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Cannes – Two big “Ds” – Dramas, Digital – look set to galvanize much Croisette business, as well as multiple conference panels, at next week’s Cannes Mip TV, which catches part of the international TV business in the full flush of evolution, convulsed by ramping consolidation – Mip TV will be the first market for new joint venture Endemol Shine Group, for instance – and the ever-clearer emergence of international drama as a serious alternative to Us fare.
As the number of high-end drama escalates, competition for top-notch show-runners – mostly based out of the U.S. will become all the more bitter.
Last Wednesday, Amazon Studios aconfirmed Diego Luna to play the lead in its untitled Casanova period drama, exec produced by Electus Ent.’s Ben Silverman and Stu Zicherman. Expect further high-end drama announcements – of epics and event dramas – or first-look talent deals at 2015’s Mip TV.
Traditionally, May’ L.A. Screenings, and October’s Mipcom TV mart, »
- John Hopewell
Now, for Europe, it’s the next high-end drama. All over Europe, as Cannes’ Mip TV market will underscore, pay TV operators (Canal Plus and Sky), broadcasters (Italy’s Mediaset, Spain’s Atresmedia), and some of its mightiest film-tv production companies (France’s Studiocanal, Germany’s Constantin) are either moving into English-language drama or amping up production.
Several market factors are at work. “There’s a highly competitive U.S. market for drama in premium and basic cable,” says Tim Westcott, analyst at Ihs Technology. “In international, premium pay TV operators are looking to invest in original series to protect their core business from Svod operators who are offering content more cheaply.”
The result: A near feeding frenzy for the production and acquisition of ambitious, »
- John Hopewell
During last night’s Super Bowl, all eyes and all talk was mainly concerned with either the actual sporting event itself, the bizarre mid-show extravaganza or the Jurassic World trailer. Of course, many other big-name films debuted super-mix teasers to appeal to those watching at home as well, and it seems that amidst all the excitement, we seem to have missed one particularly cool trailer – NBC’s next event series, Aquarius.
Like all teasers dotted between the gameplay, this preview is rather brief. That’s not to say it isn’t exciting, though. David Duchovny, who stars in the show, seems as magnetic as ever, albeit in a less iconoclastic role than he’s used to playing. This time he’s cast as L.A.P.D. Sgt. Sam Hodiak, in a show that will explore the life of cult leader and conspiracist, Charles Manson.
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- Gem Seddon
Denise Richards and Francia Raisa have new reps as Abrams Artists Agency has inked them both. Richards most recently starred on the ABC Family series Twisted, and her recent TV credits also include Lifetime telepic Fatal Acquittal, Anger Management, 30 Rock, Blue Mountain State and Kickin’ It. She also has appeared in such features as Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough and Wild Things. She continues to be managed by Link.
Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager throughout its five-season run and appeared in the telefilms A Snow Globe Christmas and Christmas Bounty. Other TV gigs include The Mindy Project, CSI and In Plain Sight. She next appears in the Lifetime series Un-Real and the features Dirty Lies and Beyond Paradise. She continues to be managed by Untitled.
- The Deadline Team
4 items from 2015
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