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Access Ent Takes Bite Of Bad Wolf; Tom Pullen Joins Dragonfly – Global Briefs

27 March 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Access Entertainment has taken a 24.9% stake in Bad Wolf, the production company behind the upcoming BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's epic His Dark Materials. Launched by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner in 2015, in association with Welsh Government, Bad Wolf is based in South Wales and La. Current projects include A Discovery Of Witches, based on the Deborah Harkness novels, and an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles. This investment by Access… »

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Danny Cohen backs Bad Wolf

27 March 2017 5:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tranter and Gardner strike deal with Access Entertainment.

Access Entertainment, the media investment firm run by former BBC boss Danny Cohen, has taken a 24.9% stake in Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s indie Bad Wolf.

Bad Wolf was launched in 2015 and is currently co-producing the BBC1 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in Wales, with New Line Cinema.

Bad Wolf also has Welsh government backing and is based in South Wales and Los Angeles.

The investment is intended to provide “further support to fast-track its already burgeoning scripted productions and grow its business globally”.

In addition to His Dark Materials, Bad Wolf’s slate includes an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches for Sky, and a project based on Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. A broadcaster is yet to be announced for the latter.

Chief executive Tranter said: “This investment is a fantastic endorsement of our vision for Bad Wolf and the Welsh »

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Len Blavatnik Invests in 'The Night Of' Producers Bad Wolf

27 March 2017 4:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Access Entertainment, the entertainment investment arm of billionaire Len Blavatnik's Access Industries, has taken a 24.9 percent stake in British high-end TV production banner Bad Wolf, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Bad Wolf, which was launched in 2015 by BBC veterans Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, is based in South Wales (where they both helped reboot Doctor Who) and Los Angeles, and has a major TV adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials with the BBC and New Line Cinema on its upcoming slate. 

The company also had a production credit on HBO's acclaimed drama The Night Of, thanks largely to »

- Alex Ritman

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Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen’s Access Ent. Backs Bad Wolf (Exclusive)

27 March 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Access Entertainment, led by former director of BBC Television Danny Cohen and owned by billionaire industrialist Len Blavatnik, has taken a 24.9% stake in Bad Wolf, the production company behind the forthcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s epic “His Dark Materials.”

Bad Wolf was launched in 2015 by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, former BBC drama executives responsible for “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons.” The company, which has the support of the Welsh government and is co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles, produces high-end TV and film for the global television market.

“This investment by Access Entertainment provides Bad Wolf with further support to fast-track its already burgeoning scripted productions and grow its business globally,” according to a statement.

In addition to “His Dark Materials,” Bad Wolf is also in the midst of producing “A Discovery of Witches,” based on the bestselling novels by Deborah Harkness, and an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s “Warlord »

- Leo Barraclough

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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

21 February 2017 2:04 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

 A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist »

- Madeline Raynor

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His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman's follow-up to arrive this year

15 February 2017 2:43 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Feb 15, 2017

The first volume of the long-awaited follow-up trilogy to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials will be published this October...

Fans of Philip Pullman's extraordinary His Dark Materials trilogy have waited a long time for this news: The Book Of Dust is finally on its way. The first volume will be published on the 19th of October and is available for pre-order now.

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Set in the same world as the original trilogy, The Book Of Dust will comprise three new novels spanning a period of roughly ten years before Northern Lights, Pullman's first Lyra Belacqua book, until roughly ten years after The Amber Spyglass, the last of the trio.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme (see below), Pullman describes the new volumes »

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20 new TV shows to watch in 2017

5 January 2017 4:20 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Kirsten Howard Mar 16, 2017

These are the new TV shows to look out for this year, from American Gods to Mindhunter...

2017 is in full swing. We've passed the point where every other ad slogan you see is screaming about the possibilities of a new you. A slimmer, happier, more accomplished you, one free of flab and toxins and bad habits. That fraudulent notion of the detox was everywhere, promising a simultaneously cleanse of both your soul and your colon.

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There is still one useful place you can apply the insidious ‘detox’, however: TV viewing.

A combination of end-of-year exhaustion, festivities and time off work can often lead to weakness of resolve when it comes to television. Turkey comas and lunchtime drinking made us susceptible to the sort »

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