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Mipcom 2018: Digital Buyers, Drama & Consolidation Chat Dominate Cannes As Star-Studded TV Fest Comes To A Close

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Mipcom 2018: Digital Buyers, Drama & Consolidation Chat Dominate Cannes As Star-Studded TV Fest Comes To A Close
There was certainly a buzz in the air at this week’s Mipcom. The market felt genuinely busy and a raft of A-list talent such as Ben Stiller, Issa Rae and Jenna Coleman gave it a spark of glamor. Some 13,800 delegates, including 4,800 buyers from 110 countries attended the international television market, which was dominated by chatter about the growth of digital buyers and the “never-ending” drama boom as well as concerns over what media consolidation means for the global market (as well as traditional complaints about the rain and the airport-style security).

Endeavor boss Ari Emanuel talked up his plans to acquire more content companies, Insecure star Rae discussed the importance of diverse storytellers, while joking that even “white people are tired of seeing white-people shows” and Facebook made a splash with the news that it was rebooting The Real World online.

NBC Universal was conspicuous in Cannes thanks to its
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Altitude boards Julian Jarrold's UK drama 'Sulphur And White' (exclusive)

Altitude boards Julian Jarrold's UK drama 'Sulphur And White' (exclusive)
The film stars Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

Altitude Film Sales has taken international rights to Julian Jarrold’s Sulphur And White, starring Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

The film is based on the true story of City trader and mountaineer David Tait, a man whose professional success masks a series of traumatic secrets.

Mike Elliott of London and Manchester-based Emu Films has produced the film with Alan Govinden of Amg International Films. It is written by Susie Farrell, whose credits include Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, also for Emu. Sulphur And White
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Butterfly review – an important, truthful drama about a transgender child

While there is a sense of touchstones being arranged, Tony Marchant’s drama is delicate, compassionate and moving

‘Go upstairs and get changed,” has a special meaning in the Duffy household. Rather than a harried instruction, it is a moment of profound liberation for 11-year-old Max, the central figure in Butterfly (ITV), the new three-part drama from Tony Marchant. He is able to take off his hated school uniform and, in the privacy of his own home, dress as he wishes – like the girl he feels himself to be. But his mother, Vicky (Anna Friel) – torn between the desire to let her son be happy and to protect him – reminds Max: “You’re a boy on the outside. In public, you do what boys do.”

As you might expect from the first mainstream drama about a transgender child who wants to transition, there is a sense of touchstones being arranged.
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This week’s best home entertainment: from Butterfly to Making a Murderer

Anna Friel stars in ITV’s new drama, while we revisit the case of Steven Avery in Making a Murderer over on Netflix

It is a sign of the growing awareness around the trans experience that even the oh-so-mainstream ITV is tackling the topic head-on. This primetime drama stars Anna Friel and Emmett J Scanlan as a separated couple who move back in together when their child (Callum Booth-Ford) begins identifying as female, a story that’s handled with clarity and nuance.

Sunday 14 October, 9pm, ITV
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How Anna Friel’s new drama depicts the transitioning experience

ITV’s Butterfly, which centres on the life of a transgender child, is the latest suburban family drama to skewer the genre. Does it succeed?

At first glance, Butterfly, which starts later this month on ITV, uses a well-worn mainstream drama set-up. Vicky, played by Anna Friel, is an amiable but troubled mum who lives in an airy, pleasantly middle-class semi. Her career plans are uncertain, her mother (Alison Steadman) is a judgmental hindrance, and her estranged husband (Emmett J Scanlan) has started picking up their two kids for the weekend with his new girlfriend waiting in the car.

All that is thrown into relief when the beginning of secondary school finally prompts the family’s younger child, Max (Callum Booth-Ford), to publicly identify as Maxine, after years of wearing girls’ clothes at home. With Friel the supportive parent who isn’t sure how to protect her child, and Scanlan
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‘Marcella’ Coming Back for Netflix and ITV (Exclusive)

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‘Marcella’ Coming Back for Netflix and ITV (Exclusive)
Anna Friel will return for a third season of “Marcella” on Netflix and ITV, after a new season of the show got the green light.

