6 items from 2016
Backed by Canal Plus and Swedish broadcaster Svt and written by “The Bridge” co-screenwriters Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, “Midnight Sun” is joined by “Below the Surface,” from Denmark’s Sam Productions, run by the creators of “Borgen” and “The Killing” and the producer of “A Royal Affair.” The two series establish Studiocanal as a preeminent representative of Nordic noir and Scandinavian TV talent at Mipcom.
Also on Studiocanal’s slate: the procedural “Paranoid,” from Nicola Shindler’s Manchester-based Red Production Company, producer of Harlan Coben’s “The Five,” which launched last week on ITV1 to above-average ratings; and “Crazyhead,” from “Misfits” creator Howard Overman, described as a “Buffy”-style demon slayer horror comedy, from London’s Urban Myth Films.
- John Hopewell
Netflix has renewed with ITV, “The Bridge” creator Hans Rosenfeldt and star Anna Friel for a second season of crime drama series “Marcella.” The deal gives the U.S. streaming giant another strand to its business in Britain, one of its key international markets.
The new season of eight hourlong episodes will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 after they are first broadcast on ITV, Britain’s leading commercial broadcaster. British-based Buccaneer Media will once again produce.
Announcement of the “Marcella” deal came out of a Rosenfeldt Crime Noir Masterclass, which the Swedish showrunner-writer delivered Friday morning, accompanied by Friel and Buccaneer Media CEO Tony Wood, at the Edinburgh Intl. TV Festival.
A renewal was always on the cards. At April’s Mip TV gathering, Netflix announced it had acquired exclusive worldwide streaming rights to the first season of “Marcella” in an early global acquisition deal rather than original production order.
- John Hopewell
In what appears to be a further step in expanding its creation of original content, Netflix is to partner with UK’s ITV to co-produce a new eight-part thriller titled Paranoid. The show will be broadcast on UK television before arriving on the streaming platform later in 2016. The television event is being written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise To Candleford), and features a seemingly small but tragic incident that leads to international drama.
Paranoid will begin with a young woman doctor being brutally stabbed to death by a masked man while she plays with her three year old son in a busy community play park. The attack occurs in full view of multiple witnesses, and a group of detectives are tasked with investigating the incident, in order to figure out what happened and why. The information from one witness points to a much greater threat than anyone was expecting, however, »
- Sarah Myles
Exclusive: Netflix has joined upcoming ITV drama Paranoid as co-producer. From Red Production Company, the eight-part thriller will air on ITV in the UK and roll out worldwide on the streaming service later this year. The conspiracy mystery centers around the murder of a female doctor in a rural children's playground in front of an abundance of eyewitnesses. The Paradise and Lark Rise To Candleford‘s Bill Gallagher is writer and will executive produce with Red founder… »
Carnival Films, the NBC-Universal owned creator of ratings juggernaut Downton Abbey, is producing Jamestown, an eight part drama about the first British settlers embarking on their lives in America. The show was been commisioned by pan-Euro pay TV giant Sky. Bill Gallagher (The Paradise) has written the show. Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennon-Kelly, Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Welsh are in the cast. The story begins in 1619, with the settlers seeking to… »
London — “Downton Abbey” creator Carnival Films is to produce eight-part drama series “Jamestown,” which charts the early days of the first British settlers as they embark on their new lives in America.
Leading the cast of male settlers are Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennox-Kelly, Shaun Dooley, Stuart Martin, Steven Waddington, Matt Stokoe and Burn Gorman. The female settlers are played by Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh.
Set in 1619, “Jamestown” follows the settlers as they establish a community in the New World. Amongst those landing onshore are a group of women destined to be married to the men of Jamestown, including three spirited women from England: Jocelyn (Battrick), Alice (Rundle) and Verity (Walsh).
Leaving their old lives behind, »
- Leo Barraclough
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