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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ director launches label, signs Fremantle First-Look deal

No news from the Western Front Director Edward Berger has launched a new production label, Nine Hours, and signed a two-year first-look deal with production giant Fremantle.

Berger, attaches great importance to the success of All quietwhich garnered 9 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, launched the new company with producing partners Luke Rivett (Corner office, Berlin station) and Jeanne Tremsal (Goodbye daddy, See you in hell).

Fremantle’s deal gives the company first shot at Nine Hours’ television projects and second look at Berger’s new movie pipeline.

No news from the Western Front, made for Netflix, has been a huge success this awards season. In addition to 9 Oscar nominations, the German film is the frontrunner for this year’s BAFTA awards, with a whopping 14 nominations. The first-ever German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic anti-war novel, the film stars Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch and Daniel Brühl.

In addition to his feature films, Berger is a prolific director for the small screen, with five episodes of spy thrillers Germany 83who produced Fremantle’s German operation UFA Fiction as well as the Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose with Benedict Cumberbatch, for which he was nominated for an Emmy, and several episodes of Showtime’s Your honor starring Bryan Cranston.

“Great drama comes from filmmakers who have an undeniable drive to tell their story,” Berger said in a statement. “We intend to find and nurture these filmmakers in their efforts to bring their grounded, intelligent and cinematic vision to the screen. We couldn’t have found a more exciting partner than Fremantle for this dream.”

Fremantle has first-look deals with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Sinestra’s Johan Renck and Michael Parets, Nicholas Weinstock, Sarah Condon and the Larrain Brothers, as well as long-running production collaborations with European authors such as Luca Guadagnino (Bones and all), Paolo Sorrentino (The hand of God) and Michael Winterbottom (This England).

The new collaboration with Berger was spearheaded by Christian Vesper, Fremantle CEO global drama, and Seb Shorr, executive vp of commercial & business affairs. Lorenzo De Maio assisted with the deal.

“We have long admired Edward’s talent and creative vision since working with him on the Emmy-nominated series Germany 83Vesper said. “We are honored that he has chosen to work with us at the launch of his new label Nine Hours and at such a groundbreaking time in his career.”

Edward Berger is represented by Range Media Partners, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd and Creative Artists Agency.

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