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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom

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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom
Identity is a prevalent theme in Russell Peters’ stand-up, and it also serves as the launch pad for the laughs in “The Indian Detective,” his new four-episode series now streaming on Netflix.

“Identity comedy is universal. I may be talking about my Indian parents, but I know that my ‘Indian’ parents are the same as everyone’s parents in some way — Greek, Italian, Arab, Chinese,” Peters said. “That’s what my audience is responding to. I’m also exploring race and culture, and a lot of people aren’t comfortable with that.”

In “The Indian Detective,” Peters stars as Toronto Police constable Doug D’Mello, a man desperate to prove his salt and be promoted to detective, but instead winds up suspended following a bust gone wrong. Through a guilty ploy by his father (Anupam Kher), he heads to Mumbai during his repose where a pretty girl (Mishqah Parthiephal) leads
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'Vikings' showrunner launches TV outfit and strikes MGM first-look deal

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'Vikings' showrunner launches TV outfit and strikes MGM first-look deal
Michael Hurst creates Green Pavilion Entertainment.

Vikings showrunner and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has launched a TV drama indie, securing a multi-year deal with MGM Television for its premium projects.

Source: BBC Two

Vikings

The Bafta-nominated writer has teamed with long-time producing partners Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn to launch Green Pavilion Entertainment. It will develop and produce high-end dramas for international and domestic markets.

The indie has struck an exclusive first-look deal with MGM to develop and produce dramas across a variety of genres. The trio of execs previously collaborated with MGM Television on History’s long-running scripted drama Vikings.

Green Pavilion’s first project under the MGM deal is Ronin, a series inspired by United Artists’ 1998 spy thriller. In the movie, which starred Robert De Niro, a team of special operatives are hired to steal a mysterious briefcase.

The fledgling outfit has also hired Sharon Remmer as creative director.

Formerly a drama head
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'Vikings' showrunner launches TV outfit and strikes MGM first-look deal

Michael Hurst creates Green Pavilion Entertainment.

Vikings showrunner and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has launched a TV drama indie, securing a multi-year deal with MGM Television for its premium projects.

Source: BBC Two

Vikings

The Bafta-nominated writer has teamed with long-time producing partners Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn to launch Green Pavilion Entertainment. It will develop and produce high-end dramas for international and domestic markets.

The indie has struck an exclusive first-look deal with MGM to develop and produce dramas across a variety of genres. The trio of execs previously collaborated with MGM Television on History’s long-running scripted drama Vikings.

Green Pavilion’s first project under the MGM deal is Ronin, a series inspired by United Artists’ 1998 spy thriller. In the movie, which starred Robert De Niro, a team of special operatives are hired to steal a mysterious briefcase.

The fledgling outfit has also hired Sharon Remmer as creative director.
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The Indian Detective

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: December 19, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Russell Peters, Mishqah Parthiephal, Christina Cole, Scott Cavalheiro, Anupam Kher, Hazma Haq, and William Shatner. TV show description: A "fish-out-of-water" tale, The Indian Detective TV show comes from creators Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide. The police procedural dramedy centers on Doug D'Mello (Peters), a Toronto police officer who, while visiting his father Stanley (Kher) in Mumbai, gets caught up in a murder investigation. Although he's a genial guy, Constable Doug D'Mello is nothing if not determined, and he usually manages to find a way to rebound from setbacks. Doug dearly wants to become
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‘The Indian Detective’ Trailer: First Look & Premiere Date For Netflix’s Canadian Series Starring Russell Peters

We’re getting an exclusive first look at The Indian Detective, a four-part comedy series developed by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Transporter: The Series) for comedian Russell Peters in his first toplining role. Following its initial run on Bell Media’s CraveTV and CTV, it’s set to premiere on Netflix on December 19. Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, plays Doug D'Mello, a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents' Indian…
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Exclusive Interview: The Man in the High Castle’s Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell and Jason O’Mara talk about humanizing the enemy

