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BBC Worldwide strikes £150m super-drama deal

13 April 2017 6:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Corporation aiming to produce more “ambitious” projects like McMafia.

BBC Worldwide has secured a £150m fund for high-end dramas after striking a deal with film financier Anton (writes Broadcast).

The commercial arm of the BBC has launched The Drama Investment Partnership with the European firm, which has financed feature films including Paddington and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The investment will be used to fund a raft of premium scripted series over a three-year period and is more akin to slate financing arrangement, which is commonplace in the film sector.

Both companies will invest in the dramas as Bbcw looks to find shows that can sell around the world, in the mould of Top of the Lake, The Honourable Woman and forthcoming series McMafia (pictured).

The two firms hope that the fund will help increase the pace and flow of “ambitious” projects from  British production companies, giving indies access to capital as soon as they receive a commission »

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The Crown leads BAFTA nominations for the 2017 British Academy Television Awards

11 April 2017 1:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2017 British Academy Film Awards, with Netflix’s original drama The Crown leading the pack with five nods in total for Best Drama Series, Leading Actress (Claire Foy), Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby) and Supporting Actor (Jared Harris and John Lithgow). There are also multiple nominations for Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Fleabag, Happy Valley and Murdered By My Father. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

Leading actress

Claire FoyThe Crown (Netflix)

Jodie ComerThirteen (BBC3)

Nikki Amuka-BirdNw (BBC1)

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Daniel MaysLine of Duty (BBC2)

Jared HarrisThe Crown (Netflix)

John LithgowThe Crown (Netflix)

Tom HollanderThe Night Manager »

- Gary Collinson

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Margaret Atwood on How She’s Able to See the Future, and Why Her Stories Keep Coming to TV

9 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the recent demand for long-form storytelling and new content, some of our most established writers have found themselves back in the spotlight, as award-winning Canadian author and national treasure Margaret Atwood knows all too well — to the point where she was recently called to expand upon one of her most famous works.

“We just did a special edition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for Audible. [The original book] concludes with the professor at the end section called Historical Notes, giving a paper. He ends his paper by saying, ‘Are there any questions?'” Atwood explained to IndieWire. “So what we imagined was a question and answer section in which an actor plays the professor and different actors play the people asking the questions. And I play one of the people asking one of the questions. But the answers to the questions were written by me.”

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- Amber Dowling

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Margaret Atwood on How She’s Able to See the Future, and Why Her Stories Keep Coming to TV

9 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With the recent demand for long-form storytelling and new content, some of our most established writers have found themselves back in the spotlight, as award-winning Canadian author and national treasure Margaret Atwood knows all too well — to the point where she was recently called to expand upon one of her most famous works.

“We just did a special edition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for Audible. [The original book] concludes with the professor at the end section called Historical Notes, giving a paper. He ends his paper by saying, ‘Are there any questions?'” Atwood explained to IndieWire. “So what we imagined was a question and answer section in which an actor plays the professor and different actors play the people asking the questions. And I play one of the people asking one of the questions. But the answers to the questions were written by me.”

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: »

- Amber Dowling

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‘Planet Earth II,’ ‘The Crown’ Rule Over BAFTA TV Craft Nominations

28 March 2017 5:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC wildlife show “Planet Earth II” ruled the factual roost after nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Television Craft Awards were revealed Tuesday, while Netflix’s royal saga “The Crown” courted the most nominations among drama series.

Planet Earth II” nabbed nine nominations, including for editing, original music for a team that included Hans Zimmer, and a clean sweep, four nominations, for photography on various episodes.

The Crown,” produced by Left Bank Pictures, took seven nominations, including those for writer Peter Morgan, director Stephen Daldry and cinematographer Adriano Goldman.

Other drama series with multiple nominations included thriller “The Night Manager,” adapted from John Le Carre’s novel, with six; the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” with five; and sex-scandal drama “National Treasure” and science-fiction series “Black Mirror,” with four each. “The Durrells,” based on author Gerald Durrell’s Corfu trilogy, and “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” received three nominations apiece.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Robbie Coltrane Drama ‘National Treasure’ Sells to Multiple Territories

20 March 2017 5:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Four-part drama “National Treasure,” starring Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough, has been picked up by a host of broadcasters and platforms, distributor All3Media Intl. said Monday.

The show follows Paul Finchley (Coltrane), an aging, beloved comedian, after he is arrested following an allegation of rape dating back to the ’90s. It focuses on both “the investigation, from arrest through to verdict, and the effect the case has on his family, going behind the headlines to look at the human and emotional impact when a whole life is called into question,” according to a statement.

It was produced by The Forge for the U.K.’s Channel 4, and was showcased as a Hulu original in the U.S. this month.

