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London — Studiocanal, the production arm of French pay TV giant Canal Plus, has ramped up its TV series business with the acquisition of a majority stake in leading British shingle Red Production Company.
Red, which is led by founder Nicola Shindler and Andrew Critchley, has established a reputation for drama series that are both popular and critically acclaimed, such as “Queer as Folk,” “Scott & Bailey” and the double BAFTA-winning “Last Tango in Halifax.”
Red works with some of Britain’s leading TV writers, including Russell T. Davies (“Queer as Folk”), Paul Abbott (“Hit and Miss”), Sally Wainwright (“Last Tango in Halifax”) and Tony Marchant (“Leaving”). It was named by Broadcast magazine as this year’s top U.K. independent TV production company.
Studiocanal, which is primarily known for its feature film output, acquired a majority stake last year in German-based television producer Tandem, whose shows include miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth »
- Leo Barraclough and Elsa Keslassy
The deal will allow the indie TV production outfit, set up by Nicola Shindler, to move into producing larger-scale international dramas in addition to global versions of scripted formats such as Scott & Bailey and Last Tango In Halifax.
StudioCanal did not disclose how much it paid, but Red turned over £24m in 2012 with £3m profit, a 60% revenue rise from 2011. Some 98% of Red’s 2012 revenue was generated in the UK, and the indie believes the deal will help it bump up its income from overseas.
Shindler told Broadcast she had been talking to a number of companies about different investment options, but quickly clicked with StudioCanal, run by chairman and chief executive Olivier Courson, who was able to offer her a high degree of creative control.
“Equally, we’ve »
He was tapped to play Finnick Odair in the much-anticipated Hunger Games: Catching Fire and also appeared as the prince alongside Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in last year's Snow White and the Huntsman. Here are five things you probably don't know about Sam Claflin.
1. Born Samuel George Claflin on June 27, 1986, in Ipswich, England -- his father is a financial officer and his mother a classroom assistant.
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2. Made his screen debut in the 2010 television miniseries The Pillars of the Earth.
3. While growing up he developed into a good soccer player, but his career was halted when he broke his ankle as a teenager and he decided not to move forward.
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4. Has green eyes, but wore blue contacts while portraying Logan Mountstuart in the British television series Any Human Heart.
5. Loves shopping and fashion and has said that one of the things »
Cannes — Relativity and Tandem Communications have teamed up to produce a TV series based on Relativity’s movie “Act of Valor” for National Geographic Channel in the U.S. It is Relativity’s first scripted series.
The series will be written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”). Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014. Tandem (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) will handle international distribution.
The series focuses on pararescuemen, who are tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.
Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity, said: “Relativity’s unique model allows us to successfully transform a film such as ‘Act of Valor’ into a highly engaging television series. Through this process, networks are able to broadcast shows with built-in-audiences of viewers already invested in a story, while the studio monetizes our content in new ways.”
The movie “Act of Valor” opened number one at the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
National Geographic Channel U.S. and Relativity Television are making a push into scripted TV series, teaming with Tandem Communications to produce “Act of Valor.” The series will be written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”) and based on Relativity’s feature film of the same name, which opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office in February 2012 and went on to take in $80 million worldwide. The companies made the announcement Sunday at the Mipcom television festival and market in Paris. Tandem (“The Pillars of the Earth”), a unit of France’s StudioCanal, will act as both the studio on the production. »
- Todd Cunningham
The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys celebrated behind-the-scenes artists on Sunday — including composers recognized for their work on shows like Elementary, House of Cards, and The Borgias. The characters in the series they work on play more than a small role in shaping the shows’ sounds, as EW learned in talking to the nominees in the music score categories on the carpet ahead of the ceremony, which will air on Fxx this Saturday.
Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons won the award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, while Downton Abbey won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and »
- Emily Rome
Crime drama “Sex, Lies and Handwriting” is the first project in development, and is intended to follow a straight-to-series model similar to Tandem’s crime series “Crossing Lines,” which airs on NBC. In addition to Lionsgate and Tandem, Sea To Sky Entertainment, Lionsgate’s Canadian joint venture partner, will also be producing the project.
The series will be “a witty new take on the crime series,” according to a statement from the partners. It follows the exploits of Leslie Bold, an accomplished artist and handwriting expert — with her own newspaper column on the subject — who is unexpectedly drawn into the world of crime-solving because of her skills.
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Lionsgate is partnering with Munich-based producer and distributor of event series Tandem Communications, a Studiocanal company, with a co-venture agreement to develop and produce one-hour drama series. The first series in development under the pact is crime drama Sex, Lies And Handwriting. The project, which Lionsgate and Tandem will co-produce with Lionsgate’s Canadian joint venture partner Sea To Sky Entertainment, is intended to follow the straight-to-series model Tandem employed for its first drama series, Crossing Lines. While pursuing straight-to-series projects as international co-productions would be an important part of the new co-venture’s business, the partners also are expected to tweak some aspects of Tandem’s existing approach. For instance, Tandem, producer of The Pillars Of The Earth and its follow-up World Without End, finances its drama and event series (mostly though international pre-sales) and completes the projects before taking the finished product to the U.S., most »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
They say you can learn a lot about a woman from the contents of her handbag. If that is the case, you would have to conclude that the actress Keeley Hawes is either a new age hippy or a not especially discerning shoplifter. She is neither, it turns out, but today her brown leather tote overflows with alternative remedies. There's fish oil and ginkgo biloba capsules that promise to boost memory ("I saw them this morning in Boots and thought, 'Brain performance! That's what I need!'") and a little tub of seeds called D'Mix that you chew after meals ("Revolting, but you feel so worthy").
