4 December 2017

The award-winning British screenwriter is set to collaborate with FremantleMedia’s Euston Films and FremantleMedia North America on future projects

FremantleMedia continues to grow its list of partnerships with top drama talent with a new exclusive overall deal with the multi-award winning novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther, Hard Sun).

The deal will see Neil work closely with Kate Harwood, MD of Euston Films, and Dante Di Loreto, President of Scripted Entertainment for FremantleMedia North America, to develop a range of high-end drama projects. Series created through the deal will be distributed globally by FremantleMedia International.

Neil Cross commented: “What we do should be fun, and working with Kate Harwood and Euston Films on Hard Sun has been just about the most enjoyable, as well as the most satisfying, experience of my professional life. So, I was delighted when FremantleMedia offered me a permanent home from which to develop and produce great shows, both in the UK with Kate and in the US with my old friend Dante Di Loreto for FMNA.”

Kate Harwood added: “Neil is one of the greatest storytellers in the industry. He has an extraordinary ability in creating engaging and ambitious ideas with complex characters that audiences around the world have come to love. We’re hugely proud of the work we’ve done together on Hard Sun and looking forward to creating even more distinctive dramas together in the future.”

Dante Di Loreto commented: “In our ever-changing drama industry, we need to create shows that can cut-through, engage and entertain; and Neil Cross’ creative vision always delivers. With a history of developing projects which have gone on to establish global fans, we’re very much looking forward to working with Neil on his future concepts. Here at FremantleMedia, we’re on a mission to work with the best scripted creative talent in the industry to produce big and bold dramas that can resonate with audiences globally and our deal with Neil perfectly keeps our strategy on track.”

Neil Cross is best known as the creator of the multi-award winning international hit BBC crime series Luther, starring Idris Elba, for which he has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing.

His most recent project is a new pre-apocalyptic crime drama, Hard Sun, launching on BBC One in the UK and with Hulu in the US in 2018. Starring Jim Sturgess (One Day, The Way Back) as Charlie Hicks, and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) as Elaine Renko, detectives who, while investigating a murder in the inner city, stumble upon proof that the world faces certain destruction – in five years. The series is produced by Euston Films. Directors are Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Great Expectations, Luther), Nick Rowland (Ripper Street) and Richard Senior (Poldark, The Last Kingdom), with Hugh Warren (Thirteen, Call the Midwife) producing the series. The executive producers are Kate Harwood and Neil Cross for Euston Films and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One.