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Source: 72 Films

David Glover, Mark Raphael

Global production and distribution firm Fremantle has acquired a majority stake in UK-based TV production company 72 Films.

72 Films’ credits include Prime Video’s Arsenal: All Or Nothing, the Emmy award-winning 9/11: One Day In America and Netflix’s Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story.

Most recently, 72 Films produced the BBC series The Elon Musk Show, about the rise of the billionaire entrepreneur, which was distributed globally by Fremantle.

In a statement, 72 Films founders David Glover and Mark Raphael said they will retain “complete creative freedom”.

The announcement follows a string of recent acquisitions for Fremantle, including UK-Irish production company Element Pictures, UK companies Dancing Ledge and Label1, Italy’s Lux Vide, Australian-US TV firm Eureka Productions and international company Fabel, as well as 12 production labels from the Nordic Entertainment Group.

Last year, RTL Group – which owns Fremantle – set out a €3bn full-year revenue target for the company to hit by 2025.