FME has the Vision to sign Abbott

Company nabs distribution deal with writer

LONDON — FremantleMedia Enterprises has signed a three-year, first-look distribution deal with British scribe Paul Abbott and his new shingle, Abbott Vision.

Abbott, who created political thriller “State of Play,” remade as a Hollywood film starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, and U.K. TV skeins “Shameless” and “Touching Evil,” set up Abbott Vision last year.

“Working with Paul presented us with a rare and fantastic opportunity to collaborate with one of Britain’s greatest talents,” said FME CEO David Ellender.

Abbott said that FME’s approach to project development was “spot on.”

He added: “Too many industry people are reacting to the economic situation by diving for their emergency media survival manuals.

“That’s the opposite of where I stand. It’s wrong, it’s destructive and it will force creative talent into a tailspin. We should all be investing in imagination now. It’s a lot more fun and it’s the only credible asset that can rescue the screen drama industry.”

Deal was brokered by FME chief operating officer, Dan Allen.

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