Clock To Start Ticking For Indian ’24’
Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor is getting to work on the Indian version of the TV series 24. The actor, who was featured in the final season of Fox/20th TV’s real-time drama, will produce via his Anil Kapoor Film Co. He’ll also play the Jack Bauer character, now reportedly named Jai Singh Rathod, in the local take. According to BollywoodLife, production was due to kick off this week at Kapoor’s Stage 21 studio near Mumbai. Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo is helming the series and Rensil D’Silva, who’s directing Sanjay Dutt’s Ungli, is scripting. The local broadcast partner is Viacom-owned Colors. Kapoor will next be seen on the big screen in Shootout At Wadala directed by Sanjay Gupta.
Mike Blair To Shiver
ITV Studios UK’s factual division, Shiver, has named Mike Blair as executive producer. He moves over from the post of editor of current affairs at ITV where he oversaw news magazine Exposure, the show that famously blew the lid off of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal. He will now be responsible for overseeing existing programs and developing new projects. Shiver produced the award-winning Exposure piece, The Other Side of Jimmy Savile and also produces reality eating competition Come Dine With Me, among other titles.
Apple Blames Hollywood For High-Priced Movies & Music In Oz
Apple would love to charge Australians lower prices for its movies, TV shows and music, but copyright owners and local taxes won’t allow it. That’s how Apple Australia VP Tony King justified the differential between U.S. and Oz pricing for its products when he appeared at a House of Representatives committee examining international technology pricing on Friday. Consumer organization Choice claims Australians pay on average 52% more than Americans for the same top 50 iTunes songs. King said Apple would “love to see lower content prices,” but noted that record labels and TV and movie rights owners are responsible for setting digital content prices in different markets and they should be called before the committee. Reps of Microsoft and Adobe also fronted the committee. All three companies refused to appear last year but were warned if they failed to turn up they could be held in contempt of Parliament. – Don Groves
Screen Australia Greenlights Docs On JFK, Afghanistan
Cordell Jigsaw Productions and Muse Entertainment will produce JFK: The Smoking Gun, a 90-minute documentary that follows a former Australian cop-turned-crime-writer as he sets out to uncover the truth behind assassination of John F. Kennedy. It will air on ReelzChannel in the U.S., Discovery Canada and SBS Australia. Among other factual projects greenlit Thursday by Screen Australia are Afghanistan: The Australian War, commissioned by pubcaster ABC-TV and ABC Commercial; science documentary series Tales Of The Unexpected for Smithsonian Networks and SBS; Trucking Hell for the Seven Network and National Geographic Television International; and Frank Gehry’s Treehouse, which looks at the famous architect when he designed his first Australian building in Sydney, for ABC-TV and BBC Imagine. – Don Groves