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Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell launch House Productions

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Production company launches with investment from BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment.

Former Film4 head Tessa Ross and ex-Working Title TV chief Juliette Howell have joined forces to launch TV and film production company, House Productions.

The independent outfit launches in partnership with international distributor BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment – a division of Access Industries, the media, industrial and technology group owned by Us industrialist Len Blavatnik.

House Productions will be based in London with Ross and Howell as joint CEOs, and will collaborate with talent with whom they have previously worked as well as striking up new relationships.

Announcing the new company, Ross said: “Juliette and I are truly excited about what we can achieve together, and with our partners at BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment.

“We’re going to build a creative and supportive home at House Productions and look forward to growing something unique and long lasting with both new and old collaborators.

Howell added:
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Former Film4 Boss Tessa Ross, Ex-Working Title Exec Juliette Howell Launch House

Tessa Ross, the uber-successful former head of Channel4’s movie-arm Film4, and Juliette Howell, the former head of television at Working Title, have set up a film and TV production company, House Productions, with the backing of the BBC’s international distribution arm, BBC Worldwide, and Access Entertainment, part of billionaire Len Blavatnik’s business empire.

House Productions will be based in London with Ross and Howell as joint CEOs, working across the company’s slate of television and feature films. BBC Worldwide has taken a 25% stake in the company, and will act as the global distributor for its TV slate. Access Entertainment, which is headed by the BBC’s former director of television, Danny Cohen, has agreed to a first-look deal to develop and finance feature films with House. In addition, House will receive additional investment from New York-based investor Laura Sloate.

Ross was controller of film and drama at Channel 4,
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Former Film4 Boss Tessa Ross, Ex-Working Title Exec Juliette Howell Launch House

Tessa Ross, the uber-successful former head of Channel4’s movie-arm Film4, and Juliette Howell, the former head of television at Working Title, have set up a film and TV production company, House Productions, with the backing of the BBC’s international distribution arm, BBC Worldwide, and Access Entertainment, part of billionaire Len Blavatnik’s business empire.

House Productions will be based in London with Ross and Howell as joint CEOs, working across the company’s slate of television and feature films. BBC Worldwide has taken a 25% stake in the company, and will act as the global distributor for its TV slate. Access Entertainment, which is headed by the BBC’s former director of television, Danny Cohen, has agreed to a first-look deal to develop and finance feature films with House. In addition, House will receive additional investment from New York-based investor Laura Sloate.

Ross was controller of film and drama at Channel 4, and
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William, Kate and Harry Pay 'Emotional' and Somber Tribute to the Fallen on 100th Anniversary of Britain's Bloodiest Battle

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William, Kate and Harry Pay 'Emotional' and Somber Tribute to the Fallen on 100th Anniversary of Britain's Bloodiest Battle
Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry attended a somber memorial to honor the fallen on Friday morning - 100 years after the bloodiest day in British history. The trio traveled to northern France to pay tribute to the 60,000 British soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916. Red, white and blue confetti fluttered down from a vast war memorial on a hill above a former battlefield and schoolchildren each placed a posy at 600 white gravestones during the moving remembrance ceremony. The reflections on the sacrifices made 100 years ago had begun for the royal trio earlier in the
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Andrew Woodhead to Head Working Title Television U.K.

London — Working Title Television U.K. has named Andrew Woodhead as its new managing director.

Woodhead was formerly executive producer at Kudos Film & Television, where he worked on multiple series of the BAFTA-nominated “Spooks” and ITV’s “Law & Order U.K.,” he also acted as an executive producer on the first season of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller “Fortitude” and Sky 1’s “Sinbad.” Woodhead also produced Abi Morgan’s BAFTA-winning single film “White Girl.”

Recently, he has been focusing on his own projects, which include developing an adaptation of The Man Booker prize-winning “The Luminaries” (currently in development), and producing “Marcella,” written by Hans Rosenfeldt (“The Bridge”) for ITV.

Working Title Television is based in London and L.A. and is a joint venture between NBCUniversal International Studios, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The L.A. office is led by recently appointed president, Andrew Stearn.

Based in London,
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Round-Up: Contest – Win Hell And Back on DVD, The Harvesters Teaser, Gypsy Series, The Abandoned Release Update

Want to go to Hell and back without the, you know, going to Hell part? Daily Dead's Hell and Back DVD contest details are after the jump. Also in this round-up: a teaser trailer for The Harvesters, details on the Netflix series Gypsy, and an update on the release of The Abandoned.

Hell and Back DVD Contest: Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) DVD copy of Hell and Back.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Hell and Back Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01 am Est on January 12th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2015) – Freestyle Digital Media announced today that
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Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic

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Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic
Edinburgh: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.

Ewan McGregor revealed to an audience at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) on Sunday that he would be willing to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi to tell the story of Stars Wars between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back should Disney ever wish to do so.

The comments came during an on-stage interview in which the Scottish star looked back over the highlights of his career thus far and chose his words carefully on the subject of the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The actor seemed not to be the most rabid of fanboys and declared: “I’m not a fanatical person.”