Friel won an international Emmy for playing the title character in the drama series, which goes out on free-to-air channel ITV in Britain and on Netflix globally. The show is written by Hans Rosenfeldt, who also created Nordic noir hit “The Bridge.” “Marcella” was his first English-language series.

Rosenfeldt is currently penning the third season, which will run to eight parts. The producers promise that the new run will delve deeper into the psychology of Marcella, a troubled detective dealing with mental health issues and a demanding job and family. Friel has talked about Marcella resonating with viewers precisely because she is both complex and relatable.

The series is produced by Tony Wood’s U.K.-based Buccaneer Media. “Hans Rosenfeldt has proven himself to
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James Norton & Anna Friel Talent Agency The Artists Partnership Launches Production Division

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James Norton & Anna Friel Talent Agency The Artists Partnership Launches Production Division
The Artists Partnership, the UK agency that looks after the likes of Idris Elba and Emily Blunt, is moving into production.

The company has launched The Development Partnership to develop and produce television and films. It is the latest agency to move into the production space.

Headed up by Robert Taylor and group CEO Roger Charteris, The Development Partnership will work with its client list to develop projects. It will work with third party production companies on a project-by-project basis. It is currently working on scripted projects Marcella star Anna Friel and Joseph Fiennes and a feature film with McMafia star James Norton.

It already has three talent-lead premium factual series in production and a slate of feature films and scripted television projects with an array of clients and producing partners in development. It is set to hire a scripted and a non-scripted development head in the next few weeks.
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U.K. Talent Agency Begins Developing Film and TV Projects, Launches New Slate (Exclusive)

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The increasing demand for original film and TV content has resulted in players targeting earlier stages of the production process. Now talent agencies, in both the U.K. and the U.S., are arriving earlier to the dance.

The latest agency to dive into content creation is The Artists Partnership (Tap), which is launching The Development Partnership (Tdp) with a slate that includes a new take on Cyrano de Bergerac from Joseph Fiennes, a drama series with Anna Friel and a film project about a real-life con man, with James Norton.

Tap, which is part of the Marcus Evans group, aims to focus on nascent development; its new sister operation, Tdp, is working with clients from the main agency and its book-to-film department, then going out to find production partners. The Tdp team is aware that there are some sticky questions over agents getting into production – the effect it has
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‘Harlots’ Commissioner Victoria Fea Sets Up Blue Jar Pictures With ‘The Catch’ Producer Julie Anne Robinson

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Exclusive: Harlots Commissioner Victoria Fea has established a new production company with The Catch producer and Orange Is The New Black director Julie Anne Robinson after leaving British broadcaster ITV.

The pair have established Blue Jar Pictures, backed by entrepreneur David Wong, to produce “mainstream” series for U.S. and UK networks.

Fea, who has also commissioned series including Anna Friel-fronted crime drama Marcella, period drama Victoria and cop drama Unforgotten, has been with the broadcaster for eight years. She joined from Line Of Duty producer World Productions, where she worked on series including BBC drama Waking The Dead.

Robinson will continue to run her Canny Lads Productions shingle, which signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV in May 2017. She has recently sold a number of projects including high-stakes crime drama Capital with Carol Mendelsohn and a political murder mystery drama with The Art of More creator Chuck Rose,
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Nicola Shindler Appointed CEO of Studiocanal UK

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British TV veteran Nicola Shindler (“Happy Valley”) has been appointed CEO of Studiocanal’s U.K. office following the departure of Danny Perkins earlier this year. Shindler currently runs the Studiocanal-owned Red Production Company, which she founded in 1998.

In her new role at Studiocanal UK in London, Shindler will be in charge of setting up and spearheading a new in-house film production arm to develop British films, tapping into the U.K.’s vast talent pool. Studiocanal recently launched an in-house production banner in France and is preparing to bow one in Germany.

Shindler will work closely with Ron Halpern, who will continue to head third-party productions around the world, including in the U.K.

