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Fremantle hires BBC's Kate Harwood to revive Euston Films

Fremantle hires BBC's Kate Harwood to revive Euston Films
Staff Reporter
17 March 2014

Kate Harwood, the BBC’s head of drama production in England, is leaving to revive drama label Euston Films, part of FremantleMedia UK.

Euston Films will be a new addition to existing FMUK production labels Boundless, Newman Street, Retort, Talkback and Thames. The indie was previously part of Thames, when it produced iconic dramas including The Sweeney and Minder.

Euston Films will sit alongside Newman Street, the producer of new C5 drama Suspects, with a brief to increase FremantleMedia UK’s drama output.
Harwood will become Managing Director, reporting into Sara Geater, CEO, FremantleMedia UK.
Geater commented: “Euston Films is a name associated with iconic drama, and I’m delighted to announce that we will be launching it as a new label as part of FremantleMedia UK.  Our strategy is to produce high-end drama with global reach, and Kate’s appointment as managing director of Euston Films is a real coup.  She brings a fantastic wealth of experience and knowledge, and will be a great asset.”
Harwood added:  " I am delighted to be taking up the role of managing director of Euston Films and am really relishing the challenge of new ventures in drama in the independent sector after many happy years in BBC Production.”  
Harwood’s career began in in-house drama production at the BBC starting as script editor and then producer on shows such as Holding On, Charles II and Twenty Thousand Streets. 

She then became an executive producer on titles including Cranford, Lost World, Oliver Twist.  She was executive producer of EastEnders from 2005/6 and then controller of series and serials responsible for output such as Criminal Justice, Luther, Five Daughters, Silent Witness, The Musketeers, South Riding and In the Flesh.  

Harwood has been head of drama production England since 2013 when the Continuing Drama Series and Daytime dramas were brought together under her leadership.

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