Sundance TV veteran Christian Vesper has joined FremantleMedia as executive vice president, creative director of global drama.
Vesper, who ankled Sundance TV in January after 14 years at the network, will report to FremantleMedia’s director of global drama Sarah Doole, while maintaining a base in both London and New York.
In the new role, he will work closely with FremantleMedia’s production companies as a development partner with a focus on bolstering the international scripted development slate. He will also cultivate his own projects within the company and will have the platform to connect leading international writers, producers, directors and actors with FremantleMedia’s production teams to develop scripted programming of the highest calibre.
“I’ve been a fan of Sarah Doole and the FremantleMedia team for quite some time,” said Vesper. “I’m impressed by what they’ve done in the drama space to date and can’t wait to continue this work with them. FremantleMedia has real global ambition with some of the best creative talent in the business around the world and I look forward to helping bring FremantleMedia’s vision for drama to global broadcasters and audiences.”
Doole added: “It’s a real coup to have Christian join FremantleMedia’s global drama team. He is one of the most creative and editorially talented drama executives working in the business today, with a contact book that is brimming with the industry’s best-known and most-respected names. I’m thrilled that he’s joining us and know that he will begin his brilliant experience to the role, helping us to build our international drama portfolio even further.”
During his time at Sundance TV, Vesper was responsible for overseeing all international projects for the network, spearheading premier co-production partnerships for Sundance TV. His credits include “The Last Panthers,” with Sky Atlantic and Canal+, “Rebellion” with Zodiak Rights, RTE and Touchpaper TV, “The A Word” with BBC One and Keshet and the critically acclaimed “Deutschland 83” with UFA Fiction and FremantleMedia.
He previously held roles at HBO, entertainment industry start-up iFilm, October Films and USA Films.
Vesper’s hire highlights FremantleMedia’s ambition to grow its in-house scripted activity. The company creates, produces and distributes programs such as “Idols,” “Got Talent” and “The X-Factor” (produced with Syco) and “Deutschland 83,” “Neighbors” and “Grand Designs.”