Channel 4 Boss Talks Film
David Abraham, CEO of Channel 4, will speak about his channel’s filmmaking for the first time at the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) Film Conference on March 3. Ed Vaizey, the UK arts minister, will be giving the other keynote speech.
James Corden Starts BBC Comedy Pilot
The comedian and actor, who co-created hit BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, is filming The Wrong Mans, a single-camera half-hour pilot for the Beeb. Corden has written the show with co-star Matthew Baynton, who was also in Gavin & Stacey. The director is Jim Field Smith (She’s Out of My League), who’s just come off Hugh Jackman-starrer Butter for The Weinstein Company.
U.S. Broadcasters Sniffing Round ‘Misfits’
It looks set to be the next Channel 4 drama out of the UK to be adapted for US TV. Murray Ferguson, who produces the show for youth channel E4, tells me there’s been considerable interest in a possible US remake from both US networks and cable channels. Ferguson, CEO of prod co Clerkenwell Films, says nothing’s been decided yet. Showtime is slated to premiere the US version of Shameless January 9. And MTV is developing another Channel 4 teen drama, Skins.
Pathe/Film4 Take On Brit Thriller ‘Sister’
Corinna Faith, a TV director making her feature debut, is attached to write and direct. The producer is Lisa Williams of Free Range Films, and the executive producer is Kevin Loader (Wuthering Heights), who tells me shooting could happen by the end of next year. Sister is a bestselling thriller that’s only just been published here in Britain. UK publisher Piatkus has sold has around 250,000 copies since publication in September. Random House/Crown will publish in the US in June.