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TV Drama Weekly
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June 30, 2020

In this week's edition:
• Drama’s Brave New World
• WorldScreenings: Eccho Rights’ Fredrik af Malmborg



Drama’s Brave New World

***Eccho Rights***Executives from Fremantle, Banijay Rights, ZDF Enterprises and STUDIOCANAL participated in a video conference hosted by Anna Carugati, World Screen’s group editorial director, about the current state of the international drama business.

The panel, titled Drama’s Brave New World, featured Andrea Scrosati, group COO of Fremantle; Chris Stewart, the commercial director of scripted at Banijay Rights; Robert Franke, VP of ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises; and Françoise Guyonnet, executive managing director of TV series at STUDIOCANAL. The conversation touched on buyers’ current needs, how financing models are changing and how production is starting up again with all necessary COVID-19 safety measures. The panelists also weighed in on the opportunities for growth in the months ahead.



Eccho Rights’ Fredrik af Malmborg

Fredrik af Malmborg, managing director of Eccho Rights, spoke to Anna Carugati, World Screen’s group editorial director, via video conference about the strengths of the company’s varied offering and where the bright spots can be found even in darker times.


Even within the challenging environment brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic, Eccho Rights has launched two Turkish series to the global marketplace: My Home, My Destiny and Legacy. The company has been able to rise above the challenges of the current times to find new opportunities, especially in a unique production ecosystem like that in Turkey.

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