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Aiming to further expand its presence globally, FremantleMedia has acquired a 51% stake in Fontaram, the French scripted company recently launched by producer/writer partners François Aramburu and Pascal Fontanille.

The deal with Fontaram, which follows the acquisition of Italian TV and film company Wildside, was brokered by FremantleMedia France CEO Monica Galer, who will have a seat on the board of the new company.

“François (Aramburu) and Pascale (Fontanille) are incredibly talented drama producers with a wealth of experience and long standing relationships with all of the major French broadcasters. This is an important deal for FremantleMedia as we establish our scripted presence in France and I look forward to a successful creative partnership with the duo.”

François Aramburu and Pascal Fontanille said that their partnership with FremantleMedia would give their “new production company the best possible foundation to grow while also fulfilling our creative ambition.”

The pair added, “Joining an international group to produce French drama and international co-production both broadens our opportunities and allows us to develop new content, within an environment that is constantly changing.”

Before launching Fontaram, Aramburu and Fontanille produced via their previous banner Merlin a bunch of popular drama such as Clem for top commercial net TF1, “On se retrouvera,” also for TF1 and “Délit de Fuite” with Eric Cantona for pubcaster France 2.