Egypt Extends Detention Of Canadian Filmmaker Held Since August
Egyptian authorities have extended the detention of Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and his colleague Tarek Loubani, who have been held since August without being charged. Officials say they are being held during an investigating of items found in the men’s hotel room, including a camera attached to a small plane. The Canadian government has called for the release of Greyson and Loubani, who have been on a hunger strike in jail for the past two weeks. There also were several shows of support during the Toronto Film Festival. They were en route to Gaza on a humanitarian mission August 14 when they asked Cairo police for directions and were arrested. Amnesty International says scores of those arrested since have been deprived of their basic legal rights.
Helen Flint Launches TV Company Little Island Productions
Former Company Pictures exec Helen Flint has formed Little Island Productions with a view to producing scripted drama for the UK and global markets. Flint spent eight years with All3Media’s Company Pictures (The White Queen) and produced 2006 award winner Longford. Company’s Alex Protherough is joining Flint at Little Island as Production Executive. Little Island will also sport a production services arm to aid international and UK domestic companies seeking to benefit from the new UK TV tax credit.
Death Of Popular ‘Bridget Jones’ Character Outrages Brits
Britons were up in arms over the weekend when it was revealed that Helen Fielding has killed off the beloved Mark Darcy. The Bridget Jones author’s latest book, Mad About The Boy, was excerpted in The Sunday Times Magazine revealing the top barrister’s death. In the published extracts, Darcy has perished five years before the book picks up, and Bridget is spending time with a 30-year-old boytoy called Roxster. Per The Guardian, Fielding’s publisher, Jonathan Cape, said the new book would “give a voice to the more mature social media-obsessed concerns of the women who grew up with Bridget.” Daniel Cleaver, however, reportedly has not changed. A third Bridget Jones film has been in the works at Working Title. Mad About The Boy will be published in the UK on October 10.
Laura Dickens Returns to DDA Public Relations
DDA Public Relations has appointed Laura Dickens as the new head of its UK publicity team. Dickens is returning to the company after a stint as Publicity Manager at Universal Pictures UK. She will take over responsibility for all current and future UK-based consumer campaigns at DDA as well as developing and expanding the UK team and integrating specialists from digital and social media to create a hybrid department offering a portfolio of services. Dickens’ appointment coincides with the launch of DDA’s company rebrand.
Alki David’s FilmOn Partners With France 24
Alki David’s FilmOn has found a new partner. Saying his company had delivered another “killer blow” to its rivals, David said FilmOn has pacted with news channel France 24. Under the new agreement, FilmOn users will be able to view France 24’s rolling package of news and current affairs on PCs and smartphones and in several languages. The deal follows similar agreements with TVE of Spain and Deutsche Welle of Germany. FilmOn’s SVP Programming, Gary Shoefield, will be negotiating further content-sharing deals at Mipcom next week with a view to adding at least five major national broadcasters by the end of the year.
Sierra/Engine Television To Launch ‘The Black Box’ At Mipcom
Sierra/Engine Television will launch ABC series The Black Box at Mipcom next week. ABC gave a straight-to-series order to the drama in June, and production starts next month in New York. Directed by Simon Curtis and starring Kelly Reilly, Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Kinney, the series centers on a world-renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness. The Black Box is written by Amy Holden Jones and produced by Bold Films. Executive producers include Jones, Anne Thomopoulos, Bryan Singer, Oly Obst and Ilene Chaiken. Tele München Gruppe has German-speaking Europe and Modern Times Group acquired the series for Scandinavia.