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London — Stephen Garrett, founder of “Mi-5” and “Life on Mars” producer Kudos, has launched production company Character Seven, which is developing “The Rook,” a London-set supernatural series for Hulu, with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s company Fickle Fish and Lionsgate.
Garrett, who co-founded Kudos in 1992 and was later joint managing director with Jane Featherstone, oversaw a run of TV series hits including “Mi-5” (known as “Spooks” in the U.K.), “Hustle” and “Life on Mars.” As a film producer and executive producer, Garrett’s credits include “Eastern Promises,” “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”
Since leaving the Endemol Shine Group-owned company in 2014, Garrett has been working on projects that bring together international talents. His first credit under Character Seven, in partnership with the Ink Factory, is the John le Carré adaptation “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The six-part »
- Leo Barraclough
Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s upcoming memoir “The Marriott Cell,” about his arrest with two other Al Jazeera English reporters at the Cairo Marriott hotel in December 2013 and the protracted incarceration that followed, is being developed into a feature film by British book-to-film agency The Development Partnership in tandem with Egyptian multi-hyphenate Amr Waked.
On board to pen the screenplay adaptation of Fahmy’s hotly anticipated memoir is Michael Bronner, the former CBS “60 Minutes” producer who more recently co-produced director Paul Greengrass’ “Green Zone,” “Captain Philips,” and “United 93.”
The Al Jazeera case, which became a cause celebre, saw Fahmy (pictured behind bars) and his two colleagues, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, spend more than 400 days in Egypt’s infamous Tora prison, also known as Scorpion, on Cairo’s outskirts on trumped-up charges of spreading “false news.” Egyptian prosecutors linked them to supposed student terrorist groups connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, »
- Nick Vivarelli
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