Fremantle partners with AWA Studios

The collaboration will focus on identifying and co-developing a slate of TV projects based on AWA’s rapidly expanding IP library.

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 Fremantle has entered a strategic development deal with AWA Studios. “Fremantle’s unparalleled success in creating global hits and their commitment to artists makes them an ideal partner for AWA Studios," Zach Studin, AWA Studios President, said. "This cutting-edge partnership with Fremantle continues the AWA Studios mission on behalf of our artists, writers, and artisans – to bring their extraordinary stories to global audiences with world class stewardship." 

The deal will require both parties to identify and co-develop a slate of TV projects based on AWA’s rapidly expanding IP library. Fremantle will be tasked with running studio efforts and execute physical productions as well as handle international distribution for all projects launched under this partnership.

The graphic fiction publisher and entertainment studio, which sold its millionth comic this year, was founded in 2018 by alumni of Marvel, DC, NBA, Fox, and MTV. AWA is unique in how it champions creators, supporting originality and enabling artists and writers to do their best work and retain ownership of their ideas.

AWA is supported by James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, Sister, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.  In early 2021, the company established AWA Studios, its Film and TV division, led by Hollywood veteran Zach Studin as President, who will oversee the partnership with Fremantle. Since its 2021 launch, AWA Studios has quickly amassed a robust Film and TV operation, having announced the feature film adaptation of Bryan Edward Hill’s graphic novel CHARIOT, which Warner Bros. acquired in competitive bidding for Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK) to direct, Julian Meiojas (JACK RYAN) adapting and 21 Laps (FREE GUY & ADAM PROJECT) producing in partnership with AWA.

The company’s roster of popular graphic fiction talent includes J. Michael Straczynski, Frank Cho, Mike Deodato and Garth Ennis. "This partnership will be a major benefit to us both, providing Fremantle with a unique opportunity to explore new ideas and original stories from exceptionally talented artists and writers – and in return, offering a creative home of a significant scale where they will benefit from a global approach," Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama, Fremantle, said.

Fremantle’s unparalleled success in creating global hits and their commitment to artists makes them an ideal partner for AWA Studios. This cutting-edge partnership with Fremantle continues the AWA Studios mission on behalf of our artists, writers, and artisans – to bring their extraordinary stories to global audiences with world class stewardship.” Zach Studin President, AWA Studios