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Fremantle Gets Music Film Director Letts

1 Nov, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

“American Idol” parent company Fremantle Media has grabbed Grammy-winning director Don Letts for a new production deal.

The deal grants Fremantle the rights to develop and exploit programs created by Letts across home entertainment, television and other mediums. The partnership focuses specifically on creating music and pop-culture based documentaries.

“Don's influence in the music world is beyond compare, and we're very much looking forward to working with him to produce more cutting edge and award-winning content that music fans will be able to enjoy 24/7 across multiple platforms,” said Pete Kalhan, SVP of Home Entertainment and Archive sales for Fremantle.

The U.K.-based Letts won a 2003 Grammy for his work on the film Westway to the World, featuring The Clash. In 2005, he created Punk Attitude, chronicling the 1970s punk music revolution. He also this year directed Tales of Dr. Funkenstein, featuring George Clinton, Andrew 3000 and Macy Gray, as well as Rock it to Rio, which followed alt-rockers Franz Ferdinand on tour in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

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