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Tom Hooper Appointed to Board of Britain's Channel 4

British media regulator Ofcom on Tuesday unveiled the addition of four non-executive directors to the board of U.K. public service broadcaster Channel 4, including The King's Speech director Tom Hooper.

The Oscar winner's films also include The Danish Girl and Les Miserables. His first professional short, Painted Faces, aired on Channel 4 in 1992.

"His film and television work has received a number of industry awards and nominations, including Emmys and Golden Globes for Elizabeth I and Longford, both of which he directed for Channel 4," the announcement also said. 

Also named to Channel 4 board roles were Uzma Hasan, a producer...
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Tom Hooper Appointed to Board of Britain's Channel 4

British media regulator Ofcom on Tuesday unveiled the addition of four non-executive directors to the board of U.K. public service broadcaster Channel 4, including The King's Speech director Tom Hooper.

The Oscar winner's films also include The Danish Girl and Les Miserables. His first professional short, Painted Faces, aired on Channel 4 in 1992.

"His film and television work has received a number of industry awards and nominations, including Emmys and Golden Globes for Elizabeth I and Longford, both of which he directed for Channel 4," the announcement also said. 

Also named to Channel 4 board roles were Uzma Hasan, a producer...
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Andy Serkis: Underappreciated Genius

Helen Murdoch on the underappreciated genius of Andy Serkis

When the actor Andy Serkis’ name is mentioned in a conversation you’re tend to either hear “who’s that?” or “is that the motion cap guy?”. The fact that Serkis isn’t a household name is in my mind a travesty. With the final part of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy being released this month I thought we should celebrate this tremendous and revolutionary actor.

Starting his acting career back in 1989, Serkis spent much of the 90s in an array of soap operas, dramas and mini-series. With the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings in 2001 and the subsequent two films in 2002 and 2003 everything changed. As the motion capture created Gollum, Serkis gave us a performance like nothing we’d ever seen before. Whilst CGI characters had existed before, none had ever felt as real
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The Journey: McGuinness v Paisley and other odd movie couples

The Northern Irish politicians make an intriguing cinematic pairing, but there are even more fiery duos that film could fictionalise

Nick Hamm’s new film The Journey tells of the decades-long enmity, followed by the highly surprising friendship, between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as they laboured towards the Anglo-Irish agreement. It slots neatly into a favourite mini-genre of mine, mostly cornered by screenwriter Peter Morgan, who has made half a career of creating dramatic face-offs between real-life figures with diametrically opposed worldviews: Lord Longford and Myra Hindley (Longford); Brian Clough and Don Revie (The Damned United) and James Hunt and Niki Lauda (Rush). Other film-makers have taken up the format, too, in My Week With Marilyn, The King’s Speech and now The Journey.

Related: How Paisley and McGuinness's journey to peace ended at Venice film festival

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At&T’s DirecTV Latin America Acquires Sky, Canal Plus Series ‘The Last Panthers’

At&T’s DirecTV Latin America Acquires Sky, Canal Plus Series ‘The Last Panthers’
Madrid — At&T-owned DirecTV Latin America, the region’s biggest satellite TV multi-channel operator, has acquired rights to European heist thriller “The Last Panthers,” a flagship television-series co-production of Europe’s biggest two pay-tv groups, Sky and Vivendi’s Canal Plus.

The Last Panthers’” joint distribution worldwide is handled by Vivendi-owned Studiocanal and Sky Vision. Dtvla will broadcast “The Last Panthers,” an intricate Europe-wide crime saga, from Aug. 22.

With 19 million clients in Latin America, thanks in large part to partnerships with Globo at Sky Brasil and Televisa at Sky Mexico, DirecTV will add a score or more territories to “The Last Panther” sales markets, which now reach 122 territories in total, a mark of just how widely select Euro TV series are licensing these days.

Canal Plus aired “The Last Panthers” in France, which Sky rolled it out Nov. 22 across all five European territories where it operates, reaching 21 million subscribers in Britain, Germany
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Devilworks boards 'Monochrome', 'Welcome To Leith'

Devilworks boards 'Monochrome', 'Welcome To Leith'
Exclusive: British thriller Monochrome is set to market premiere at the London Screenings this month.

UK genre specialists Devilworks has acquired worldwide rights to Monochrome, Thomas Lawes’ thriller starring 2013 Screen Star of Tomorrow Cosmo Jarvis (The Naughty Room), Jo Woodcock (Dorian Gray) James Cosmo (Braveheart, Game Of Thrones) and Lee Boardman (Longford).

The film tells the story of a female serial killer who targets the wealthy. Cosmo’s detective tracks her down using special abilities granted to him by his neurological condition synaesthesia, which confuses his senses, allowing him to hear colours and see sounds.

Suzie Norton is producing the project for Birmingham-based Electric Flix.

Monochrome is set to receive a market premiere at the London Screenings later this month.