Justin Cook caught up with The Man in the High Castle cast members Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell and Jason O’Mara and executive producer Dan Percival at New York Comic Con. First and second season spoilers lie ahead…

When it comes to dystopian fiction, perhaps none is as scary, or as consistently timely as Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, which imagines a world in which the Axis powers won World War II and the United States has been divided by the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Empire. Amazon Video’s adaptation of the work is gearing up for its third season and the cast/executive producers of the show were present for the “World of Philip K. Dick” New York Comic Con panel, where a chilling sneak peek from the forthcoming season was unveiled.

Returning series stars Alexa Davalos and Rufus Sewell, cast newcomer
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Ransom; Season Two: CBS Renews Low-Rated Hostage Drama Series

Fans are no longer being held hostage to fears that this show is cancelled. Finally, CBS has renewed its low-rated Ransom TV show for a second season. On May 17, 2017, it looked like Ransom would be cancelled. By May 19th, however, we reported there was still a chance this international co-production would be renewed for season two. A CBS crime drama from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom follows experienced crisis and hostage negotiator, Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts). The cast also includes Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen Contractor, and Sarah Greene. The Ransom season two premiere date has not yet been announced. Read More…
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‘Ransom’ Renewed For Second Season On CBS

‘Ransom’ Renewed For Second Season On CBS
CBS has demanded more Ransom. The network today handed a 13-episode Season 2 renewal to the drama series created David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz. While CBS paid up for Ransom‘s return, it wasn’t an exorbitant sum: The Canada-Hungary production was a low-cost acquisition. No word yet on a premiere date, but the series midseason debuted on New Year’s Day and moved to its regular Saturday slot on January 7. Luke Roberts stars in Ransom as crisis and hostage negotiator Eric…
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'Ransom' Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

In a surprise twist, CBS is bringing Ransom back for a second season.

The international co-production starring Luke Roberts and produced by Frank Spotnitz was slotted on Saturdays starting in January in the network's attempt to revitalize the typically low-watched night. Its freshman season averaged 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.4 among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The series will return for another round of 13 episodes. A premiere date has not yet been determined.

Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top...
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Mipcom: Beta Film Boards Second Season of 'Medici: Masters of Florence'

German production heavyweight Beta Film has signed up to co-produce the second season of European period drama Medici: Masters of Florence, taking over from French outfit Wild Bunch.

The series, which airs on Netflix in the U.S., is a production of Italy's Lux Vide in cooperation with Rai Fiction and Big Light Productions, the European outfit run by The Man in the High Castle creator Frank Spotnitz. Dutch telecommunications company Altice Group has also signed on to produce the show's second season, which will be titled: Medici: Masters of Florence. The Magnificent.

Set in 15th century Florence, the series follows...
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Watch a sneak peek clip from season 3 of The Man in the High Castle

Amazon has debuted a sneak peek clip at the New York Comic Con for the upcoming third season of its alternate history series The Man in the High Castle which sees Rufus Sewell’s John Smith learning more about time travelers; take a look below…

Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.

The Man in the High Castle is set to premiere in 2018.
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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices
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,
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The X-Files Season 11 Writers Revealed: Who's Back? Who's Missing?

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

The quartet
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Leading producers issue British TV warning

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Leading producers issue British TV warning
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
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'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' win at MIPDrama Screenings

'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' win at MIPDrama Screenings
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 (Cannabis, Spiral), director
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'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' clinch top jury prizes at MIPDrama Screenings

'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' clinch top jury prizes at MIPDrama Screenings
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 (Cannabis, Spiral), director
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Miptv: Brazil's 'Jailers' Takes Top Honors in Drama Screenings

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

Frank Spotnitz's 'Medici: Masters of Florence' heads east
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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Miptv: Frank Spotnitz Named to Drama Jury, Disney and Lionsgate Join New Pre-l.A. Screenings Event

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

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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