Unscripted veterans Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin, most recently Endemol Shine’s SVP of Development and EVP of Programming, have formed Eureka, a production company in partnership with FremantleMedia.
The duo has worked together for a decade, including a stint at FremantleMedia Australia. They’ve developed, adapted and produced franchises such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Fake Off, The Apprentice, Restaurant Startup, The Face, Project Runway and Minute to Win It.
Eureka, which opened a Los Angeles office in January, has three projects set up at cable networks. Culvenor and Franklin will open their Sydney office in March and will staff up in both locations.
“Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creatives,” said Rob Clark, Director of Global Entertainment, FremantleMedia. “Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”
Eureka is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.