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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 »

- Elsa Keslassy

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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 »

- Daniel Holloway

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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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- Elsa Keslassy

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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 »

- Rhonda Richford

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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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BBC Ranked as the World’s Most Prolific Producer of Content in 2016

18 January 2017 8:21 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – The BBC was the world’s leading producer of content in 2016, with more than 340 new programs produced, including “The Night Manager” and “The Hunt,” according to a survey unveiled by Eurodata TV Worldwide.

The BBC was followed by Endemol Shine, which produced, among other shows, “SuperKids” and the British adaptation of the Israeli series “The A Word,” while Zodiak/Banijay and Warner came third. ITV ranked fifth, according to Eurodata.

While the U.K. remained the second biggest (behind the U.S.) distributor of content worldwide last year, France ranked third thanks to popular shows like “Le bureau des legendes” and “Versailles.” Germany ranked fourth with formats such as “The Brain” or “Nation’s Brightest.” Germany is also producing more and more quality fiction drama such as Zdf’s “Rebel with a cause.”

Looking at trends in format sales, Eurodata identified North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Western Europe as hot spots accounting for 42% to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Daniel Pyne Takes Over as ‘Bosch’ Showrunner

17 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ok, try to stay with us here. Daniel Pyne (“Fracture,” “The Manchurian Candidate”) has taken over as “Bosch” showrunner, replacing Eric Overmyer in the role. As previously reported, Overmyer dropped the day-to-day duties on the  Amazon original series to be the showrunner on another, “The Man in the High Castle.” There, he replaced Frank Spotnitz, who left the role mid-production on Season 2. Joining “Bosch” as an executive producer is John Mankiewicz (“House of Cards,” “House”), a regular collaborator of Pyne’s. Overmyer will remain an executive producer on “Bosch.” Got all that? Also Read: CES 2017: Streaming TV Enters the »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Arrival,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Earn USC Scripter Award Nominations

11 January 2017 9:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” and “Moonlight” have been selected as the feature film finalists for the USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The organization also named “Games of Thrones,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Night Manager,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” as nominees for its television award.

The winners will be announced on Feb. 11 during a ceremony at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at USC. The selection committee, chaired by Writers Guild of America West President Howard A. Rodman, selected the finalists from a field of 80 film and 45 television adaptations.

The Scripter was launched in 1988. Last year’s Scripter feature film award went to “The Big Short,” which also won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. “Show Me a Hero” won the first-ever TV award.

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Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Seeks Scribes For ‘Ransom’ Writers’ Room Project

4 January 2017 6:10 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Frank Spotnitz’s UK-based Big Light Productions is launching an immersive Writers’ Room Project which will provide unique access to the X Files alum, and involve shadow work on upcoming series. The first show to fall under the scheme is CBS’ just-debuted suspense drama Ransom, for which scripts will be developed in view to a potential second season. There are currently two spaces for UK writers who have already had some work produced in TV, theater or radio, and are… »

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The Man In The High Castle: Amazon renews for season 3

3 January 2017 11:46 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Jan 4, 2017

It's confirmed - The Man In The High Castle will return to Amazon for its third season.

There's no huge surprise here, as The Man In The High Castle is one of the most talked-about shows on Amazon Prime, but yes, it's been confirmed that a third season of the alt-history Nazi-stuffed drama is on the way.

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Amazon broke the news with a YouTube video, which oddly hasn't been made available in the UK. At the time of writing, all we have to go on is Collider's description of the clip.

Apparently, it shows Rufus Sewell's John Smith and Chelah Horsdal's Helen (who's pregnant in the scene) watching the Nazi atomic bomb land in Washington. »

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The Man in the High Castle: Season Three Renewal & New Showrunner for Amazon Series

3 January 2017 1:47 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Good news. Amazon has renewed The Man in the High Castle TV show for season three and tapped Eric Overmyer as the third season showrunner. Back in May, creator Frank Spotnitz exited the role, while the second season of the dystopian drama was still in production.A TV series adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, The Man in the High Castle stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel De La Fuente, Brennan Brown, Bella Heathcote, Callum Keith Rennie, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Rufus Sewell. Season two premiered on December 16th. Learn more from Amazon, after the jump.Read More… »

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The Man In The High Castle renewed for third season

3 January 2017 10:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Man In The High Castle season 3 happening. After last month’s impressive season 2 debut, Amazon have ordered a new series for 2017.

More on The Man In The High Castle season 3 below.

Amazon Video‘s The Man In The High Castle has been renewed for a third season. The show had its second season debut during December and has apparently already proved to be popular with fans across the streaming network.

This series, loosely based Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, takes a look at what the world might look like had the outcome of World War II turned out differently. In this dystopian scenario, the Axis powers won the war, leading to the United States being divided into three parts, an area controlled by the Japanese, a Nazi-controlled section, and a buffer zone between the two. Despite the oppression, a new hope emerges when films turn »

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Amazon’s ‘Man In The High Castle’ Is Coming Back For Season Three

3 January 2017 9:27 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Amazon continues to construct its library of original programming, and as part of those efforts, it has renewed one of its most dependable building blocks. Man in the High Castle, an alternate-history series set in a universe in which the Axis Powers won World War II, will return for a third season.

Man in the High Castle, based on a Philip K. Dick book of the same, arrived in 2015. It quickly built up a devoted audience and drew for its fully-realized world and well-shaped characters. At the time when it was renewed for a second season, it was revealed to be Amazon’s most-watched original show.

A second season arrived in 2016, and now, just a few weeks after those episodes premiered, more are officially on the way. The most significant change that will affect the series concerns its showrunner. Frank Spotnitz, who was at the helm for seasons one and two, »

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Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle Earns A Third Season

3 January 2017 8:51 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle went from speculative to eerily persistent between seasons 1 and 2, and the streaming site seems to feel the same way. The Philip K. Dick adaptation, which sees the world as if the Nazis won World War II, has been renewed for a third season, just after its second aired in late November. But that’s not the only development. We’ve also learned that Eric Overmeyer, a veteran TV writer/producer behind Law & Order, The Wire, Treme and Amazon’s brother series Bosch, will be stepping up as showrunner for the 2017 season.

Joe Lewis, Amazon’s head of comedy and drama, said the following during his announcement:

As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons. Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives »

- Will Ashton

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Amazon renews The Man in The High Castle for third season, new showrunner announced

3 January 2017 7:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fans of The Man in The High Castle will be pleased by the news that Amazon has ordered a third season of their hit original drama. Furthermore, they have also named Bosch‘s Eric Overmyer as the new showrunner in the wake of previous showrunner Frank Spotnitz’s exit from the show.

Season one of The Man in The High Castle became Amazon Prime’s most streamed show at the time of its premiere. The series is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel which imagines the Axis powers winning World War II, with Germany conquering most of America while Japan controls the country’s West coast.

Frank Spotnitz developed the adaptation, but left amid rumours of tension with Amazon in the middle of the second season’s production. This left the existing production team to carry on without a proper showrunner, but now that Overmyer has been named as »

- Ricky Church

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‘The Man In the High Castle’ Renewed For Season 3 By Amazon, Gets A Showrunner

3 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Amazon has ordered a third season of its original drama series The Man in the High Castle. Eric Overmyer, who developed for television and has executive produced Amazon’s popular drama series Bosch, has come on board as executive producer and showrunner for Season 3. Overmyer fills the void left by the sudden departure of The Man in the High Castle developer/executive producer/showrunner Frank Spotnitz in the middle of production on Season 2 after reported clashes with… »

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