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ITV has invested in Zealot Networks, which was founded by ex-Maker Studios’ founder and CEO Danny Zappin in August. As part of the deal, ITV will have a board position with Zealot.
The move marks British broadcaster ITV’s third U.S. digital investment of 2014. Other such investments this year includes minority stakes in Culver City’s Indigenous Media, a producer of scripted digital series, and New York-based Believe Entertainment, which works with advertisers to create multi-platform digital-branded entertainment.
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The Los Angeles-based Zealot Networks touts itself as a “digital-first media company »
- Tony Maglio
It’s nearly eight years since Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie starred in Robert Zemeckis and Neil Gaiman’s Beowulf movie. As such, it has been deemed time for a new take on the legendary poem. ITV is taking a crack at it, reimagining the 9th century story as a 13-part television series.
“Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story — it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also listened because they recognized themselves and their fears in it.”
“By holding a mirror up to them, this story helped define them and thus us, »
In the span of just a few hours, the city of Silverton, Oklahoma is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters they’ve ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into The Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm…
What was the draw for you to be a part of Into the Storm?
Sarah Wayne Callies: I »
- Phil Wheat
ITV has officially commissioned new 13-part drama Beowulf, a re-imagining of the Old English epic poem.
Described as a Western set in the Dark Ages of Britain's mythic past, the story sees Beowulf return to his hometown of Herot following years spent wandering the country as a mercenary warrior.
When Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendel, Beowulf is left with no choice but to hunt it down, winning him favour with Herot's new female Thane and the wider community.
Writer and executive producer Dormer (Strike Back, Wallander) said: "Hundreds of years ago our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story - it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also »
The thirteen-episode series, which ITV has greenlit, is set in the mythical Shieldlands and described as a "western set in the Dark Ages of Britain's mythic past". Both humans and fantastical creatures populate this world which will actually be filmed in England's North East.
Tim Haines ("Primeval," "Sinbad") and Katie Newman ("Primeval: New World") will executive produce, Stephen Smallwood ("Ripper Street," "The Day of the Triffids") will produce. Filming is slated to begin in April, but there's no casting locked down as yet.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The U.K. broadcaster ITV, which has greenlit the series, describes it as “a Western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past.”
The 13-part series is set in the mythical Shieldlands, “a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures,” said ITV. Dormer will write and executive produce the show, which will be filmed in England’s North East. Filming will begin in April 2015. There are no casting details at present.
In the first episode Beowulf returns, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar — the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, »
- Leo Barraclough
Sky1's new medical drama Critical has unveiled its first trailer.
The 13-part series is told in real time like 24 and focuses on a hospital's trauma unit.
The show also stars Catherine Walker (Strike Back), who plays trauma registrar Fiona Lomas, with Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport and junior doctor Harry Bennett-Edwardes played by Kimberley Nixon from Fresh Meat.
James said: "The chance to work with Jed again and to come home to be part of such an exciting and ballsy project was too good an opportunity to turn down."
Production on the show began in February, with the series set to air in 2015. »
Into The Storm covers just a few hours in the city of Silverton, Oklahoma but over a crazy period as it’s ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters, the biggest anyone has ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, and storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come…
I had a lot of fun at this movie and sometimes it’s great just to switch off and go on the ride, and Into The Storm definitely has plenty of thrills and escapism! Here’s a really great further insight from Sarah Wayne Callies, also the star of The Walking Dead, regarding her »
- David Agnew
Sonar, formerly known as Rhi, will distribute all of Scott Free London’s projects following the deal which was agreed by its chief executive Gene Stein. The two companies signed a distribution deal for forthcoming BBC and FX drama Taboo [pictured] earlier this year and have now formalised a long-term arrangement.
The deal has enabled Scott Free to beef up its development team.
Scott Free London is also recruiting for a junior development role.
Head of TV Kate Crowe said: “The deal with Sonar has meant that we can increase the team and ramp up development. It will give us the wherewithal to expand.”
Scott Free London »
Black Friday may be over, but today comes that other big shopping day of the year and this one exclusively online - Cyber Monday.
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Recommendations: "The Best of Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection" normally retails at $600 and is available today for just under $200. The set includes both the Blu-ray »
- Garth Franklin
Tom Cullen has joined ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose, as filming begins on the series.
Charlotte Randle has also signed up to play Julie, Jason's sister.
The Trials of Jimmy Rose follows notorious armed robber Jimmy Rose, who is released from prison only to find that his family have moved on with their lives.