It has now been acquired by Super Channel for Canada, ABC for Australia and Tvnz for New Zealand. In Europe, the show has been picked up by Comunidad Filmin (Spain), Hrt (Croatia), Nrk (Norway »

- Leo Barraclough

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"What Is An Iceberg?": Close-Up on Teresa Villaverde's "Trance"

19 March 2017 6:44 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Teresa Villaverde's Trance (2006) is showing from February 22 - March 24, 2017 in most countries around the world.I’d call the beginning of Trance (Teresa Villaverde, 2006) poetic, but in a way that has little to do with the overpowering, declamatory voice of an individual character, and even less to do with the transposition of such a voice into images. Rather, the poetic quality of this opening is to be found in the associative chains of ideas built up over the unpredictable progression of shots, in the rhythms and echoes performed by a polyphony of voices, and in the sudden slippages, enjambments, and halts of the sound/image relations.  Villaverde’s mise en scène and montage put in crisis the very idea of a scene or sequence, by conspiring against the unity and cohesion these terms presuppose. In Trance’s beginning, »

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All About the ‘Famous Pierogies’ Handed Out at Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet

8 March 2017 12:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Minutes into the acclaimed Josh Groban-led musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, cast members flood the aisles of Broadway’s Imperial Theatre — handing out mysterious small brown boxes to select members of the 1,138-person audience.

There’s so much action going on throughout the house, it might take a bit to understand exactly what’s going on. After all, audience handouts don’t often happen at the theater, let alone before the opening number has even begun.

But inside the boxes await a delicious snack: a warm, bite-size, potato and onion pierogi. It’s a surprise advertised nowhere »

- Dave Quinn

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BBC commissions Sally Wainwright period drama

6 March 2017 3:22 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shibden Hall, written by Wainwright, is from the co-producer of War And Peace.

War And Peace co-producer Lookout Point has won its first solo commission for the BBC – a 19th century period drama penned by Sally Wainwright.

BBC1 has partnered with Us premium cable network HBO to order Shibden Hall, a 8 x 60-minute series based on the real-life diaries of West Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister.

It marks one of Lookout Point’s first major drama commissions since former BBC Wales drama boss Faith Penhale joined as joint chief executive.

Penhale’s focus has been to help the BBC Worldwide-backed firm move from being an international financing specialist to an originator of premium drama.

It is currently co-producing BBC1’s Mike Bartlett-penned newspaper drama Press with BBC Studios and Nigel Stafford Clark’s Deep Indigo and Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Les Miserables with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Company.

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ITV Orders Five-Part Drama 'Desire' From 'Last King of Scotland' Co-Writer

28 February 2017 3:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

U.K. TV giant ITV has ordered Desire, a five-part drama serial written by Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland).

ITV head of drama Polly Hill has commissioned the show from production firm Mammoth Screen. Desire was developed by Rebecca Keane, Mammoth’s creative director, and the company's Damien Timmer and Julia Stannard (War and Peace) will executive produce it.

The story focuses on Leia, "who is just about managing to hold her life together in the face of a messy divorce when she finds herself falling in love with an intensity she’s never experienced before," according to a plot summary. "It’s »

- Georg Szalai

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‘Oj: Made in America’ Is Longest-Ever Oscar-Winning Movie

26 February 2017 6:53 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

O.J.: Made in America” broke a record at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night as it won the Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category — it is now the longest ever film to win an Oscar. According to the New York Times, the then-Soviet Union film “War and Peace” was the previous record-holder at 7 hours, 11 minutes (431 minutes), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969.  “Made in America” runs 7 hours and 47 minutes (467 minutes). Before that, 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” held the record, clocking in at 238 minutes. “O.J.: Made »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Prawaal Raman to make a biopic on Naela Quadri Baloch

21 February 2017 6:11 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Filmmaker Prawaal Raman is currently working on one of the most powerful stories, a woman-oriented biopic based in Baluchistan. He is extremely passionate about telling the story of activist, writer, poet and politician Naela Quadri Baloch and the film is titled Naela Quadri Baloch – War and Peace, which will be co-produced by Shantanu Yadav.Read More

The post Prawaal Raman to make a biopic on Naela Quadri Baloch appeared first on Bollywood Hungama. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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BBC Worldwide Sells 3,000 Hours of Drama in Three Months (Exclusive)

19 February 2017 4:01 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC Worldwide, the British broadcaster’s commercial division, says it has sold more than 3,000 hours of drama around the world in the past three months. The announcement was made as four-day TV market BBC Worldwide Showcase kicked off in Liverpool, England, with scripted shows taking center stage.

In Western Europe, where more than 200 hours of drama were sold, two of Germany’s major broadcasters bought a number of new and classic titles. Rtl Pay purchased “SS-gb” and “Rillington Place,” and Zdf bought “Death in Paradise” (seasons 5-6) as well as “Spooks” (seasons 6-10), among other titles. In Italy, Rai Cinema acquired “Doctor Foster” (season 1) as part of a drama package.

