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Fremantle racks up “The Curse of Von Dutch” sales, sets up factual arm for Spain

Global producer-distributor Fremantle has made a variety of sales for The Curse of Von Dutch: A Brand to Die For (3 x 60 minutes). Prime Video has acquired the series in ...
November 18, 2021

Global producer-distributor Fremantle has made a variety of sales for The Curse of Von Dutch: A Brand to Die For (3 x 60 minutes).

Prime Video has acquired the series in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while Disney acquired the title for Fox Channel in Belgium and the Netherlands, and reality streamer Hayu has picked up the series in the UK and Ireland.

The Curse of Von Dutch, produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation for Hulu, launched in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday (Nov. 18). The series had previously been announced as part of Fremantle’s autumn distribution slate of high-end factual programming.

The series covers the rise and fall of fashion company Von Dutch, tracking the brand’s rise from obscurity to becoming a globally recognizable label in the early 2000s, to a decade of backstabbing and greed that followed.

Fremantle also secured multi-regional deals for the series with eTV (Africa), Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland) and Doku TV (Eastern Europe). Cosmote TV in Greece and Series On by Naver Webtoon in Korea have both acquired the series, as well.

“As expected, this premium docuseries has been a pre-sales hit with broadcasters across the globe and we can’t wait for their audiences to tune in. It has been great working with IPC and Hulu, to share the scandalous past and stranger than fiction characters of this iconic early 2000s fashion brand,” said Harry Gamsu, VP acquisitions, non-scripted content, international at Fremantle, in a news release.

Fremantle Spain, meanwhile, has announced that industry veteran Fernando Jerez will lead a new production arm dedicated to factual and documentary program-making, called En Cero Coma Producciones.

Jerez will work closely with Fremantle’s global head of documentaries, Mandy Chang. He’ll report to Fremantle Spain CEO Nathalie Garcia.

Jerez joins Fremantle Spain from Movistar+ where he led non-fiction original productions and launched the linear channel #0. During his tenure, he managed exclusive entertainment, series and movie channels for the platform. Jerez was also responsible for setting up operations in Spain and Portugal for Discovery, and launched its free-to-air channel in the region, DMAX.

The new label is part of an overall effort by Fremantle to grow its footprint in high-end factual titles. It follows UFA Documentary’s creation in Germany earlier this year.

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