Matthew Lewis Joins ‘Bluestone 42’; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed
Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies, has joined the cast of Bluestone 42, the BBC Three comedy/drama about a fictional bomb-disposal detachment in Afghanistan. Lewis will play an ammunition technician from Leeds with a penchant for danger. The second season of Bluestone 42 starts filming later this month and returns to BBC Three with a Christmas special, followed by a six-part series in early 2014. In other BBC News, BBC One has ordered a second season of Atlantis, the fantasy adventure series that has been the biggest new Saturday night drama series launch across all channels since 2006. The 13-part series is co-produced by BBC America and is set in the mythical city of Atlantis where it re-imagines Greek myths and legends for a new generation. It was created by Merlin writer Howard Overman. Also, BBC Two has recommissioned Cillian Murphy starrer Peaky Blinders. The period gangster drama hails from Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. It has had an average 2.4M viewers across Season 1 and will return in 2014 with six new episodes. Peaky Blinders is created by Steven Knight and also stars Sam Neill and Helen McCrory.
‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’ Off The Sky Living Runway
The CW last week officially said it had ordered a 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. But the British version of the competition series will not be returning to Sky Living in the UK. Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model concluded its ninth cycle earlier this year. Sky said today: “After nearly a decade on air, BINTM won’t be returning to Sky Living next year. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the talent who have been involved in the series, with particular thanks to Thumbs Up Productions, exec producer and host Elle Macpherson and this final season’s judges Dannii Minogue and Tyson Beckford.” Sky Living is not without a model competition show, however. It’s airing the British version of The Face, co-produced by Princess Productions and Shine TV.
Lee Raftery Promoted To EVP At NBCUniversal International
NBCUniversal International Television exec Lee Raftery has been upped to the newly created post of EVP Marketing and Communications at NBCUniversal International. Raftery is based in London and has oversight over all marketing activity across NBCUniversal’s TV and new media businesses outside the U.S. To that, he’s adding responsibility for corporate communications and marketing across the international business. Denise Bassett has in turn been promoted to SVP Corporate Communications from her current post as VP Communications. Raftery joined NBCU in 2011 from Comcast International Media Group in LA and has also held key roles at Hasbro, The Walt Disney Company and Unilever.
EFA Unveils First Winners In Six Categories
The European Film Academy will announce its nominees for Best European Film, Comedy, Director, Screenwriter, Actress and Actor on November 9, but in the meantime, the group has unveiled six winners in other categories. This addition to the awards procedures follows a decision of the EFA board to draw more attention to recipients in certain domains. Asaf Sudry was named European Cinematographer 2013 for Israel’s Fill the Void; Cristiano Travaglioli is European Editor 2013 for Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes film The Great Beauty; Sarah Greenwood was named European Production Designer 2013 for Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina; Paco Delgado is European Costume Designer 2013 for Spain’s 2012 Oscar entry Blancanieves; Matz Müller and Erik Mischijew won the European Sound Designer 2013 prize for Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Faith and Ennio Morricone is European Composer 2013 for Italian hit The Best Offer. The final European Film Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Berlin on December 7.