Nine independent production companies from eight countries have formed a creative and development alliance called The Creatives, designed to house a slate of drama series and films and increase their collective power.
Spearheaded by France’s Haut Et Court, the alliance has struck a three-year partnership agreement with Fremantle, which will help develop and fund international dramas series working in collaboration with Christian Vesper, president of global drama at Fremantle, and Fremantle’s global drama team.
The nine companies making up The Creatives alliance are the UK’s Good Chaos, Norway’s Maipo Film, France’s Unité and Haut et Court, the Netherlands’ Lemming Film, Denmark’s Razor Film, the USA’s Masha, Belgium’s Versus Production and Israel’s Spiro
The production companies came together over the last year to strengthen their independent status through collaboration in the fast-changing TV and film landscape.
Between them, the nine companies have over 100 films and series in various stages of development or production. The films and series produced by the group will be signed under the newly formed label The Creatives.
The group will work closely together in co-production and strategic partnerships, information sharing, combining each other’s talent and networks. The Creatives are focused on sustainability, diversity, and fair practice, and bolstering talent relationships.
In a statement, The Creatives said: “Nine companies, nine different identities, who want to keep their individuality and their cultures as well as that of the talent they work with. We cooperate, we exchange ideas, we develop, we produce, and we maintain our idiosyncrasies. In return, as a response to an exponential growth of the market, we offer writers and directors a home of a significant scale where they will benefit from a global approach. At the same time, they retain control of their stories and keep hold of rights, as much as possible. In this hugely competitive world, we all believe it is the only way to swim upstream and stay ahead of our competitors.”
Carole Scotta, Haut Et Court, co-founder said: “We have pioneered this unique deal structure, with the valued support and backing of Fremantle. The Creatives will protect the independent development process that has been the backbone of storytelling in Europe for decades. We unite in order to stay as free and creatively interesting as possible, and supply films and series which audiences will respond to. We are committed to offer fair conditions to the talent we work with and to strengthen the long-term relationships with our writers, showrunners, and directors as well as with new talent.”
Christian Vesper, president of Global Drama, Fremantle: said “We believe The Creatives will deliver a consistent slate of high-quality, authentic and sophisticated productions, each of which will have creative freedom at its very heart, and we are extremely proud to be partnering with them.”
About The Creatives
Haut Et Court (France)
Founded in 1992 and run by Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo and Simon Arnal, Haut Et Court has film credits including Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Class, Coco Before Chanel and recent Cannes label hit Gagarine (2020). TV credits include The Returned, The Young Pope and recently Possessions for Canal + and No Man’s Land for Hulu and Arte, both in 2020.
Lemming Film (Netherlands)
Established in 1995 and run by Leontine Petit, Erik Glijnis and Tom van Blommestein, Lemming’s feature credits include: Cannes/Sundance hit Pleasure, Dutch Oscar entry Do not hesitate and Berlin competition success Berlin Alexanderplatz. Recent series include the two Emmy nominated series Remy, Nobody’s Boy and English language vampire saga Heirs of the Night.
Versus Production (Belgium)
Founded in 1999 by Jacques-Henri Bronckart. In 2020, Versus was a co-producer of No Man’s Land, produced Lost Bullet for Netflix and Bouli Lanners’ Scotland-set Nobody Has To Know. It is currently preparing the US remake of Mothers’ Instinct with Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway.
Maipo Film (Norway)
Maipo, founded and run by Synnove Horsdal in 2000, has credits over the last two decades including Oscar nominated Elling (2001), Sundance prize winner Happy, Happy (2010), Miss Julie (2014) starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell, and hit series State Of Happiness (2018) which is now shooting its second season.
Razor Film (Germany)
Founded in 2002 and run by Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul, Razor’s credits include award-winning international features including Waltz With Bashir, Wadjda, Paradise Now, The Perfect Candidate, Copilot and Quo Vadis, Aida? while also producing TV and online content which brought the company the German TV Award and an Interactive Emmy.
Established by Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck in 2013, Spiro produces films and series for the local and international markets with recent series including When Heroes Fly (2018), sold to Netflix and being remade by Apple, and No Man’s Land for Hulu and Arte. Films include Yuval Adler’s thriller The Operative (2019), Nir Bergman’s Here We Are (2020) and Samuel Maoz’s Venice Silver Lion winner Foxtrot (2017).
Set up by Bruno Nahon and Caroline Nataf in 2014, Unité has produced series, including Mythomaniac and Twice Upon A Time, both for Arte and Netflix, The Churchmen for Arte, and films such as the recent titles The Braves (Cannes 2021), the comedy hit A Good Doctor (2019). Unité has just wrapped the shooting of Tirailleurs, coproduced and starred by Omar Sy.
Masha (USA) Maria Feldman’s New York-based company was founded in 2016 and specialises in creating international TV series for global audiences and its popular Israeli format False Flag is currently being remade by Apple with Uma Thurman. Other credits include Amazon’s Absentia with Stana Katic and No Man’s Land with Haut Et Court and Versus.
Good Chaos (UK) Former CEO of Protagonist Pictures Mike Goodridge set up UK-based Good Chaos in 2017 to produce film and series around the world. An EP on Oscar-nominated Quo Vadis, Aida and co-producer on Ruben Ostlund’s next film Triangle Of Sadness, Goodridge has three features set to shoot this year and series in development with major film-makers.
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