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Independent cinema champion extends activities into television
“Wild Bunch TV will initiate international TV series from all around the world, provide coproduction and financing services, and, finally, distribute and commercialize them worldwide,” the company said in a statement.
The firm has pulled together a team of professionals experienced in the TV entertainment business, comprising Diana Bartha (development and international distribution), Thomas Triboit (acquisitions) and Aurélia Porret (marketing).
Veteran international fiction producer Georges Campana is also on board as an advisor.
Paris-based Wild Bunch, which has been pulling together the new TV division since before Cannes, will make its debut outing at Mipcom with two initial acquisitions Medici: Masters of Florence and Four Seasons in Havana.
Medici: Masters of Florence is the latest project from prolific »
After taking on a leading role in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is set to return to the small screen in eight-part drama series, Medici: Masters Of Florence. From Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions (The Man In The High Castle) and Lux Vide (Joseph), the show will chronicle the rise of the Medici family and the Italian Renaissance. Joining Madden in a leading role will be Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman.
Medici was co-created by Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer, while Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (The Pillars of the Earth) is set to direct all eight episodes. Principal photography begins in Italy this month, with shooting taking place in many of the same historical locations as where the real events of this story took place. The series already has a network for when it will air in Italy, and it’s expected that a Us based one will »
- Josh Wilding
Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Prods (The Man In The High Castle) and Lux Vide (Joseph) are teaming up to produce eight-part drama series Medici: Masters Of Florence chronicling the rise of the Medici family and the Italian Renaissance, with Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones) and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman attached to star. Spotnitz co-created with Nicholas Meyer and executive produces with Matilde and Luca Bernabei. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (The Pillars of the Earth) directs all… »
Set during the Italian Renaissance, the story chronicles the rise of the Medici family from simple merchants to power brokers who sparked an economic and cultural revolution.
In the process they made many enemies. Hoffman is family patriarch Giovanni, Madden is his son and the show's lead role Cosimo de Medici.
Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer co-created and will executive produces with Matilde and Luca Bernabei. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan ("The Pillars of the Earth") directs all eight episodes and filming begins this month in Rome and Florence.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?
That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.
If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...
Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.
Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.
He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).
Of late, »
The timeless fairy tale Cinderella is given a stylish update set against the glamorous backdrop of ‘La Dolce Vita’ in an enchanting mini series, which comes to DVD courtesy of Odyssey and we have 5 copies to give away.
Basking in the glamorous world of Cinecittà, life couldn’t seem more perfect for the beautiful Aurora (Vanessa Hessler – Asterix at the Olympic Games, a gifted young pianist whose life seems full of promise as she grows up in post War Rome and falls madly in love with Sebastian, the handsome, wealthy boy next door (Flavio Parenti – To Rome With Love).
But Aurora’s life changes dramatically when her beloved father dies and her wicked stepmother Irene (Natalia Wörner – The Pillars of the Earth turns the family villa into a hotel and forces Aurora to work as a maid and lose contact with Sebastian, while swindling her out of her inheritance. »
- Laura Holmes
Knights of the Round Table, meet your king.
Once Upon a Time has cast British actor Liam Garrigan (24: Live Another Day) as King Arthur, per EW.com, who as TVLine first reported will heavily recur during the first half of the ABC series’ fifth season.
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King Arthur is described as a “good and just ruler” who, beneath the surface, “is a master manipulator who can carry a grudge to the grave, and maybe beyond.” He harbors an “eternal burning love” for the yet-to-be-cast Guinevere that can lean toward being a bit controlling.
Esquire has given the green light to its first-ever original scripted series, “Spotless,” the network announced on Thursday. The male-skewing channel ordered 10 episodes of the drama scheduled to air this fall. Helmed by Tandem Productions for Canal, the series is executive produced by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated, Rola Bauer (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) and is co-created by BAFTA Award-winner Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Academy-Award winner Corinne Marrinan (“CSI”). Also Read: Esquire Network Beefs Up Its Slate With a Show About Hamburgers Marc-André Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y.”), Denis Ménochet (“Inglorious Basterds”), Miranda Raison (“24: Live Another Day”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton. »
- Itay Hod
It was a very good night for TV actors at the 2015 Academy Awards — with Patricia Arquette (Medium, CSI: Cyber), J.K. Simmons (Oz, The Closer, Law & Order) and even Julianne Moore (As the World Turns) and Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) snagging the four major acting prizes.
And yet only two members of that elite quartet made our gallery of the 20 Best and Worst Moments from the Oscars’ nearly four-hour telecast.
Instead, we found ourselves reeling from Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute, »
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