Shindler, who will start her new position on Oct. 1, will report to Didier Lupfer. She will also retain her position as CEO of Red Production Company, where Richard Fee, Michaela Fereday and Jemma Rogers will
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‘Happy Valley’ Producer & Red Founder Nicola Shindler To Become Studiocanal UK CEO

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Exclusive: Leading UK TV producer Nicola Shindler, founder of Red Production Company, is to become CEO of Studiocanal UK following the departure of long-time UK boss Danny Perkins.

Shindler will join from October 1 and will report to Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer. Maxime Saada, CEO of the Canal Plus Group and Studiocanal Chairman, just announced the hire to staff in London.

This is a semi appointment-from-within given that Vivendi-owned Studiocanal has owned a majority stake in Red since 2013. The highly-decorated Shindler will continue to oversee Red, where she has produced BAFTA-winning TV dramas including Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax. Her most recent feature was 2012 crime-drama Blood with Paul Bettany and Mark Strong.

In her new position at Studiocanal, Shindler will be tasked with setting up and running a new in-house film production arm developing British features. Studiocanal has a similar operation in France and is initiating the same in Germany.
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The Girlfriend Experience: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on Starz?

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Is experience still the best teacher? Has The Girlfriend Experience TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Starz? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Girlfriend Experience, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

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A Starz escort anthology drama, season two of The Girlfriend Experience stars Anna Friel, Louisa Krause, Carmen Ejogo, Narges Rashidi, Michael Cram, Emily Piggford, Tunde Adebimpe, Morgana Davies, and Harmony Korine. In Washington D.C., during the 2018 mid-term elections, Republican super Pac finance director Erica Myles (Friel) and Gfe provider Anna Garner (Krause) get involved in a complicated relationship, even as they set out to blackmail a dark money fundraiser. Meanwhile, the Witness Protection Program
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TV Casting: Doom Patrol, The Walking Dead, Anna Friel & Others in Deep Water, & More

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Doom Patrol, The Walking Dead, Deep Water, and other TV Show Casting Doom Patrol, The Walking Dead, Deep Water, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on: ITV, DC Universe, AMC, The CW, TNT, Showtime, Netflix, and [...]

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Anna Friel in ‘Deep Water,’ Star Joins ITV’s Female-Led Drama

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Anna Friel in ‘Deep Water,’ Star Joins ITV’s Female-Led Drama
“Marcella” star Anna Friel has been cast in “Deep Water,” the upcoming female-led drama for ITV from writer Anna Symon (“Indian Summers”). Friel will star alongside Sinead Keenan (“Little Boy Blue”) and Rosalind Eleazar (“Howards End”) in the six-parter, which hails from Endemol Shine producer Kudos.

The female leads play complex and vibrant women struggling to keep their heads above water. With children of the same age, they meet at the school gates as their personal dramas unfold. International Emmy winner Friel plays Lisa, a mother of three trying to juggle her hectic family life with running a business. Keenan is Roz, a debt-ridden physiotherapist, and Eleazar plays Kate, a wealthy and attractive mother of two who makes a spontaneous life-changing decision.

The series is adapted by Symon from the Windermere series of novels by critically-acclaimed author, Paula Daly. It set in the U.K.’s picturesque Lake District.

“Anna
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Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan & Rosalind Eleazar To Front ITV Drama ‘Deep Water’

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Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan & Rosalind Eleazar To Front ITV Drama ‘Deep Water’
Marcella’s Anna Friel, Little Boy Blue’s Sinead Keenan and Howards End’s Rosalind Eleazar are to star in ITV drama Deep Water.

The trio are fronting the six-part series, which is an adaptation of Paula Daly’s Windermere novels, which begins filming in the Cumbrian countryside this week.

The series is a female-led relationship drama, produced by Broadchurch indie Kudos and written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers). It focuses on the lives of three women living in the Lake District, a modern look at family and the pressures of juggling busy lives.