There is also strong demand for British drama in Central and Eastern Europe, with 600 hours of content sold across the region. In Russia, “War and Peace” (2015) will now be available on subscription VOD platform Ivi, and in Ukraine, Digital Screens will have “Dickensian” (season 1) among other drama »

- Leo Barraclough

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Taboo episode 7 review

16 February 2017 8:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Feb 18, 2017

Taboo’s lead character remains the frustrating blank space at the centre of an otherwise appealing show…

This review contains spoilers.

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For weeks I’ve waited to see James Delaney on the back foot - to watch him put under enough pressure that he finally cracks and reveals the human being inside that inscrutable outer shell. Goodbye to that hope. If twelve hours of torture in the Tower of London doesn’t break Delaney, nothing will. Cuts and bruises aside, he remained as in-control and unreadable in the torturer’s chair as he’s been since he landed in London. In-control, unreadable and sadly, dull.

Taboo’s lead is its weakest link. Somehow under and over-written at the same time, Delaney is all over the place. Are we supposed to love him? Hate him? Love to hate him? Aiming for moral complexity, »

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Mindy Newell: Collecting

13 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Yesterday was a tough one for the Newell family. Actually, the past few months haven’t been easy; my dad is – well, the best way to describe the situation is that my father is a soul trapped in the shell of what was once a healthy, vibrant human being. To be honest, I don’t know why he isn’t dead. And my mom had a stroke about a month ago – and although she’s up and walking around (with the aid of a walker), the energetic and vivacious woman with whom I laughed and fought and loved is gone, too, leaving behind an old lady who is dip-shit batty – though I must admit that some of what she says is pretty funny.

And at least they both are in the same nursing home.

We have spent the last few weeks cleaning out their apartment – especially my brother, who has »

- Mindy Newell

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Bill O’Reilly Tells “Old Vlad” Putin He’s “Working On” Apology And Check Back In 2023

6 February 2017 5:26 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“Putin administration in Moscow is demanding that I, your humble correspondent, apologize for saying Old Vlad is a killer,” Bill O’Reilly said at the top of his Fox News Channel program tonight. “So I am working on that apology but it may take a little time. Might want to check in with me around 2023,” O’Reilly snarked. “If you’d like to know more about the violent history of Vladimir Putin, you might check out the book ‘iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age’,&#8221… »

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Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations Led By ‘Arrival,’ Rogue One,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

27 January 2017 2:36 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Arrival,” “Rogue One,” and “Hacksaw Ridge” each received three Mpse sound editing nominations (Dialogue/Adr, Effects/Foley, and Music) in the race for the 64th Golden Reel Awards (held February 19th at the Westin Bonaventure).

While the Oscars singled out Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller, which boasts unique animal sounds and music as well as Mel Gibson’s powerful Okinawa World War II battles, they overlooked Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars” standalone.

Right behind these three films with two nominations each were Marvel’s “Deadpool” (Dialogue/Adr, Effects/Foley) and “Doctor Strange” (Effects/Folley, Music), plus Disney’s “Moana” (Animation, Musical).

La La Land” scored a Musical nomination, as did “Forest Foster Jenkins,” “Sing Street,” and DreamWorks’ animated “Trolls.”

Other animated contenders included Oscar nominees from Disney (“Zootopia”)  Laika (“Kubo and the Two Strings”) and Studio Ghibli (“The Red Turtle”), plus Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and Netflix’s “The Little Prince. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Blu-ray Review – Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

23 January 2017 12:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, 1974.

Directed by Sam Peckinpah.

Starring Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine, Emilio Fernández, and Kris Kristofferson.

Synopsis:

A bartender and his girlfriend go on a road trip through Mexico to collect the bounty on the head of a dead man accused of fathering the grandchild of a town authoritarian.

According to the director this was the only film he ever made that turned out the way he wanted it to with no interference from outside influences, and anybody accustomed to the works of Sam Peckinpah will immediately recognise it as one of the filmmaker’s most distinctive movies, albeit one that marked the end of his golden period before his demons really took hold and his output started to suffer.

When the daughter of powerful Mexican El Jefe (translated as ‘The Boss’) confesses that the father of her unborn child is one Alfredo Garcia, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Martin Phipps And Ruth Barrett Victoria Original Soundtrack Available Now

13 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Dubois Records, in cooperation with Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece will release the Victoria – Original Soundtrack digitally on all music streaming platforms to coincide with the Us release of the television series on PBS this coming weekend. The album features the limited series’ original score by multi-bafta and Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Phipps (Woman In Gold, The Keeping Room) and Ruth Barrett (City Of Tiny Lights, Whitechapel) with vocals from the Mediaeval Baebes. Victoria was first aired on ITV in the UK on August 28, 2016.

Phipps says: “The idea was to give Victoria a dynamic voice, an explosive theme through which we could rejoice in her strength & courage. The Mediaeval Baebes were the perfect sound for this. With one foot in the classical world & one in the commercial, they gave Victoria the mixture of refinement & attitude I was after.”

Barrett says: “I started composing from episode 2, weaving in some of Martin »

- Michelle McCue

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