Fremantle and the New Zealand-based Pango Productions have struck up a development partnership, resulting in two commissions.
New Zealand’s channel Three has licensed the factual-entertainment series Match Fit, an original format from Fremantle’s UK label Talkback. TV1 will be the home for the social history series National Treasure, an original concept from Irish producer EZ Films.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO for the Asia Pacific at Fremantle, said: “I’m extremely excited that as part of Fremantle’s New Zealand strategy we are working with Bailey and teamed with such a progressive and innovative company as Pango, they have a proven track record in telling great stories and we look forward to many more collaborations in the future.”
Bailey Mackey, Pango CEO and executive producer, said: “This is a significant step for an independent production company like Pango. To be linked with a global entity like Fremantle, it’s awesome. They have set the standard in the unscripted space worldwide and this partnership opens up the international landscape for us.”