Extra: Fremantle names Strong Productions CEO; ImpactWild unveils first doc

TV2 Denmark exec to head up Strong Productions Fremantle has named the new CEO of Danish production company Strong Productions. Sune Roland will take on the role. He joins the company from TV2 ...
July 4, 2022

TV2 Denmark exec to head up Strong Productions

Fremantle has named the new CEO of Danish production company Strong Productions.

Sune Roland will take on the role. He joins the company from TV2 Denmark where he worked for nine years, both as program director and channel manager for niche channels such as Zulu, Charlie and Fri, and most recently as chief content officer for TV2 Play and TV2 Zulu.

Roland has also worked for several production companies including Bastard Film, Metronome Productions and Koncern TV.

“I am really looking forward to getting on the producing side of the fence again and, through Strong’s skilled employees, being able to translate some of the knowledge I have acquired over the last seven years in my work with TV2 Play about what works on streaming,” Roland said in a news release.

“I know Strong to be a place with amazing people and values that very much match my own. I also look forward to being part of the international Fremantle family, and completely agree with the overall vision of creating the place creatives call home, because I believe that this is the prerequisite for creating content that works and moves across platforms. I will do my best to continue to ensure that Strong is such a place, so we can both retain and recruit the best in the industry.”

Roland will start working in the role on October 1. He takes over from interim CEO Morten Mogensen, who took the helm when former CEO Kristian Farcin-Leth left the company in April.

ImpactWild preps first doc project

The recently launched multi-platform prodco ImpactWild has set its plans for its first TV documentary, Re:Think Chimps.

The documentary boasts exclusive access to the last four years of footage from the Ozouga Society, a German-run chimpanzee research organization that’s been working in the central African country of Gabon for more than 15 years.

Working with Ozouga, ImpactWild will create a half-hour film for Gabon Culture Television and French-speaking African channels, and then look to sell the title internationally. ImpactWild’s goal is to encourage reappraisal of chimps, leading to more protected populations in the wild.

ImpactWild will also look to create short, shareable clips featuring local researchers, that will be made freely available in French-speaking Africa via WhatsApp and YouTube.

The company was founded in Bristol by former BBC Natural History Unit director and producer Cherique Pohl.

“ImpactWild was established as a force for good, seeking to end the exploitation of wildlife and wild places through informing and inspiring critical audiences,” Pohl said. “Having grown up in Africa, I know only too well that local people do not always have access to the same information we do in the West about declining wildlife populations and disappearing habitats. So, the ambition with this project is to use the extraordinary footage from the Ozouga Society to not only create an engaging and entertaining film, but one that also encourages reappraisal and changes behavior.

“Most wildlife filmmaking is undertaken sympathetically, and filmmakers work hard to raise issues, but we are dedicated to creating real impact with our work to ensure we effect meaningful change on the ground.”

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