Devilworks has also acquired international rights (excluding UK, Germany, Australia, Nz, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) to documentary Welcome To Leith, which premiered at Sundance 2015 and went on to pick up awards at HotDocs
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'The Last Panthers': SundanceTV's crime thriller looks like strong Emmy contender (Trailer)'

'The Last Panthers': SundanceTV's crime thriller looks like strong Emmy contender (Trailer)'
Will "The Last Panthers" score an Emmy nomination for Best Limited Series? The six-part crime thriller is inspired by the true story of the international jewel thieves known as the Pink Panthers. It premieres on SundanceTV on April 13. Watch the trailer above. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions International intrigue has certainly been a winning formula for the network, with three earlier offerings all earning Emmy program prizes. So we should take "The Last Panthers" seriously as a contender, especially given its strong pedigree. It stars a pair of Oscar-nominees: Samantha Morton and John Hurt. Morton has one previous Emmy bid, for Tom Hooper's HBO telefilm "Longford" in 2007, while veteran Hurt is aiming for his first ever Emmy bid. The TV academy loves movie stars who move to the small screen, though there's no shortage of t...
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Television

Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

Alex Baskin, 35 (second from left)

Partner, Exec VP, Evolution Media

Since joining Evolution in 2006, Baskin has executive-produced over 20 series, specials and pilots, including ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies,” We’s “High School Confidential” and Disney’s hidden-camera comedy “Code: 9.” He oversees a development team of six. With his eye for spinoff potential, he’s produced nine seasons of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” six seasons of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” four seasons of “Vanderpump Rules” (all for Bravo) and three seasons of “Botched” for E! The secret of his success: “I’m also a huge fan of these kinds of shows.”

Nick Bernstein, 38 (far left)

VP, late night programming, West Coast, CBS

Landing in late night was a lifelong dream for Bernstein,
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Mipcom: SundanceTV Acquires ‘The Last Panthers’

Mipcom: SundanceTV Acquires ‘The Last Panthers’
Cannes – In one of the first U.S. deals to be announced at this year’s Mipcom TV trade fair, which kicked off Monday, SundanceTV has acquired broadcast rights to six-hour crime drama “The Last Panthers,” starring Samantha Morton (“Minority Report,” “Longford”), Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet,” “The Past”), Goran Bogdan (“We Will Be the Champions”) and John Hurt (“Midnight Express,” “Elephant Man”).

SundanceTV will air “Panthers” in Spring.

The Last Panthers” is a sign of the future: In its portrait of the new faces of Euro crime and it status as fruit of a burgeoning production alliance between Euro pay TV giants, being commissioned by Sky Atlantic at Sky, with operations in U.K. Germany and Italy, and France’s Canal Plus. As Europe seeks to face off the very best U.S. drama, more such pan-European alliances can be expected to flower.

One of the highest-profile new TV series at Mipcom,
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Starz Nabs Stephen Poliakoff’s Post-WW2 Miniseries ‘Close to the Enemy’

Starz Nabs Stephen Poliakoff’s Post-WW2 Miniseries ‘Close to the Enemy’
Starz has nabbed U.S. rights to Stephen Poliakoff’s miniseries “Close to the Enemy

Poliakoff wrote and directed the six-part series starring Jim Sturgess and executive produced by Helen Flint (“Longford”), Hilary Bevan Jones (“Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot”) and Colin Callender (“Wolf Hall”).

Sturgess plays British intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson in the post-World War II thriller set in a bomb-rattled London hotel. His final task for the Army is to convince a captured German scientist (August Diehl) to hand over cutting-edge military technology crucial to national security — the jet engine.

He encounters a number of other characters whose stories ultimately intertwine. They include Callum’s younger brother (“Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore) who’s traumatized by his experiences in combat; a Foreign Office official (Alfred Molina) who reveals startling truths about the war; an American jazz singer who revives the old hotel with her music (Angela Bassett
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Starz Acquires Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Close To The Enemy’ Miniseries

Starz has acquired exclusive U.S. premium rights to Close To The Enemy, a six-episode original miniseries written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff (Dancing On The Edge) with Helen Flint (Longford), Hilary Bevan Jones (Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot) and Colin Callender (Wolf Hall) serving as executive producers. It’s slated to premiere on BBC Two in the UK and Starz in the U.S. in 2016. Set in a bomb-damaged London hotel during the aftermath of World War II, thriller Close To The…
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BBC Greenlights Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Close to the Enemy’

London — Director-writer Stephen Poliakoff has started to shoot period drama series “Close to the Enemy,” which has been commissioned by the BBC and will be distributed by All3Media Intl.

Jim Sturgess (“One Day”) heads the cast that includes Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), Charlotte Riley (“Peaky Blinders”), Phoebe Fox (“Woman in Black 2”) and August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”).

The six-part series, which is produced by Little Island Prods. in association with Endor Prods., is mainly set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II.

It follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess), whose last task for the army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (Diehl), starts working for the British air-force on urgently developing the jet engine.

