Growing drama slate

24.10.2016, United Kingdom, FremantleMedia UK

Euston Films, which is part of FremantleMedia UK, announced the launch of Euston North. This new regional hub will set out to further establish Euston Films as a leading force in modern television drama.

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Kate Harwood, Managing Director of Euston Films, has announced the creation of Euston North, based in Manchester. The new regional hub will be headed up by former BBC Head of Drama England, North, Hilary Martin. Simon Judd, former Development Executive at BBC Drama North, will join Hilary as Head of Development. Reporting into Kate, Hilary and Simon will grow a drama slate that both nurtures the writer's voice and brings it to screen with scale and ambition.

Long-associated with iconic drama, Euston Films was rebooted as a production company in 2014 with the aim to produce high-end drama with global reach. The indie is currently in pre-production with Hard Sun, a brand new six-part drama series for BBC One, written by Neil Cross (Luther).

Hilary Martin, Head of Euston North

Kate Harwood, Managing Director of Euston Films comments: “It’s an incredibly exciting and dynamic period for Euston Films. By establishing a Manchester-based office, we are intending to tap into the great drama talent that exists in the north and to work closely with writers and creatives with whom Hilary and Simon have a strong connection. Hilary has an unbeatable reputation and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the label. I am delighted that she and Simon will be joining the team.”

Hilary Martin, Head of Euston North adds: “We're thrilled to be working with Kate and FremantleMedia to establish Euston North as a magnet for both established world-class talent and the show-runners of tomorrow.”

Interim CEO FremantleMedia UK, Richard Holloway says: “Producing quality drama with international appeal is key to our business strategy, and the creation of Euston North will help us to exploit those plans more fully.  We have ambitions to grow Euston Films into one of the leading drama producers in the UK, and BBC One’s commission of Euston Films’ Hard Sun is testament to the immensely creative and talented people we are working with to achieve this.”