Sarah Doole, the respected British drama executive whose credits included The Young Pope, My brilliant friend It is Germany 83, died of cancer. She was 63 years old.
The announcement was made by Anton, the Paddington producer-financier whom Doole joined last year to run his London-based TV operation. Previously, she was CEO of It is sin producer Red Production Company and, before that, Director of Global Drama at Fremantle.
Fremantle Group CEO Jennifer Mullin said: “Those who have had the pleasure of working with Sarah will know that she was a true creative and driving force. His passion and energy knew no bounds. She helped lay the strong foundations of our Global Drama business and was a brilliant leader. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.”
Anton TV head Sangeeta Desai told Broadcast Magazine: “Since her death, tributes have poured in from all over the world and I am overwhelmed by the number of people from the industry who have commented on how she supported them and lifted them up in their careers. This sums up Sarah perfectly – she was a builder – a builder of content, people and companies, and she never sought any recognition or praise in return. She was the best colleague and friend I could have asked for and I will miss her dearly.”
Doole was a popular British theater executive who held some of the UK's biggest production jobs and had a reputation for being easy to work with and kind.
She went to Cambridge University on a scholarship before moving into TV as a program researcher at Yorkshire Television.
From there she rose through the ranks first at BBC Worldwide (now BBC Studios) where she was instrumental in deals with the likes of King's Speech It is Top of the Lake producer See-Saw Films.
She moved to Fremantle as Creative Director of Global Drama in 2013 and was promoted soon after. During her tenure, she worked on major European hits, such as The Young Pope, My Brilliant Friend It is Germany 83 while she cemented a reputation as a talent scout.
Doole left his role at Fremantle in 2020 and launched a talent incubator, Sow the Seed, before moving on to run Studiocanal. It is sin indie Red following the departure of Nicola Shindler. She has hosted shows including Netflix's Harlan Coben adaptation Stay close and ITV No return.
She joined Paddington financier Anton about a year ago and was creating a TV listing with Desai.
Doole is survived by her husband Chris.