FremantleMedia Buys Drama Arm of Essential Media, Producer of ‘Rake’

Variety | 9/11/2017 | Stewart Clarke
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FremantleMedia has snapped up the drama division of Essential Media and Entertainment, one of the largest indie producers in Australia. The company’s scripted unit makes Australian series including “Doctor Doctor,” “The Principal,” “Jack Irish,” and “Rake,” the legal drama that was remade for Fox in the U.S. with Greg Kinnear.

The deal has been some time in the making and hands FremantleMedia Essential’s current dramas and its development slate. The second season of “Doctor Doctor” is being edited; Season 2 of “Jack Irish” is about to enter production; and Season 5 of “Rake” is heading into pre-production.

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Essential’s head of scripted, Ian Collie, will exit the company as part of the deal and set up a re-branded, Australia-based drama business under the Easy Tiger banner, which will be majority-owned by FremantleMedia.

Collie is one of the co-founders of Essential, alongside Chris Hilton and Sonja Armstrong. “We’ve had other offers but this suited Ian and was a good deal,” Hilton told Variety. “We will...
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