The move marks the biggest shake-up in the talent agency business since Natasha Harrison and Lee-Anne Higgins departed Shanahan Management three years ago and formed United Management with Trish McAskill and Catherine Handley.
Us-born, Perth-raised Devon Terrell, who left Rgm earlier this year, has landed the lead in Codes of Conduct, HBO.s drama pilot from Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave). Terrell, who graduated from Nida last year, is playing a young black man who enters New York high society.
Huska, who had been with Rgm for 10 years, departed in June. She had known Dainty, whom she met via an Rgm client, »
- Don Groves
Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords ambassador who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren.
Karellen’s reassuring words and technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, triggering decades of seeming utopia (albeit at the cost of human identity and culture). Yet his refusal to reveal his physical appearance — and insistence on dealing only through Ricky — cause some people to question his intentions. »
The first in a six-book series dubbed the 'Victor The Assassin' franchise, the critically acclaimed work follows a mysterious and charismatic killer whose conscience begins to catch up with him and puts him at odds with his employers.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Studiocanal has hired Alex Holmes to adapt The Killer for Pierre Morel to direct. This comes after Studiocanal acquired rights to Tom Wood’s critically acclaimed Victor The Assassin book franchise, with Morel attached along with The Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment. Studiocanal and Morel collaborated on The Gunman, the action thriller starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone that Open Road Films will release in February. They are hoping to hatch a franchise with Wood’s six-book series. The Killer is the first book in that series. It centers on Victor, a mysterious, quick-witted and charismatic gun for hire whose conscience begins to catch up with him and as a result puts him at odds with his employers.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Hong Kong – Malaysian actress and martial arts superstar Michelle Yeoh, recently shooting “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II,” and Will Yun Lee will give a significant Asian angle to the fourth season of Cinemax action drama series “Strike Back.”
The final series of ten episodes is now shooting in Europe after a break enforced by an injury sustained off set by returning series star Sullivan Stapleton. Production will continue towards the end of the year with additional filming in Thailand.
Season four is directed by Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Brendan Maher, and written by Bassett, Jack Lothian, James Dormer, Richard Zajdlic, Ed Whitmore and Tim Vaughan.
The series sees Stapleton (“300: The Rise of an Empire,” “Gangster Squad”) and Philip Winchester (“Crusoe”) return as a pair of counter-terrorism operatives. They are joined by Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood,”), Michelle Lukes (“Doctors”) and »
- Patrick Frater
Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester will be back as Strike Back leads Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge, with Robson Green (Philip Locke), Michelle Lukes (Sgt Richmond) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez) also returning.
Mad Dogs star Beesley takes on the role of an ex-pat gangster in the new episodes, which will also feature guest appearances from Game of Thrones actor Michael McElhatton, Highlander: The Series star Adrian Paul and Spartacus actor Dustin Clare.
Joining her will be "The Wolverine" stars Will Yun Lee and Masa Yamaguchi, former "Highlander: The Series" lead Adrian Paul, "Spartacus" stars Dustin Clare and Christian Antidormi, "Game of Thrones" actors Joseph Gatt and Michael McElhatton, Ufc fighter Michael Bisping and a raft of British thesis including Max Beesley, Tim McInnerny, Leo Gregory, Mark Griffin, Andrew Pleavin and Eliza Hope Bennett.
This final set of ten episodes is scheduled to air sometime in 2015
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
"Strike Back" has announced who is joining the cast for the Cinemax series' fourth season.
Michelle Yeoh from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II," Dustin Clare, who starred in Starz's "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," Will Yun Lee of HBO’s “True Blood," James Wilby from “Gosford Park," "Highlander" series star Adrian Paul, "Banshee's" Joseph Gatt, Christian Antidormi from “Spartacus: War of the Damned” and British mixed martial arts champion and Ufc fighter Michael Bisping are all a part of the Season 4 ...
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The Cinemax action-drama series Strike Back recently resumed production on Season 4 (its final season) in Europe, the network said today. The show’s production had been on hiatus to allow star Sullivan Stapleton the chance to recuperate from a non-set-related injury sustained earlier this year. Production on Strike Back Season 4 will continue through the fall, with additional production in Thailand, according to Cinemax. In the release about the restarting of production, Cinemax also mentioned that several new cast members are now on board, including Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II), Dustin Clare (the Spartacus series), Will Yun Lee … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
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