Freemantle to Revive Euston FilmsMarc Ehrenbold
Kate Harwood, BBC’s in-house drama boss is leaving the corporation after 24 years to revive drama label Euston Films, part of Fremantle UK. Harwood’s career began in in-house drama production at the BBC starting as script editor. As a Producer, she has worked on huge hit dramas such as ‘Holding On’, ‘The Beggar Bride’, ‘The Echo’, BAFTA winner ‘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’.
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.
Managing Director of Euston Films
“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” says Geater.
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 declared she was “relishing the challenge of new ventures in drama in the independent sector after many happy years in BBC Production”. Euston Films originally built a reputation for shooting on film and entirely on location.
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