EMMY AWARD-NOMINATED BEN WINSTON, WITH FULWELL 73 PRODUCTIONS, SIGNS DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS
STUDIO CITY, CALIF. - Aug. 9, 2016 - CBS Television Studios announced today a development deal with Fulwell 73, the independent UK-based production company comprised of partners Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman, Ben Turner and Gabe Turner.
Executive producers of CBS's Emmy Award-nominated THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, Fulwell 73 and Ben Winston will create all forms of television (scripted, alternative and digital) for the Studio. They will develop for broadcast and cable networks, as well as streaming services and other digital platforms.
Winston and Fulwell 73's initial project is the previously announced CARPOOL KARAOKE television series for Apple Music, based on the segment that has become a global, viral-video sensation on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN. In each of the 16 episodes of the series, celebrities will ride and sing along as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity, sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don't expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.
"Ben and Fulwell's creativity and willingness to take risks have made them one of the UK's most versatile, award-winning producers," said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. "Now, with Ben working his magic in the U.S., he has redefined the late night arena with THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, turning it into a multiple Emmy-nominated late night talk show in just its first season. The new CARPOOL KARAOKE weekly series is a great start to our partnership with Fulwell 73 and we look forward to more unique and innovative programming across different platforms."
"I am so delighted that we are partnering with CBS Television Studios," Ben Winston stated. "David Stapf and his team have been the greatest partners on THE LATE LATE SHOW, and I am so excited about what else we can do together going forward."
"It's always been a dream of ours to expand into the U.S., and after the success of THE LATE LATE SHOW, the opportunity to do so in partnership with CBS Television Studios is one that we can't wait to start," said Leo Pearlman, partner at Fulwell 73. "Less than 10 years since forming the company, we now have a chance to create content with America's most-watched network and we couldn't be more excited."
Winston and Fulwell 73 are well-known in their native UK as successful, multi-faceted producers, directors and writers. Their award-winning credits span television, movies, music videos and commercials, and push the boundaries of what an independent production company is expected to produce, continually defying easy categorization. Their projects include the forthcoming Usain Bolt film, "I Am Bolt," a cinematic sports documentary to be released globally by Universal, "Class of 92" starring David Beckham, also with Universal, BBC One's "Mo Farah: Race of His Life" and the record-breaking "Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty's Service." In February of this year, they collected the prestigious Best Music Video Brit Award for a record-breaking third consecutive year for their work with One Direction. Winston also served as executive producer on the hit UK version of "The X Factor." In addition, he has produced and directed record-breaking documentaries and movies for the world's #1 bestselling musical act One Direction, and won an MTV Video Music Award for directing the music video for "Best Song Ever," which also featured Corden.
About Fulwell 73:
Fulwell 73 is an independent, London based production company specializing in a broad range of film and TV productions. Set up in 2005 by brothers Gabe and Ben Turner with their cousins and life-long friends Leo Pearlman and Ben Winston, Fulwell has always strived to make top-quality productions and build a reputation as versatile Filmmakers and Producers.
Fulwell 73 first came to the public's attention in September 2007 with the release of their debut feature "In The Hands Of The Gods" (Lionsgate). The film received great critical acclaim, opened on more screens than any other UK made documentary and appeared in cinemas around the world.
Since then Fulwell has produced many films and television programs across different genres. From comedies to film thrillers; from 3D music movies, music videos to moving hard-hitting documentaries, Fulwell 73's exciting and dynamic approach has produced some memorable film and television moments with some of the world's leading talent.
Their most recent theatrical film releases include; the most successful sports documentary of all time "The Class of 92" (Universal Pictures), $70m box office grossing music documentary "One Direction 3D: This is Us" (Sony/Columbia) and the bestselling independent film of Q4 2014 "Guvnors" (Metrodome).
Fulwell 73 is currently producing and directing the eagerly anticipated "I Am Bolt," a cinematic sports documentary which is to be released globally by Universal. The film gives unparalleled access to Usain Bolt as he trains for the Rio Olympics, following him to his self-prophesied retirement later this year.
Last year, Fulwell 73 partner Ben Winston moved to Los Angeles to launch "The Late Late Show with James Corden" for CBS, where he is the Executive Producer. In its first year, the show has had over one and a half billion YouTube views, and has quickly become a staple for the American audience. The hugely popular show also boasts the highest viewed clip in the history of late night television with Carpool Karaoke with Adele. The show itself received 4 Emmy nominations this year, more than any other daily late night show. He also produced the Tony Awards for CBS in New York in June and is currently a creative consultant to Apple Music. Hollywood Reporter recently named him in their "35 under 35," a list of the ones to watch in Hollywood under 35.
About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry's leading suppliers of primetime and late-night programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable. The Studio's roster of primetime programs includes the phenomenally successful "NCIS" franchise; the critically acclaimed series "Madam Secretary," "Jane The Virgin," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Reign"; the hit dramas "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Scorpion"; the summer event series "Zoo"; and the new dramas "BrainDead" and "American Gothic." The Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show "The Talk" and the late-night talk shows "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "The Late Late Show with James Corden" make up the Studio's daytime and late-night roster. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces the highly anticipated new "Star Trek" series, as well as the upcoming spinoff of broadcast television's most acclaimed drama, "The Good Wife." The Studio's new series for the 2016-2017 season are "Bull," "Doubt," "The Great Indoors," "Kevin Can Wait," "MacGyver," "Man With a Plan" and "Pure Genius" for the CBS Television Network; "No Tomorrow" for The CW; and "Incorporated" for Syfy.