For this year, FremantleMedia will focus on fiction and factual. To Natpe they will take, in scripted drama, Picnic at Hanging Rock
(6x60’), Hard Sun
(6x60’) from Euston Films and Neil Cross for BBC1 and Hulu in the US; My Brilliant Friend
(8x60’) produced by Wildside and HBO EE UU, Sunshine Kings
(4x60’) and Olivia Newton-John
In factual they will offer I Am Martin Luther King
(1x120’) from Network Entertainment for Paramount Network, Wasted
(1x120’) produced by Zero Point Zero and The Sisters
(1x60’) from Slug News/TV Presse and France 24.
Sheila Hall Aguirre, VP of Content Distribution and Format Sales for Latin America, the Caribbean and US Hispanic at FremantleMedia Internacional, commented that in Natpe they will start conversations for projects that are in production, such as The Bridge
for History Channel (it tells the story of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky); The Miracle
(from Wildside); Baghdad Central
(from Houston Films) and American Idol,
which returns on ABC US on March 11.
She feels the region is going through one of the biggest transitions of its history. “I think Amazon and Netflix have changed the playing field. Amazon and Netflix are forcing us to raise prices for the first window. Previously, to cover the deficit and obtain benefits, we use to have
a series of sales to platforms, but nowadays, if the first window is an SVOD platform such as Netflix or Amazon, it is almost impossible to reach the second window,” she adds.