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ITV takes stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward's Monumental

30 April 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

Owen and Hayward established the company in September and are in “advance development on several scripted series”.

The former is the founder of Ruby Film and Television, which launched in 1998 and produced dramas including Case Histories, Dancing on the Edge and Emmy award-winning Temple Grandin.

It also produced Oscar-nominated movie, Saving Mr Banks, and Jane Eyre.

Hayward most recently produced the Golden Globe-winning film Les Miserables and was head of films at Working Title, where she oversaw Bridget Jones’ Diary, Atonement and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

As part of the deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will exclusively distribute all of Monumental’s television productions.

The relationship will be managed by ITV Global Entertainment executive vice-president of content and co-productions, Ruth Clarke.

It is ITV’s latest production sector deal, following investments »

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ITV Studios Global Takes Stake In Alison Owen & Debra Hayward’s Monumental TV

30 April 2015 2:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Building on the corporation’s aggressive acquisitions spree, ITV unit ITV Studios Global Entertainment has taken a minority stake in Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Television. The indie was founded by the Oscar nominated producers as Monumental Pictures last September. The new agreement will see Itvsge exclusively distribute all television productions from the company. Owen is the founder of Ruby Film and Television whose credits include features Saving Mr Ban… »

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ITV Takes Stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward’s Monumental

30 April 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of U.K. TV network ITV, has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie recently founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

The agreement will see Itvs Ge exclusively distribute all television productions from Monumental, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.

Owen is the founder of production company Ruby Film and Television, which she set up in 1998. Along with producing feature films, including the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Jane Eyre,” Ruby was behind high-end television dramas “Case Histories,” “Dancing on the Edge” and “Temple Grandin,” which won an Emmy.

Hayward most recently produced the Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” She was formerly head of films at Working Title, where she had creative responsibility for the company’s feature film slate, including the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” franchise, “Atonement” and the multi-Oscar nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Stars of ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Whiplash’ Vie for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award

7 January 2015 2:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell and “Whiplash” lead Miles Teller are among the nominees for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award, which were announced Wednesday.

The award, which is sponsored by Ee, recognizes actors or actresses who “have demonstrated exceptional talent, and are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema.” The other nominees are Shailene Woodley, Margot Robbie and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

O’Connell first came to public attention in the U.K. TV series “Skins,” which he starred in from 2009. In 2013, he took the lead in British indie film “Starred Up,” playing Eric, a violent reprobate prematurely transferred to an adult prison. The role earned him a best actor nomination at last year’s British Independent Film Awards.

He also received critical acclaim for his punchy portrayal of Private Gary Hook in “’71,” for which he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award last year. The thriller, »

- Leo Barraclough

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