The series is written and directed by Poliakoff, who most recently helmed and wrote “Dancing on the Edge” for the BBC and Starz. It is produced by Helen Flint,
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Golden Globe Winner Helen Flint Sets up U.K. TV, Film Banner

London – Golden Globe-winning producer Helen Flint has exited U.K. film and TV production banner Company Pictures to start her own indie label. Flint is setting up Little Island Productions after eight years as head of production at Company Pictures where her résumé boasts the Golden Globe-winning HBO and Channel Four co-production Longford, directed by Tom Hooper from a script by Peter Morgan and starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton. Photos: 81 of Fall TV's Biggest Stars: THR's Exclusive Portraits Alex Protherough, Flint's deputy at Company Pictures has also joined Lip as production executive. The startup

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'At 12, I swore I'd have my own film in the cinema'

In 2011 that film was Oscar winner The King's Speech. Now he is Oscar-tipped again for Les Misérables. Here the 'tough guy' director, who made his first film while still at school, talks about the epic he sees as a timeless 'anthem for the dispossessed'

It was almost two years ago that I first met Tom Hooper. He was with Colin Firth, and their film, The King's Speech – which Hooper directed and in which Firth starred – was weeks away from winning its Oscars. It was a heady occasion. An excitable Hooper did most of the talking (Firth detests interviews) and the film – about the struggle George VI had with his speech impediment when he came to the throne in 1936 – became the unlikely winner that delighted everyone who saw it: an impossible act to follow.

And yet, today, Hooper is attempting to trump it on an epic scale. He has taken on
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With Les Misérables, a new kind of speech for Tom Hooper

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Tom Hooper, the director of intimate character studies like the Oscar-winning The King's Speech, the HBO miniseries "John Adams" and the TV drama "Longford," would not seem the sort of chap likely to make a sprawling adaptation of a beloved Broadway musical.

"I've always had an epic filmmaker within me clamoring to get out," explains the British director.

That much becomes clear in Hooper's new film, Les Misérables. From the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel, the film is an enormous, star-studded affair overlaid on a French revolution canvas yet painted with a naturalistic brush.

The film, which has been nominated for four Golden Globes, has returned Hooper to the thick of the Oscar race two years after the Academy Awards' coronation of The King's Speech. A few months after that film won best picture and best director for Hooper, he was onto Les Miz, spending the "capital," he says,
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'Great Expression Of Collective Anger'

'Great Expression Of Collective Anger'
New York -- Tom Hooper, the director of intimate character studies like the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech," the HBO miniseries "John Adams" and the TV drama "Longford," would not seem the sort of chap likely to make a sprawling adaptation of a beloved Broadway musical.

"I've always had an epic filmmaker within me clamoring to get out," explains the British director.

That much becomes clear in Hooper's new film, "Les Miserables." From the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel, the film is an enormous, star-studded affair overlaid on a French revolution canvas yet painted with a naturalistic brush.

The film, which has been nominated for four Golden Globes, has returned Hooper to the thick of the Oscar race two years after the Academy Awards' coronation of "The King's Speech." A few months after that film won best picture and best director for Hooper, he was onto "Les Miz," spending the "capital,
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Tom Hooper and Mychael Danna to Receive Palm Springs Festival Honors

Tom Hooper and Mychael Danna to Receive Palm Springs Festival Honors
Director Tom Hooper and composer Mychael Danna will both be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) on Jan. 5. Hooper, whose Les Miserables has already been nominated for four Golden Globe awards, including best picture, and four SAG Award nominations, will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual film festival. Hooper won an Academy Award for directing the 2010 Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech. Hooper has also worked on several award-winning HBO projects throughout his career, including John Adams, Longford and Elizabeth I. His other work includes The Damned United, Red

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Tom Hooper, Mychael Danna to Receive Palm Springs International Film Festival Honors

"Les Miserables" Director Tom Hooper and composer Mychael Danna will be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Hooper is set to get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award while Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. Both will join previous announced honorees -- the cast of Argo, Richard Gere, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis. The Festival runs January 3-14.

(Watch my fun interview with Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables" right here, "Les Miserables" movie review)

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (December 18, 2012) . The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award and Mychael Danna with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart,
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Peter Morgan Talks Bond And A New Heist-Film Script

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Peter Morgan has an impressive CV as a writer. The Deal, The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Hereafter, The Other Boleyn Girl, Longford, The Last King of Scotland, very strong work all round.

It turns out he put in some of the ground work on the next Bond film, having worked on a treatment which, due to the shenanigans at MGM, has ended up being taken on and developed by John Logan, among others. In his own words:-

“I wrote a treatment for it and I believe, I haven’t read the final script, but I believe the core idea of the final script is that. But what then happened was the whole MGM bankruptcy thing happened. And by [the time it was sorted], I was completely snowed under with other stuff, and Sam had a good relationship with John Logan, and I said ‘Look, I can’t do anything with it.’ It’s sad, but what can you do?
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Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis says he finds no difference between 'performance capture' and acting. We should take this as a grave warning

The lavish and reckless absurdity of the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes will do nothing to restrain the cult of Andy Serkis. But nor will it help us negotiate the difference (and the profound resemblance) between what is now called "performance-capture technology" and the thing we once called acting. After all, moving film projected for an audience was, from the outset, a new technological power that recorded and preserved the look and gestures of actors for people who could not see them on stage. The studio we now think of as Paramount was once renowned for distributing rather limited prints of "Famous Players".

What Serkis has been pioneering for a few years now is nothing I understand fully in a technological sense. But it is something
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