Here’s the latest sales, rights and distribution update from CEO Jane Fraser.

Fremantle Press was among 24 Australian publishers pitching 86 titles at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). It was speed dating with style! After a panel session on the advantages of adapting short stories for the screen, we had eight 20-minute one-on-one sessions with film and television producers (from a total of 100 attendees).

Our list was strong on West Aussie outback crime thrillers with Sweet One by Peter Docker our lead submission. There was quite a bit of interest in our other titles too, including How I Became the Mr Big of People Smuggling, Reality, Red Dirt Talking, Prime Cut, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, The Break, Rhubarb, and City of Light. It was fast-talking, scene-building, name-dropping hard work. Pitching is not for the faint-hearted.

Like publishing, film production takes time and requires a lot of funding and the key is to match the right book with the right producer. That means getting to know the producers well because they are hungry for content, so I’m really looking forward to talking books-to-film again at CinefestOz in Busselton this month.

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