Uma Thurman To Present Lumière Prize To Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino muse Uma Thurman will be on hand Friday in Lyon to present the director with the fifth annual Lumière Prize, organizers said today. Tarantino is receiving the award for his body of work, his love of cinema, “the tributes he pays inside his own films to the entire mythology of the 7th art” and for “the way he’s always saying ‘Vive le cinéma!’ ” The ceremony will be part of the Lumière Festival of retrospectives and restored vintage titles that is overseen by Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute president Bertrand Tavernier.
Per-Olav Sørensen Prepping Norwegian Mini ‘The Heavy Water War’
While Danny Boyle is prepping Telemark, a miniseries for FX in the U.S., Norwegian director Per-Olav Sørensen is putting together a similarly themed mini in Norway. The Heavy Water War is based on the true story of the Allied Forces’ 1943 commando raid on a Norwegian factory plant to stop production of heavy water for Nazi Germany’s atomic bomb. Cineuropa reports that Norwegian actors Espen Kloumann Høiner (Oslo, August 31st), Dennis Storhøi and German actor Christoph Bach are lined up as leads in the six-part, €9.2M series. Trollhunter and Max Manus producer John M. Jacobsen also says that Anna Friel and Pip Torrens have joined the cast, per the report. Petter Rosenlund wrote the script for the Filmkameratene co-production with NRK, Sebasto Film, and the UK’s Headline Pictures in collaboration with Svensk Filmindustri. Shooting gets underway in November.
England’s Twofour Merging With Wales-Based Boom Pictures
UK media group Twofour is merging with indie production outfit Boom Pictures. Twofour’s global businesses include Twofour Broadcast, Twofour Rights and Twofour Digital. Boom Pictures companies include former ITV drama execs Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes’ MainStreet Pictures as well as Boomerang, Apollo and Delightful Industries, postproduction outfit Gorilla, talent agency Harlequin and documentary producer Indus Films. Via the merger, Boom will now move into the entertainment and features space. Boom is headquartered in Cardiff, Wales and Twofour is based in Plymouth, England. The deal was supported by private equity firm LDC. Twofour’s credits inlcude producing Splash! for ITV. Twofour Rights will become the group’s in-house distribution arm and Twofour Broadcast’s Los Angeles office gives Boom a base in the U.S. The Twofour labels will retain their names and branding. There are also some executive changes: Twofour CEO Charles Wace will step down, but will remain involved through his new roles on the Boom board as non-executive chairman of Twofour and a non-executive director of Boom; Melanie Leach will continue in her role as MD of Twofour Broadcast, and will become an exec director of Boom; Mark Hawkins will continue as MD of Twofour Digital and Rocket Science and will become an exec director of Boom; Anthony Hughes will become commercial director of Boom and will continue to head up Twofour Rights; and Tim Jackman will become legal and business affairs director of Boom.
BBC Marketing Exec Louise Holmes Joins Comedy Central UK
Comedy Central UK which airs shows from its sister channel in the U.S. as well as original commissions, is bringing in Louise Holmes as VP Programming. Holmes will oversee programming, scheduling and research in the UK and across other territories managed by the UK office. She starts on November 25. Currently, Holmes is Head of Marketing for BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four. She previously spent four years as Channel Director at Discovery Networks Italy.