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Acorn Falls For Irish Drama ‘Striking Out’ In Co-Production Deal

22 August 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Acorn Media Enterprises is continuing its move into originals, teaming with Blinder Films, Dcd Rights and RTÉ as the North American co-producing partner on Irish legal drama Striking Out. The series will premiere on Ireland’s RTÉ in early 2017 and make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV next year. The four-part drama is eyed as a returnable and centers on the tumultuous professional and personal life of Dublin-based solicitor Tara (Moone Boy‘s Amy Huberman) and her fledgling law… »

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Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway

21 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival guests will include director Jim Sheridan and actress Ruth Negga.

Netflix-acquired war-drama The Siege of Jadotville - which tells the true story of a battalion under attack in the Congo in the 1960s - leads a strong line-up of Irish cinema at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh (July 5 - 10). 

The film stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led an Irish battalion of United Nations soldiers during a tense stand-off against local troops and foreign mercenaries in the Congo in 1961. 

The Parallel Film-produced title, a directorial debut by Richie Smyth based on the novel by Irish journalist Declan Power, will have a special screening at the Fleadh. 

It is one of several Irish films that will bow at the Fleadh, which runs from July 5th-10th. The festival will also focus on world cinema and Finnish cinema. Guests include director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga and screenwriter Kirsten Smith

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Mum: ace BBC Two comedy renewed for series 2

17 June 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan will return in series 2 of Stefan Golaszewski's very funny, very tender sitcom Mum...

Great news for fans of BBC Two's warm-hearted sitcom Mum: Cathy, Michael, Kelly and co. will all be back for a second series.

BBC Two has confirmed that a further six episodes of the beautifully balanced comedy will be filmed in 2017.  

The first series, which concluded tonight on BBC Two, spanned a year in the life of the recently widowed Cathy (Lesley Manville). It was a deft combination of subtle human insight, outrageous characters and an involving understated romantic story with terrific performances from Manville and Peter Mullan.

Mum was created by Stefan Golaszewski and shares the single location trick of his previous sitcom Him & Her. Instead of Steve and Becky's messy flat, its episodes take place entirely in Cathy's suburban semi, where she's attempting to »

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Paris Co-production Village unveils 2016 line-up

14 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New projects from Evgeny Ruman [pictured], Lav Diav, Ian Fitzgibbon and Frances Bodomo to attend.Scroll down for full list of projects

Evgeny Ruman, Lav Diav, Ian Fitzgibbon and Joko Anwar will be among the directors presenting new projects at the third edition of the Paris Co-production Village in June.

A joint venture between Les Arcs European Film Festival and Champs Elysées Film Festival, the event will unfold June 8-10 in Paris as part of the latter event’s Industry Days. Its aim is to connect international film-makers and producers with French production and sales partners.

The line-up for Us in Progress has also been unveiled featuring seven projects including Easy Living by Adam Keleman who was assistant director on Brooklyn.

The central Co-production Village selection features 12 projects, hailing from Europe, Asia and Latin America, the Us and Israel.

Israeli film-maker Evgeny Ruman will present Golden Voices, his third film after The Man In The Wall which played »

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BBC Acquires Majority Interest in Steve Coogan Production Banner as CEO Departs

7 April 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has taken on a majority stake in Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions, which is undergoing leadership transition with the departure of CEO Henry Normal.

Coogan will take on a broader role at the prosperous banner that is home to comedies “Moone Boy,” “Gavin & Stacey,” Coogan’s “Alan Partridge” and “The Trip” and also produced the Oscar-nommed 2013 pic “Philomena.” BBC Worldwide, the Beeb’s commercial arm, has upped its stake in the company to 73%. It previously acquired 25% in 2008.

The company will launch a search for a new CEO. Coogan is stepping up to lead the creative direction of the company.

“Baby Cow has the most incredible record of originating new comedy, attracting the best writers and producers in the business,” said Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s managing director of content. “While Henry will be much missed, and a tough act to follow, I have every faith that the »

- Variety Staff

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CEO/Co-Founder Henry Normal Exiting Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions; BBC Worldwide Increases Stake In Indie

7 April 2016 5:49 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Henry Normal, co-founder and CEO of Baby Cow Productions, the indie he set up with Steve Coogan in 1999, is exiting. Coogan will assume a broader role as part of the transition, and BBC Worldwide, which already is part-owner, will increase its stake to 73%. The prolific company’s credits include TV series Gavin And Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy, and Alan Partridge. Normal has executive produced all of the Baby Cow’s output and was also executive producer on Philomena… »

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CEO/Co-Founder Henry Normal Exiting Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions; BBC Worldwide Increases Stake In Indie

7 April 2016 5:49 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Henry Normal, co-founder and CEO of Baby Cow Productions, the indie he set up with Steve Coogan in 1999, is exiting. Coogan will assume a broader role as part of the transition, and BBC Worldwide, which already is part-owner, will increase its stake to 73%. The prolific company’s credits include TV series Gavin And Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy, and Alan Partridge. Normal has executive produced all of the Baby Cow’s output and was also executive producer on Philomena… »

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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Likely Stories’ Heads to Sky Arts

11 February 2016 4:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short stories are set to be produced in a new four-part adaptation for Sky Arts, the channel has confirmed.

“Likely Stories” is produced by Sid Gentle Films and will be directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the duo behind Nick Cave docu “20,000 Days on Earth.” Jarvis Cocker will score the four 30-minute stories, which will topline George MacKay (“Pride”), Tom Hughes (“The Game”), Johnny Vegas (“Moone Boy”), Kenneth Cranham (“Maleficent”) and Rita Tushingham (“Doctor Zhivago”).

The “dark and strange” London-set tales will center on the act of storytelling in a world that moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy. Gaiman will appear in each story in an “unusual way,” with subtle nods to his wider work that will appeal to his fanbase.

The four adaptations are titled “Foreign Parts,” a story of identity, ghostly tales “Feeders & Eaters” and “Closing Time” and the life-spanning story “Looking for the Girl. »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Sky Arts To Tell Neil Gaiman’s ‘Likely Stories’ With George MacKay, Tom Hughes

11 February 2016 2:34 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A four-part adaptation of short stories penned by Neil Gaiman, Likely Stories will be produced by Sid Gentle Films for Sky Arts. Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth helmers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are directing. Jarvis Cocker is scoring the half hours which star George MacKay (Pride), Tom Hughes (The Game), Johnny Vegas (Moone Boy), Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) and Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago). Set in London, the “dark and strange” stories center on the act of… »

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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy

27 January 2016 8:50 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Joseph Fiennes, who was BAFTA nominated for “Shakespeare in Love,” is set to play the late singer Michael Jackson in “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” a one-off, half-hour comedy ordered by U.K. pay TV network Sky, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Stockard Channing will play Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox will take the part of Marlon Brando in the show, which re-enacts a road trip the three friends allegedly made following the New York terrorist attacks in September 2001. In an attempt to get home to the West Coast, the trio are said to have driven from New York to Ohio, with frequent stops at fast-food restaurants, at Brando’s insistence. The trip was written about in an article in Vanity Fair. Some of Taylor’s friends claim she did not make the trip.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Fiennes conceded the incongruity of a white actor being asked to play an African American singer. »

- Leo Barraclough

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