Friel plays mother of three Lisa Kallisto, who juggles her hectic family life with running a business. Chaotic and disorganised, Lisa, is married to Joe who works night and day as a taxi driver. Physiotherapist Roz, played by Keenan once had a thriving private practice, but the debts run up by her soulmate Winston leave the family facing financial ruin.
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‘Marcella’ Producer Lands TV Rights to Hot Novel ‘The Doll Factory’ (Exclusive)

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The team behind Netflix and ITV hit “Marcella” have scooped the TV rights to “The Doll Factory,” an eagerly anticipated thriller set in 1850s London. Buccaneer Media will adapt Elizabeth Macneal’s novel for TV, with the drama producer’s founder, Tony Wood, and development executive Anna Burns exec producing.

The book is hot property, with numerous bidders for the publishing rights. Pan Macmillan/Picador ultimately won an auction, beating more than a dozen rivals. Simon & Schuster/Emily Bestler Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights in a two-book deal with Macneal. Both will issue “The Doll Factory” in 2019.

The story follows Iris, an aspiring artist who works in a doll-making shop, and Silas, a reclusive collector. They meet by chance in London’s Hyde Park during the construction of The Great Exhibition of 1851, which is the start of Silas’ increasingly dark obsession with Iris.

In addition to Anna Friel-starrer “Marcella,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 12)

1982: Guiding Light's Justin deal with the Jackie's death.

1991: Days of our Lives' Frankie and Eve left Salem.

2007: One Life to Live's Jessica and Nash were married.

2010: On ABC.com's What If, Erica Kane met Sonny Corinthos."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On The Guiding Light, Ed (Robert Gentry) found Bill (Ed Bryce) drunk at a bar.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Roger
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Starz’s 2018 Emmy Fyc mailer highlights ‘Outlander,’ ‘Counterpart’ & ‘Howards End’

The Emmy mailer from Starz that went out to all 23,000 Emmy voters this spring includes 40 episodes from nine programs, each on a separate DVD. They are encased in a white hardcover book that has pictures, pull quotes from critics and lists of program and acting category submissions. Only the spreads for “Counterpart” and “Howards End” specifically ask voters to consider them additionally in the Best Writing and Directing races. The boxed set also includes a heavy golden card that has codes printed on it to access the Starz online Fyc screening room and the Starz app free this summer.

The only Starz program in contention that has received Emmy nominations previously is “Outlander,” for Best Period/Fantasy Costumes and Best Period Production Design for its second season and Best Series Music for its first season. It did not contend last year as it took an extended hiatus. Starz reaped nominations
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‘Crashing’ Casts Madeline Wise; Emmett Scanlan Joins ‘Lore’

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‘Crashing’ Casts Madeline Wise; Emmett Scanlan Joins ‘Lore’
Madeline Wise is set for a recurring arc on the upcoming third season of HBO’s Crashing, from Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow. Created by and starring Holmes, Crashing draws on Holmes’ own experiences as a comedian, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy. Wise will play an outgoing city girl who inspires Pete to embrace his ambition. Wise has received critical praise for her role in Cute Activist at Brooklyn’s Bushwick Starr theater. She also stars in the comedy web series Whatever This Is, directed by Adam Goldman. Her theater credits include Winnie Holzman’s Choice, and The Outs, and The Peacekeepers, directed by Charlie Reeves. She is represented by Bret Adams in New York and Insight in Los Angeles.

Irish actor Emmett Scanlan (Safe) is set for a role on the upcoming second season of Amazon’s horror anthology series Lore. Scanlan will appear
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From EastEnders to Broad City: how bisexuality found its place on TV

After decades of underrepresentation, the small screen is finally playing host to a range of bisexual characters in everything from British soaps to Us sitcoms

The bisexual community has always been, rather unfairly, a tad ignored. The B isn’t exactly the letter that jumps out at you in Lgbt, especially now it is competing with a Q, an A, an I and a plus as part of Lgbtqia+. An entire Scrabble board of queer acronym. If not ignored entirely, bisexuals are often disparaged; painted by turns greedy, indecisive, confused or even predatory. But there has been one big boost to positive bi representation and visibility in the past few years – on the small screen.

Gay characters and storylines came out a while ago. That lesbian kiss between Anna Friel and Nicola Stephenson on Brookside happened way back in 1994. Gay sex was depicted in Queer As Folk in the late 90s.
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