Still, he said he was impressed by the trailer - “It looks like [Jj Abrams] he absolutely nailed it” - except for the lightsaber’s updated design.

“I’m excited
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Eddie Redmayne Gets Big Palm Springs International Film Festival Award

I am sooo proud of our Palm Springs International Film Festival and equally happy that it's happening right in our own backyard! Just this morning, we heard that Eddie Redmayne, who is sweet and fabulous and a great actor to boot, is getting the Desert Palm Achievement Award for the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He's being honored for his excellent portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

Redmayne will be joining previous Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients such as Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, and Sean Penn. And according to the press release, "in the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor."

Hhhmmmm, good karma? Premonition? Happenstance? I sure hope so!

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 07, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will
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Simple Physics: ‘The Theory Of Everything’ Is Specialty Box Office Whiz — Preview

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Simple Physics: ‘The Theory Of Everything’ Is Specialty Box Office Whiz — Preview
This weekend is shaping up to mirror early fall, when specialty distributors packed theaters with new titles. Many of those disappeared quickly, and this weekend could be similar as companies usher in about a dozen limited-release theatrical newcomers. Focus FeaturesThe Theory Of Everything, however, has amassed a good amount of attention. Directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (Man On Wire), the Stephen Hawking biopic is opening two months after its Toronto debut. Two notable nonfiction titles also join the fray this weekend: Cinema Guild’s Actress, from director Robert Greene, and Zipporah FilmsNational Gallery by nonfiction maverick Frederick Wiseman. Both deserve attention as the awards-race heats up. Two years after the theatrical bow of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President is the focus of Amplify’s The Better Angels — though it focuses a very different phase of his life. Distrib Films is opening Italian political
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Eddie Redmayne's 'The Theory of Everything' Performance Moved Stephen Hawking to Tears

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Eddie Redmayne did such a convincing job of portraying Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," the astrophysicist said he thought he was watching himself at some moments in the biopic, which opens Friday. The actor, whose previous films include "Les Miserables" and "My Week With Marilyn," worked with a movement coach to be able to endure long periods of time emulating Hawking's hunched-over posture, a result of his crippling motor neuron disease.

Redmayne also explained why he was "a big ball of tension" on set and why he's never seen good pal (and likely Oscar competition) Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Hawking from 2004.

Moviefone: You did so much research for this, you carried around a sort of Bible on set.

Redmayne: I did all the reading I could so I could throw myself into all this: I watched every video of Stephen Hawking I could find. I read
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Sebastian Faulks to write BBC drama On Green Dolphin Street

Sebastian Faulks is to write a new drama for the BBC.

Based on his 2001 novel On Green Dolphin Street, the 90-minute screenplay will be Faulks's first for television.

The plot is described as an "epic love story" set in Washington, DC in the 1960s amidst the backdrop of the Kennedy / Nixon campaign trail.

Broadcast reports that the novelist is working with Rachel Wagstaff on the project from Eleventh Hour Films. The two previously collaborated on the stage version of Birdsong.

Faulks said: "[Screenplays are] a very different form from the novel and a very challenging one.

"Eleventh Hour Films have the right mixture of experience and enthusiasm to bring this project to a happy conclusion."
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Music Biz Satire ‘Kill Your Friends’ Starts to Shoot in London

Music Biz Satire ‘Kill Your Friends’ Starts to Shoot in London
London — Satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends,” about the era of Britpop music, has started lensing in London for a five-week shoot.

Pic is set in London in 1997, when the British music industry is on a winning streak. A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the biz. Fuelled by greed, ambition and drugs, he lives the dream, as he searches for the next hit. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level.

Screenplay is penned by John Niven, based on his cult novel. Pic is the feature debut for director Owen Harris, whose previous credits include TV series “Misfits.”

Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jack the Giant Slayer”) takes the lead role of Stelfox, and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Craig Roberts (“22 Jump Street,” “Submarine”), Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons,
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Filming Begins On ‘Kill Your Friends’ Starring Nicholas Hoult & Craig Roberts

Thn have received the news from AI Film, Altitude Film Entertainment, Unigram, Pinewood Productions, and World’s End (that’s a lot isn’t it?) as they announce that the principal photography begins next week on dark and satirical comedy Kill Your Friends about the infamous era of Britpop music with Warner Music Group on board to produce the film’s soundtrack.

That era is exactly when I spent my time going to gigs, fighting my corner for the likes of Pulp and Blur (and then equally Oasis) – so this is right up my alley. This the first-time feature for Owen Harris who’s been working in TV but with good titles including Misfits, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

It’s written by John Niven and based on his cult novel of the same name, Nicholas Houlttakes the lead role of Steven Stelfox
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Sky's remake of The Bridge is set in the Channel tunnel – in English and French

'We took what was wonderful from the original and then made our own show. This is particular to the English and French experience,' says producer Jane Featherstone

Viewers may notice something eerily familiar about Sky's new serial killer drama The Tunnel, which begins with the discovery of a body in the Channel tunnel halfway between Britain and France.

It is, according to Sky, an "adaptation" of the Scandinavian drama hit The Bridge – in which a body is found in the middle of the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden.

