BBC ‘Storyville’ commissioning editor Mandy Chang is joining Fremantle as global head of documentaries to spearhead the producer-distributor’s growth in high-end factual production.
Chang (pictured), reporting to group COO Andrea Scrosati, will oversee the strategy and creation of Fremantle’s new factual division.
She takes up the role later this year.
“Mandy is an incredible creative talent; her experience and leadership as both a producer and commissioner will be key to Fremantle’s very ambitious plans to scale-up our global factual capabilities,” Scrosati said in a release Monday (May 10). “Whilst we are already producing and distributing a growing slate of documentaries, we want to invest to do more and we are excited to work with Mandy who will help us design and execute this ambitious plan.”
Chang added: “Leading BBC ‘Storyville’ and international acquisitions to bring hundreds of hours of the best international documentaries and factual programming to the BBC’s platforms has been deeply fulfilling and a privilege. I am now really looking forward to a new challenge, working with Andrea and taking up this ambitious new role at Fremantle. This is a unique opportunity to create a division of world-class documentary films and series from around the globe, that unites all the experience and knowledge gained throughout my career.”
Chang has served as commissioning editor for BBC ‘Storyville’ since 2017. Prior to that, she was head of arts at ABC TV and acting head of non-scripted TV at ABC.
As an award-winning documentary producer-director and filmmaker, Chang’s work has spanned a range of factual genres: music, arts, history, observational, polemical and biographical.
Fremantle recently partnered with Richard Brown’s Passenger on a docuseries charting the launch and inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), to be directed by South African filmmaker Tebogo Malope.
In the UK, Fremantle’s Naked is working on Planet Sex (Hulu and BBC Three), which will see Cara Delevingne front a series exploring the biggest questions in human sexuality.
In Italy, Fremantle is set to launch its original series Veleno: The Town of Lost Children with Amazon Prime Video, chronicling the true events of the ‘Satanic Panic’ phenomenon.
In Germany, UFA (with Wild Blue Media) have produced a docuseries following a scientific expedition to undertake crucial climate research, Arctic Drift, and recently announced the creation of UFA Documentaries, a division fully focused on production of high-end docs.
Fremantle also has a number of high-end documentary acquisitions on its 2021 slate, including the water scarcity documentary Day Zero, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor; the Samuel L. Jackson-fronted seminal series Enslaved; How it Feels to Be Free, executive produced by Alicia Keys; and recently announced titles Oscar Peterson: Black and White and the three-part Hulu docuseries Von Dutch.