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Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)

10 August 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The producers of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.

An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.

Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.

The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the nephew of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which »

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

28 June 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:

Marilyn Osborn (“Shapes”) Sara B. Charno (“Aubrey, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

28 June 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:

Marilyn Osborn (“Shapes”) Sara B. Charno (“Aubrey, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Man in the High Castle’ Producer Ramping Up

28 June 2017 12:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Big Light Productions, the company behind Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” is set to ramp up its slate of dramas, with two seasoned executives joining its ranks.

Frances Flannery (“Spotless”) will work up a slate of original scripted projects for the production company, which was founded by Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”). She has worked at Kudos and Wall to Wall.

Emily Feller comes to Spotlight from Studiocanal’s Red Production Company and will executive produce new original series and the new season of Rai and Netflix series “Medici: Masters of Florence.” Her credits include British shows “Bodies” and “The Driver.”

“With projects already in development in the U.K., the U.S. and Europe, it’s an exciting moment for Emily and Frances to join the team,” said Big Light’s head of drama, Katie McAleese. “They’re both exceptionally writer-focused and have fantastic editorial instincts. I’m thrilled that they’re joining as »

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The X-Files Season 11 Writers Revealed: Who's Back? Who's Missing?

26 June 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The gang’s (almost all) back together.

X-Files creator Chris Carter has finalized the writers room for the series’ forthcoming 10-episode 11th season, and, like last year’s revival (aka Season 10), it’s stacked with franchise vets.

RelatedX-Files: 7 Tweaks That Must Be Made in Season 11 (Paging Vince Gilligan…)

Most notably, Carter will once again reunite with former producers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong, each of whom were responsible for writing and directing one of Season 10’s six episodes. (Darin Morgan’s installment, “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” was widely viewed as the revival’s strongest outing.)

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Sean Bean and ‘24’ Showrunner Join Second Season of ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)

16 June 2017 6:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sean Bean will appear in the second season of epic Italy-set period drama “Medici: Masters of Florence.” U.S. showrunner Jon Cassar of “24: Legacy” and “24: Live Another Day” has also come on board the new season.

Cassar will direct and produce four of the eight episodes of the new “Medici,” whose first season starred Dustin Hoffman and was a runaway hit for Rai 1 in Italy, notably with younger viewers. Frank Spotnitz returns and will executive produce the series. »

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Leading producers issue British TV warning

4 May 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stephen Garrett and Frank Spotnitz say UK industry faces mounting economic pressures.

Frank Spotnitz, creator of The Man In The High Castle, and Stephen Garrett, producer of The Night Manager, have warned that British television faces losing its cultural identity as productions increasingly rely on international financing.

Speaking at the British Screen Advisory Council conference in London on Wednesday, May 3, Spotnitz claimed that “there is a growing commercial pressure on British television”.

Garrett agreed, drawing comparisons between his recent projects, such as the Tom Hiddleston-starring The Night Manager, and his previous work.

Spooks was roughly £800,000 an hour, which is now ridiculous,” said Garrett, “BBC One paid 95% of that budget and the remaining was a distribution advance from BBC Worldwide.”

“Cut to present day where you’re routinely making shows for closer to £2-3m an hour and beyond, you have British broadcasters only putting up a third of the budget. You’re now »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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‘Ride Upon the Storm,’ ‘Babylon Berlin’ Top 2nd MipDrama Screenings

2 April 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Two eagerly-anticipated shows which underscore the ambitions of high-end European TV drama – “Ride Upon the Storm,” from “Borgen” creator Adam Price, and “Babylon Berlin,” co-directed by “Cloud Atlas’” Tom Tykwer – topped Sunday’s 2nd MipDrama Screenings, the jewel in MipTV’s industry crown.

BBC’s “Clique,” Globo’s “Jailers” and “Missions,” airing on pay TV Ocs in France, also scored prizes whose allotment underlined the current market demand, in the words of multiple jurors, for “bold,” “different” shows with distinctive voices.

On these scores, both ““Ride Upon the Storm” and “Babylon Berlin” delivered. Created and lead written by Price, “Ride Upon the Storm,” a contemporary faith-fused family drama sold by Studiocanal, won two of the three plaudits it competed for: Both the TV Critics’ Jury and Buyers’ Coup de Coeur Award for series screened as works in progress.

Sneak-peaked at Cannes via a 15-minute scene assembly and two-and-a-half minute trailer presented by Price and series star »

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'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' win at MIPDrama Screenings

2 April 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Second edition of high-end drama showcase featured 12 upcoming shows.

Brazilian prison drama Jailers and Tom Tykwer’s ambitious detective tale Babylon Berlin, capturing the city in the Golden Twenties, clinched the grand jury awards in the full episode and work-in-progress categories at MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday.

