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Fremantle has Eureka moment

Former Endemol Shine Group producers Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have launched a US-based unscripted prodco with FremantleMedia.

Eureka Productions, which launched last month in LA, already has three projects set up at “top tier” cable networks in the US, according to the company.

The company said it will work with FremantleMedia, which has made a string of prodco acquisitions and launches in the last 12 months, to develop and produce projects for its network of producers and sales teams to “optimise.”

Eureka will also open a Sydney office in March and will announce staff appointments in due course.

Culvenor and Franklin were most recently Endemol Shine’s senior VP of development and executive VP of programming, respectively. The duo has worked together for more than 10 years on programmes including MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser and The Voice. They also had a stint producing together at FremantleMedia Australia.

“Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creatives,” said Rob Clark, director of global entertainment at FremantleMedia. “Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

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