"There's nowhere to hide in the theatre," she says, sipping from a canteen of detox tea. »
- Tim Lewis
It seems like it’s been quite a long while since we’ve seen a new version of the Bard’s classic Romeo & Juliet pop up. Perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous play, the last adaptation I can recall was Baz Luhrmann’s outstanding 1996 version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers. However, you may recall that it was set in contemporary times, making 1968 the last time we saw a classically-set, big screen adaptation of the play, with Franco Zeffirelli’s Oscar-winning film.
This makes a classic telling of the tale long-overdue, but luckily the team of director Carlo Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent, Fluke) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) have taken care of that problem for us. This time around the doomed lovers are to be played by Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) and Oscar nominee (Hailee Steinfeld).
Today, via The Film Stage, »
- Jeff Beck
Perhaps every generation needs their own adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, but if the new trailer for this big screen version of the film from "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes and Italian director Carlo Carlei is any indicator, this generation is getting the shaft. While the film features bright talents like Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in the lead roles of the star-crossed lovers, the story is explained as if no one has every heard of it (which might be the case for some young teens, and why the trailer premiered on MTV). This looks painfully boring and dry, and that's just disappointing. Watch? Here's the new trailer for Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet, originally from MTV: Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei directs this adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet, adapted by "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth »
- Ethan Anderton
The newest version of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo And Juliet, is nearing it’s release date and the first poster and an image from the film have been released in anticipation. This new adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous play has been penned by Julian Fellowes whose writing fans of Downton Abbey will know well and directed by Carlo Carlei. The young lovers are played by Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2010′s True Grit and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth, Great Expectations).
There’s a great supporting cast lined up in this film with Damien Lewis, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Cooke, Natascha McElhone and Lesley Manville all featuring. The trailer for the movie was released a while back and promised longing stares, meaningful glances, a villainous Ed Westwick and a whole lot of hair. »
- Victoria Bull
Set to debut at next week’s Comic Con in San Diego is the brand new Marvel One-Shot short film ‘Agent Carter,’ which is set to feature the lovely, lovely Hayley Atwell. The short is said to pick up from where Captain America: The First Avenger left off, a film I must catch up on before I board that plane next Tuesday.
Here’s the synopsis for the thing:
Hayley Atwell (TV’s The Pillars of the Earth) reprises her role as an analyst with the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, the Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve.) They do things like, you know, build super-soldiers, fight evil, and go in search of the enigmatic “Zodiac.”
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito spills some more.
“It’s a year since Cap plunged into the ocean, and in our mind, we said there’s a few Ssr offices. If you »
- Paul Heath
How about if we leak a little Classified information?
Marvel Studios co-president and short-filmmaking impresario Louis D’Esposito has opened the secret file on the latest “One-Shot” film Agent Carter, and EW has the exclusive look at the retro-comic poster and three images from the movie, which will debut at Comic-Con next Friday.
As the title suggests, the latest in Marvel’s short-film series explores the post-Captain America heroics of British operative Peggy Carter. Hayley Atwell (TV’s The Pillars of the Earth) reprises her role as an analyst with the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, »
- Anthony Breznican
Swedish actor tipped for international stardom takes lead role in BBC1 series The White Queen
BBC controller of drama commissioning. Ben Stephenson, is confident the 29 year-old's starring role in the series, which starts on Sunday, will be a stepping stone to a more high-profile international acting career. Since landing the BBC role Ferguson has been cast in another historical TV drama, Ridley Scott's The Vatican, and the movie Hercules: The Thracian Wars, alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Hurt.
The BBC »
- Jason Deans
Here’s the first trailer for the writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth). Everyone knows lovers whose love is denied due to the feud between their two families, the Montagues and Capulets, so it’s tough to be excited by a new adaptation unless its told in an original or interesting fashion. Directed by Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei, the film’s supporting cast includes Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, and Homeland’s Damian Lewis along with Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Natascha McElhone. Romeo...
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- Nick Martin
A trailer is out for the new Romeo and Juliet movie. This adaptation is directed by Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent) and stars Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) as Romeo and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet.
My initial reaction while watching the trailer for this honest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was why bother?
- Alex Corey
The first trailer for the newest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is now online, and there’s plenty of ancient grudges, unclean civil hands, and death-marked love on display in this peek at the film.
While the other buzzy Shakespeare adaptation of 2013 — Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing — went the route of a fresh, modern interpretation, this Romeo and Juliet is going back to the play’s Elizabethan roots, with period costumes, a shoot in Verona and other Italy locations, and a young pair of actors playing the leads. The film’s Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), who shot »
- Emily Rome
Everyone knows the Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet, but this time it's "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes bringing the story to life. However, it doesn't seem like he's done much to make the material more engaging, as the first trailer for the adaptation starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth") looks to be pretty dry and boring. Maybe the presence of Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Damian Lewis will make it better, but as of now, it doesn't look like it can shake a stick at Baz Lurhmann's contemporary adaptation. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet from Digital Spy (via The Playlist): Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei directs this adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet, adapted by "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth »
- Ethan Anderton
The first trailer for director Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet has landed online. Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) as Romeo, with a rather impressive supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, and Homeland’s Damian Lewis. Carlei maintains the original setting of Shakespeare’s play and looks to be taking a rather classical approach to the storytelling. Following a rather awkward opening with "movie trailer guy" reciting Shakespeare, the clip sufficiently teases the romantic and intense aspects of Shakespeare’s source material. However, with a story that’s been told countless times, it’s tough to be excited by a new adaptation unless its told in an original or interesting fashion. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Natascha McElhone. »
- Adam Chitwood
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