable further underlines our commitment and ambition to build Fremantle’s documentary output on the premium side. Working with the very best filmmakers and emerging talent, the label will provide editorial and production expertise and support in multiple genres. Importantly, it will provide a platform and freedom for creative talent to unlock and explore important issues and stories to be told.”
In its first year, Fremantle Documentaries revealed original feature documentary “Mrs. America” (Fremantle, Anonymous Content, Spinning Nancy), and supported features like “Kim’s Video” (Fremantle, Carnivalesque Films), which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January, and fashion series “Kingdom of Dreams” from Misfits Entertainment, which had its US premiere at DOC NYC in 2022.
The new label is already developing several international projects and partnerships with high-profile, award-winning filmmakers, including Amy Berg, Chris Smith, Penny Lane, and Gabriel Sedgwick.