Fremantle takes Easy Tiger stake

FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in the brand new Australian drama company Easy Tiger Productions. The high-end scripted indie will be led by producer Ian Collie, who will take up the position of Managing Director.

Collie co-founded Essential Media in 2006 and rapidly built its drama division into one of Australia’s foremost creators and producers of scripted content. Collie will be joined in the new company by development executives Rachael Turk and Tanya Phegan, formerly of Essential Media. Easy Tiger Productions Board member will include FremantleMedia’s Sangeeta Desai, COO and CEO Emerging Markets Sarah Doole, Director of Global Drama and Ian Hogg, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Australia & Asia Pacific.

Sarah Doole said: “Our ambition is to work with the best scripted talent in the world to tell bold and impactful stories, and Easy Tiger ticks all of those boxes. Ian and his team have been responsible for a number of ambitious titles with global success, and their upcoming slate includes a range of storylines on the forefront of originality that will perfectly complement the series coming from FremantleMedia’s growing family of prime-time drama producers.”

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