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Oscar nominee Berger forms prodco Nine Hours, partners Fremantle

L-R: Edward Berger, Christian Vesper, Jeanne Tremsal and Luke Rivett

Edward Berger, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind All Quiet on the Western Front, has launched a new production company and agreed a first-look deal with European production group Fremantle.

Having just secured nine nominations for the forthcoming 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture for All Quiet on the Western Front, Berger is behind TV series Patrick Melrose, Your Honor, The Terror and Deutschland 83.

Nine Hours has been set up with long-time collaborator Luke Rivett (Corner Office, Berlin Station, The Tomorrow Man) with producer Jeanne Tremsal (So Long Daddy, See you in Hell) and has secured a two-year, first-look deal with European production group Fremantle.

The deal will see Fremantle become the primary home for all of Nine Hours’ television projects as well as giving the producer and distributor second-look access to Berger’s new film pipeline.

The new partnership with Berger was spearheaded by Fremantle’s Christian Vesper, who was recently promoted to CEO of global drama, and Seb Shorr, exec VP of commercial and business affairs. Lorenzo De Maio assisted on the deal.

Berger said: “Great drama comes from filmmakers who have an undeniable urge to tell their story. We intend to find and nourish these filmmakers in their endeavours to bring their grounded, intelligent and cinematic vision to the screen. We couldn’t have found a more exciting partner than Fremantle for this dream.”

Vesper added: “We have long admired Edward’s talent and creative vision since working with him on the Emmy-nominated series Deutschland 83. We are honoured that he has chosen to partner with us as he launches his new label Nine Hours and at such a seminal moment in his career.”

The agreement with Berger’s Nine Hours is the latest creative partnership to be announced by Fremantle.

The global producer’s first-look deals include partnerships with Angelina Jolie, Sinestra’s Johan Renck and Michael Parets, Nicholas Weinstock, Sarah Condon and the Larrain brothers, as well as ongoing collaborations with acclaimed writers and directors including Luca Guadagnino, Paulo Sorrentino, Neil Cross and Michael Winterbottom.

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