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Filming has begun on the Knightfall TV show for History, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Check out set photos and videos, below. The Adventure Dubrovnik touring company announced on its Facebook page that it has temporarily relocated its sea kayaking start point to accommodate filming of the upcoming Knights Templar drama. Per History, Knightfall will also film in Czech Republic.The Knightfall TV series cast includes: Tom Cullen, Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett, Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Padraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, and Olivia Ross. Jeremy Renner will reportedly guest star in the historical series, which hails from Renner’s and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio. .Read More… »
History has announced casting for the new Knightfall TV show. The series comes from A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner’s and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio. Season one of this Knights Templar drama consists of 10 one-hour episodes.
Joining the Knightfall TV series cast are Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett, Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Padraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, and Olivia Ross. Tom Cullen was previously announced. Renner is expected to guest star.
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For years, it seemed the History Channel was lost in the weeds. Despite changing their name to History, their shows were more “mindless reality TV binge watch” and less “did I just accidentally learn something?” An intellectual wasteland, Ancient Aliens was the closest you could find to an edutainment series on the channel from 2010 to 2013. Then along came Vikings, and everything changed. Vikings premiered to 6 million viewers — and while not 100% historically accurate, it was head and shoulders above History’S other offerings at the time. The success opened the door to programming like the limited-series Barbarians Rising and the recent remake of Roots. But until now, Vikings has been the lone History historical series, adrift in a sea of Mountain Men and Swamp People. This solitude ends when Knightfall joins the line-up. A new series from Jeremy Renner’s (yes, Hawkeye) and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall will follow the Vikings model of blending history and drama, only this time during the fall of the Knights Templar. One of the most mysterious and powerful orders of the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar were a military group entrusted with the keeping of the Holy Grail and — according to legend — knew secrets about the Church that could bring it to its knees. But they were also an order of men, with all the messy politicking and “mean-girling” that entails. Knightfall promises to go deep into the inner circle of the Knights Templar’s clandestine world. Not just the battles in the Holy Land, but the battles on the home front. Not everyone loved the Templars, leading to clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII. The latter of which would end in the disbanding the order on Friday the 13th, which is why the date is considered unlucky even now. Oh, look! The show hasn’t even started, and you’re already learning something. Production for Knightfall begins this summer in Croatia and the Czech Republic. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) was previously announced to star as Landry, a former warrior and current leader of the Knights Templar. But now the cast is fully in place and ready to return to the 12th century. From the press release: [Starring] Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, The Colony) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, as a child she was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templar Knights, but now in her early 20s, she lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Tudors) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Spartacus, Dominion ) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross (War and Peace, Blowing Louder than the Wind , Father of My Children) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist. We’re entering a new era. One in which History retakes the torch. It was up to Comedy Central, of all places, to keep the learning fires alive with Drunk History and Another Period. But now the original is back, and hopefully better than ever. »
- Donna Dickens
The Paley Center will debut a virtual reality exhibit for Discovery’s “Shark Week,” History Channel has announced the cast for their new drama series “Knightfall,” and executives are on the move at CBS, 20th Century Fox and others.
The Paley Center for Media will present a free virtual reality exhibit in conjunction with Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Paley Center’s Los Angeles location, and will run through Sunday, July 3, 2016. The special Vr exhibit, equipped with Samsung headsets, will give shark fans a jaw-dropping experience that features multiple virtual reality experiences for visitors to explore and immerse themselves in the popular summer television event. The exhibit hours are Wednesdays to Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Shark Week is committed to spotlighting the importance of shark conservation and creating thrilling content using the most innovative and cutting edge technology,” said Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. “This is ‘Shark Week’s’ 28th anniversary, but our first year providing a virtual reality ‘Shark Week’ experience. It is the perfect opportunity to join forces with The Paley Center for Media to showcase the technology and transport our fans into all the shark action.”
History Channel has announced additional casting for new scripted drama series “Knightfall,” which chronicles the Knights Templar and the quest for The Holy Grail. Joining previously cast lead Tom Cullen are Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Padraic Delaney, Simon Merrells and Olivia Ross. Dominic Minghella will serve as executive producer and showrunner. The 10-episode series is also executive produced by Jeremy Renner, who is expected to guest star.
Up has greenlit its second scripted series, “Date My Dad.” This is the first show produced under the network’s new brand and program direction. “Date My Dad” is the story of a single dad raising his three daughters who make it their mission to get him back into the dating scene. The 10-episode series is set to premiere late Spring 2017 on Up.
CBS has appointed Susan Lundgren as their Senior Vice President of Communications for CBS Interactive. She will report directly to Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and CEO of CBS Interactive, and Gil Schwartz, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of CBS Corporation. Lundgren was previously Vice President of Communications for CBS Interactive. She will now oversee oversee all external and internal communications and public relations efforts for CBS Interactive and its portfolio of digital brands, including CBS.com, CBSNews.com, CBSSports.com, CNET, GameSpot, and TVGuide.com.
PromaxBDA, the TV marketing and promotion trade association, has named eight new board members: Freeform’s Nigel Cox-Hagan; Refinery29’s Amy Emmerich, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Dana Feldman, FX Networks’ Stephanie Gibbons, Facebook’s Sibyl Goldman, HBO’s Lucinda Martinez, TruTV’s Puja Zohra and Comcast’s John Young. PromaxBDA is hosting its annual conference this week in New York City.
Veteran marketing exec Amanda Hellman has joined Kovert Creative in its New York office, focusing on expanding the Wme-img-based company’s digital services. Kovert was formed last year by Pmk-bnc alums Lewis Kay and Joseph Assad.
Endemol Shine North America has added three execs to its Los Angeles-based legal and business affairs team. Michael Gifford, previously with Viacom, signs on as senior VP of business and legal affairs. Ed Prince and Marjorie Williams have been named VPs of business and legal affairs.
Mark Kern has returned to Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media as senior VP of corporate communications and media relations. Kern previously headed communications for the company in 2009 and 2010. He’s also held posts at Fox and Discovery Communications.
20th Century Fox has added business affairs executive Joshua Sussman to their roster. Sussman will act as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs.
- Maria Cavassuto
The Jeremy Renner-produced History series “Knightfall” announced its full main cast on Tuesday. Joining the cast are: Bobby Schofield as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter; Julian Ovenden as De Nogaret, King Philip’s lawyer and right-hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Adelina, who lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells as Tancrede, »
- Joe Otterson
A new Indiegogo campaign has been launched for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary. Also in this round-up: a Judas Ghost DVD giveaway, Like Me production details, the trailer for Everlasting, the short film Hidden, and a look at The Final Project.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Press Release: "Chicago, Il - January 20, 2016 - Hot off the heels of news that Guillermo Del Toro is producing a film based on the nostalgic children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a documentary about the books is in the works. It has been in production for two years, is armed with an official trailer, and is now trying to finish in 2016.
The upcoming documentary is backed by the family of the late author, the trailer featuring both his wife and grandson. The doc will explore subjects such as the banning of children’s books in America, »
- Tamika Jones
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