Fremantle recently appointed Christian Vesper as CEO Global Drama.“The opportunity to oversee the Drama Group, and to help support and guide our producers to continue to make the best TV and films in the global marketplace, is a privilege," Christian Vesper, CEO, Global Drama said. "Over the last seven years, I have been lucky enough to be a part of Fremantle’s growth in the scripted business and am proud to be part of us having increased the number of Dramas we have delivered from around 30 projects in 2016, to over 100 projects in 2022. I can’t wait to continue the journey of growth and quality.”
Under his new role, Vesper will be tasked with leveraging Fremantle’s portfolio of scripted drama, films and dailies on a global scale. He will also oversee the company's scripted labels. He is set to report to Andrea Scrosati, Group COO and CEO Continental Europe. He will also take oversight of talent partnerships and deals, which includes Chernobyl director Johan Renck and Michael Paret’s newly launched production company Sinestra, Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Films, Afua Hirsch’s Born In Me and The Creatives, Fremantle’s three-year partnership agreement with a creative alliance of nine leading independent production companies.
Based in London, Vesper and his team will continue offering support to Fremantle’s broader drama initiatives, working in close collaboration with its regional drama heads across all territories in which Fremantle operates including UFA in Germany, Fremantle Australia, Abot Hameiri in Israel and Fremantle Mexico. He will also contribute to Fremantle’s growing film strategy, working with its producers on projects including Element Pictures’ On Becoming a Guinea Fowl directed by Rungano Nyoni and projects soon to be announced by Wildside.
The executive initially began his tenure with the company in 2016 as Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Global Drama, and was promoted in 2020 to President, Global Drama. He previously served as drama chief at Sundance TV, where he oversaw critically-acclaimed international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deutschland 83, and domestic series Hap And Leonard, created by novelist Joe R. Lansdale, and Ray MacKinnon’s Rectify. He previously worked at HBO; entertainment industry start-up iFilm; October Films and USA Film.
“Following the acquisitions of Element Pictures and Lux Vide, our scripted eco-system has become even stronger," Andrea Scrosati, Group COO and CEO Continental Europe, said. "This new role is part of the new organisational structure we are putting in place to best support our family of great producers. Under Christian’s leadership, Fremantle has delivered beautifully made, provocative and taste-making series. He has also made connections and partnerships with some of the best creatives in the world. He has impeccable taste and a unique creative instinct, which makes him an exceptionally-valued point of reference for our producers and talents across the world.”
The opportunity to oversee the Drama Group, and to help support and guide our producers to continue to make the best TV and films in the global marketplace, is a privilege.” Christian Vesper CEO, Global Drama, Fremantle