Unfolding on the eve of Miptv, the second edition of the showcase put the spotlight on 12 upcoming drama shows, screening either full episodes or extracts as a work-in-progress.

“There is a lot of commercial pressure to do a certain type of drama series but what really struck me was the diversity and originality of all these shows… every one of them was very unique and defied simple expectations,” jury member Frank Spotnitz, creator of hit series such as The Man In The High Castle and Medici: Masters Of Florence, said.

Also on the jury were The Bridge producer Lars Blomgren, writer Virginie Brac (CannabisSpiral), director »

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'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' clinch top jury prizes at MIPDrama Screenings

2 April 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Second edition of high-end drama showcase featured 12 upcoming shows.

Brazilian prison drama Jailers and Tom Tykwer’s ambitious detective tale Babylon Berlin, capturing the city in the Golden Twenties, clinched the grand jury awards in the full episode and work-in-progress categories at MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday.

Unfolding on the eve of Miptv, the second edition of the showcase put the spotlight on 12 upcoming drama shows, screening either full episodes or extracts as a work-in-progress.

“There is a lot of commercial pressure to do a certain type of drama series but what really struck me was the diversity and originality of all these shows… every one of them was very unique and defied simple expectations,” jury member Frank Spotnitz, creator of hit series such as The Man In The High Castle and Medici: Masters Of Florence, said.

Also on the jury were The Bridge producer Lars Blomgren, writer Virginie Brac (CannabisSpiral), director »

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Miptv: Brazil's 'Jailers' Takes Top Honors in Drama Screenings

2 April 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Brazilian broadcaster Globo's prison drama Jailers on Sunday took the Grand Jury prize at the sophomore edition of Miptv’s MIPDrama Screenings competition. 

The jury, presided over by The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle creator Frank Spotnitz, also awarded Germany's roaring twenties crime drama Babylon Berlin the Work in Progress honor.

Spotnitz was joined on the jury by The Bridge executive producer Lars Blomgren, Homeland executive producer Ran Tellem, Spiral screenwriter Virginie Brac and Versailles and Yves Saint Laurent director Jalil Lespert to award prizes for the best international dramas.

"A lot of companies presently push to do a certain type of show or are told what will sell. What struck me »

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Wild Bunch TV Sells Dustin Hoffman Starrer ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ to Asia, Africa, Middle East

20 March 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wild Bunch TV, the television division of the pan-European mini-major, has scored more deals on Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer’s “Medici: Masters of Florence,” the hit drama series starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden.

The series was just acquired by Enxi Media Beijing in China, Abs-cbn in the Philippines, Gem Entertainment in South Korea, and Iflix for distribution across 80 territories in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Medici: Masters of Florence” was a major success in Italy, where it drew a record 7.6 million viewers for its debut broadcast on Rai 1. The show rolled out in France, French Speaking Belgium on Altice Group’s Sfr, as well as in Spain, Germany, the Us, Canada, UK, Australia.

Previous sales for first-window rights were inked with Yle (Finland), MTV Networks (Russia), Dexins (Balkans), Tanweer Alliances (Greece), Benelux Film Investment (Netherlands) and Fabula Medya (Turkey).

Medici: Masters of Florence” was also bought by Sky (Germany), Sbs (Australia), eOne (Australia »

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Frank Spotnitz's 'Medici: Masters of Florence' heads east

20 March 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paris-based Wild Bunch TV announces fresh deals to China and South Korea as well as major Svod sale to Asia and Mena.

Frank Spotnitz’s high-end Italian Renaissance drama Medici: The Masters of Florence is heading to Asia following a round of high-profile deals to the region.

Paris-based Wild Bunch TV has announced fresh sales to China (BlueMedia Times), the Philippines (Abs-cbn) as well as to South Korea, where it has been acquired by Green Narea Media.

The series has also been sold to burgeoning Malaysia-based Svod player Iflix for 80 territories across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Other new deals include to Finland (Yle), Russia (MTV Networks), the Balkins (Dexins), Greece (Tanweer Alliances), Netherlands (Benelux Film Investment) and Turkey (Fabula Medya) for first window rights.

The series broke rating records in Italy when it aired on state broadcaster Raiuno last October, with early episodes drawing more than seven million spectators, or 30% of »

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CBS Moves ‘Training Day’ to Saturday Night

10 March 2017 5:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is moving “Training Day” to Saturday nights at 9 p.m. beginning April 8. The scheduling change follows the Feb. 25 death of series star Bill Paxton, who passed away at age 61 from complications following heart surgery.

The new season of “The Amazing Race” will take over for “Training Day” in the 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot, premiering March 30. The reality competition series had been scheduled to return Friday April 21, but will move to an earlier Thursday premiere to accommodate the “Training Day” shift.