The Tunnel, which starts on Wednesday, is the story of a politically motivated serial killer and is believed to be the first bilingual TV drama to be filmed in English and French. It features the same "odd couple" detective pairing as The Bridge, from which it lifts much of its plot and some scenes wholesale.

But while the nuances of
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Sara May joins Embankment Films

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New sales exec was most recently at French broadcaster TF1.

Sara May has joined Embankment Films to steer activities in European sales, co-productions and acquisitions.

She was most recently evp of acquisitions and co-productions at TF1, where she spent nearly 10 years and acquired distribution rights for France as well as sourcing, developing and packaging for the international sales division.

Prior to TF1, Sara held positions at Europacorp as head of acquisitions and M6 as program supervisor for English-language TV series.

Founding partner Tim Haslam said: “Based in Paris and Los Angeles, Sara is a focal point for Embankment.

“Sara extends our reach throughout the business primarily in the Us and Europe, further developing producer, agent and talent relationships, working closely with London-based acquisition and marketing executive Max Pirkis.

“Sara’s appointment completes a dynamic international and multi-lingual acquisitions and sales team including Barcelona-born Maite Villarino (Hispanic territories) and Hong-Kong born Sharon Lee (Asian territories).

“Like my partner
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Working Title Executive Joining British Production Company Good Films

London – Working Title Films' 10-year veteran Kate Fasulo is exiting to join British production banner Good Films as head of production. Fasulo will oversee a six-feature slate, reporting directly to Good Films founder Miriam Segal. In her previous role with Working Title, Fasulo was actively involved in the production of films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina, Birdsong and Les Miserables. Story: Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to Be Honored at Hamptons Fest She joins Good Films having most recently completed work on Edgar Wright's The World's End, Richard Curtis' rom-com About Time and Hossein

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Working Title's Fasulo joins Good Films

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Good Films has appointed Working Title executive Kate Fasulo as head of production.

Fasulo, who had worked at Working Title for ten years, will oversee Good Films’ six-feature slate, reporting to company founder and managing director Miriam Segal.

Fasulo was a production supervisor on a string of Working Title hits including Senna, Paul, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina and Les Miserables and was production executive on BBC miniseries Birdsong.

Segal said: “Having expertly overseen a number of first-class projects throughout the last few years, Kate’s experience, vision, and ability make her the perfect person to entrust with the responsibility of managing production as we take the crucial next steps in the Good Films journey.”

Good Films’ slate of properties includes James Patterson and Liza Markland’s The Postcard Killers, Peter Godwin’s When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, Tena Stivicic’s Invisible, Robert Mazur’s The Infiltrator, Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved and [link
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Working Title's Kate Fasulo joins Good Films

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Good Films has appointed Working Title executive Kate Fasulo as head of production.

Fasulo, who had worked at Working Title for ten years, will oversee Good Films’ six-feature slate, reporting to company founder and managing director Miriam Segal.

Fasulo was a production supervisor on a string of Working Title hits including Senna, Paul, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina and Les Miserables and was production executive on BBC miniseries Birdsong.

Segal said: “Having expertly overseen a number of first-class projects throughout the last few years, Kate’s experience, vision, and ability make her the perfect person to entrust with the responsibility of managing production as we take the crucial next steps in the Good Films journey.”

Good Films’ slate of properties includes James Patterson and Liza Markland’s The Postcard Killers, Peter Godwin’s When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, Tena Stivicic’s Invisible, Robert Mazur’s The Infiltrator, Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved and [link
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George MacKay: yours sincerely

Handsome, soulful and sensitive, George MacKay – one of the stars of the Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith – has all the makings of a leading man. And he's only 21

Every actor knows the perils of overexposure. Flavour of the month is fine; a glut is not so good. At the 2005 Oscars, Chris Rock ribbed Jude Law about his roles "in every movie I have seen in the last four years". Last year, Jessica Chastain pre-empted the backlash, calling herself "the unknown everyone's already sick of". George MacKay is not yet in danger of wearing out his welcome. But it would take a dedicated enthusiast indeed to catch all of his movies that open in the UK today.

In two of them, the soft-spoken Londoner offers two distinct Scottish accents: as a former squaddie in the Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith, and as the tortured survivor of a fishing accident in low-budget drama For Those in Peril.
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New on Acorn DVD: War and Peace, and New Tricks

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New Tricks

Kieran Kinsella

Costume drama lovers are in for a treat as Acorn Media are set to release the 2007 multi-national production of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace on DVD on 24 September. Originally broadcast in France and Belguim, the production has never aired in the U.S. although it was available on Acorn’s streaming service earlier this summer. While there have been many adaptations of this Russian classic, few if any can boast a cast that includes such luminaries as Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Clemence Poesy (Birdsong) and Brenda Blethyn (Vera). The director, Austrian film-maker Robert Dornhelm is no slouch either, having been been behind the lens for hits including the Oscar nominated The Children of Theatre Street.

War and Peace is so long and so impressive that it makes “epics” such as Dr Zhivago look like short children’s stories. It features a colorful cast of
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