Comedian, presenter and star of Carpool Karaoke James Corden has been appointed as a partner at UK-based production firm Fulwell 73.
Corden will now become the fifth partner at the company, joining founding members Gabe Turner, Ben Turner, Ben Winston and Leo Pearlman with immediate effect.
The relationship between Fulwell 73 and Corden goes back almost 15 years, during which time they have worked together on a raft of projects, including; James Corden's World Cup Live, Comic Relief’s ‘Smithy’ sketches, When James Met Robbie, When Corden Met Barlow, various One Direction projects (including the record breaking This Is Us), Samsung and Cadburys commercials, the recent Apple Music commercial featuring James Corden, Pharrell and Jimmy Iovine and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Pearlman said; “Gabe, Ben, Ben and I formed this company nearly 10 years ago and have all worked incredibly hard to build a business we are proud of, a business that tries to do things a little differently to the rest of the industry. To date we've been fiercely protective of Fulwell and never really considered the interest that has come our way from potential partners and investors. And yet James joining as the fifth partner feels like the most natural and obvious step for all of us. He has been a good friend, key creative influence and talent we have turned to time and time again and the chance to formalise our relationship with him was a chance too good to pass up. We all believe Fulwell to be a far greater company with his involvement and look forward to many years of working with him in the future.”
Corden added: “In many ways I've felt like an unofficial partner for many years, and now that it's official I feel incredibly proud to have joined this incredible company. In Gabe, Ben, Leo and Ben, I feel I'm working with the most vibrant, passionate, talented directors and producers I've ever met. Watching Fulwell 73 have such phenomenal growth over the past decade has been inspiring to watch. I feel lucky and proud to be part of it and I'm excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Gabe Turner also said: “James has shown the world what an incredible on screen talent he is for many years. But he is also, without question, one of the most creative and accomplished producers in the business. We are so delighted to have him as our partner at Fulwell.”
Last year, Fulwell 73 told Music Week that it was aiming to once again make music shows a regular fixture on mainstream TV in the UK.