In its new time period, “Training Day” will, for two weeks, follow “Ransom,” an international co-production from executive producer Frank Spotnitz. CBS had been airing reruns in the 9 p.m. hour on Saturdays. The final seven episodes of “Training Day” season one will air in consecutive weeks.

Training Day” has averaged a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.2 million total viewers so far this season, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. Production »

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MipTV Unveils Lineup of Drama Screenings, Keynotes

9 March 2017 8:19 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– U.K. shows will dominate the second edition of Mipdrama screenings, a competitive section of 12 international series set to premiere during MipTV in Cannes.

The lineup of MipTV was unveiled today by Laurine Garaude, head of TV for Reed Midem, at a press conference in Paris.

Three of the seven completed shows set to unspool at Mipdrama Screenings are British ones: the BBC Three’s “Clique,” Channel 4’s “Gap Year” and ITV’s “Fearless.”

“Clique” is a psychological drama set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s high class society and college life. Jude McDermid stars in the series which is repped by all3media International.

Gap Year,” another series skewing young adults, is a comedy turning on a group of backpackers who cross paths in Asia. “Gap Year,” created by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson who previously teamed on the BAFTA-nominated show “The Enfield Haunting,” is sold by Entertainment One.

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Miptv: Frank Spotnitz Named to Drama Jury, Disney and Lionsgate Join New Pre-l.A. Screenings Event

9 March 2017 4:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Frank Spotnitz has been named to the jury of the Miptv Drama Screenings as the competition enters its sophomore year.

The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle executive producer will sit alongside The Bridge executive producer Lars Blomgren, Homeland executive producer Ran Tellem, Spiral screenwriter Virginie Brac and Versailles and Yves Saint Laurent director Jalil Lespert to award prizes for the best international dramas.

This year, the Drama Screenings competition will be split into two categories, with "Works in Progress" and "Full Episodes" competing separately.

Clique, Fearless and Gap Year will be competing from the U.K. against Brazil’s Jailers, France’s »

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Top U.S. Media Execs Turn to Israel TV Conference for Guidance in Chaotic Times

8 March 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Before President Trump used Twitter to label journalists enemies of the American people, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was picking fights with journalists on Facebook, his preferred social platform. Netanyahu has accused the owners of the left-wing daily Haaretz of having ties to the Nazis. And he has pursued an anti-tv-news vendetta so fierce it nearly shuttered one of the nation’s two news channels after it aired a series of investigative reports that were critical of the prime minister and his inner circle.

Such developments have drawn the attention of international media figures. This week, as Keshet Media Group — Israel’s undisputed television heavyweight — launched its fourth installment of Intv, its quasi-annual Jerusalem confab on innovation in television, it has among its participants for the first time CNN president Jeff Zucker, Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden, and NBC president Jennifer Salke.

“When you look at the gestalt, it’s about how you maintain your sense »

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Israel’s Intv Conference Dissects Social Media, Trump, News Bias and Global TV Currents

7 March 2017 3:08 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerusalem — Two major disrupters — the presence of social media, and the protests of a social media-obsessed president — were the topics of discussion at this year’s Intv, a Jerusalem confab sponsored by Israeli media giant Keshet and devoted to discussing all that is new and innovative in the world of television.

The conference, which wrapped Tuesday evening, marked Intv’s fourth installment and its most impressive roster of guests to date: CNN president Jeff Zucker, actor Hugh Laurie and China investment mogul Li Ruigang were just a handful of the panelists and speakers who took the stage at Jerusalem’s historic Ymca building over the course of a jam-packed 48 hours.

The conference opened Monday morning with a friendly back and forth between Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden and Keshet CEO Avi Nir, in which the two discussed the creative process behind hit Fox programs like “Glee” and “Empire,” and Walden told the audience that if she »

- Debra Kamin

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Katie McAleese Joins Big Light; Gfm Selling ‘Duck Duck Goose’ – Global Briefs

31 January 2017 9:06 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Katie McAleese has joined Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions as Creative Director. Previously an executive producer at BBC Wales Drama and Creative Director for BBC Drama Production, McAleese will develop and produce original British dramas, taking an active role in Big Light’s future co-productions and pursuing opportunities for UK writers in the global marketplace. London- and Paris-based Big Light is growing its drama output. Credits include The Man In The High Cast… »

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Katie McAleese Joins Big Light; Gfm Selling ‘Duck Duck Goose’ – Global Briefs

31 January 2017 9:06 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Katie McAleese has joined Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions as Creative Director. Previously an executive producer at BBC Wales Drama and Creative Director for BBC Drama Production, McAleese will develop and produce original British dramas, taking an active role in Big Light’s future co-productions and pursuing opportunities for UK writers in the global marketplace. London- and Paris-based Big Light is growing its drama output. Credits include The Man In The High Cast… »

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