Biddy Baxter Set For Honor At British Academy Children’s Awards
BAFTA will present TV producer and writer Biddy Baxter with its Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards on November 24. The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry. David Attenborough will make the presentation to Baxter. She first joined the BBC in 1955 as a radio studio manager, later becoming the producer of Listen With Mother and School Radio’s Junior English programs and then of BBC Television Children’s Programmes. She was editor of kids show Blue Peter from 1962-88, receiving 12 BAFTA nominations and winning two statues during her tenure. In 2003, she founded the John Hosier Music Trust to provide scholarships to enable talented but impoverished music students to undertake postgraduate studies.
TrustNordisk Sells ‘Ragnarok’ To China, India, Other Territories
TrustNordisk has concluded further deals on its Norwegian action-adventure pic Ragnarok. The film previously sold to Magnolia in the U.S. and has added China (Melting Culture Ltd.), Indonesia (Pratama Film), Spain (Artwood), Brazil (Mares Filmes LTDA) and Thailand (IPA) to its list of territories. It premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin and was released locally on October 4. It is currently the top local film of 2013 at the Norwegian box office. Ragnarok stars Kon-Tiki’s Pål Sverre Hagen as an archeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. Convinced that the ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology, he mounts an expedition to the no man’s land between Norway and Russia, which holds a terrifying secret. Mikkel Sandemose is the director.
‘Krrish 3’ Hits Indian Box Office Milestone In Record Time
Indian superhero pic Krrish 3 has become the fastest movie to break 200 crore ($31.27M) in the territory. It hit the milestone after 10 days in release, according to Bollywood Hungama. Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan’s latest outing is the third in the franchise. It earlier broke a first-week record set by 2013′s No. 1 movie, Chennai Express, the Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer that opened in August. Krrish 3 also gained in its second week, an uncommon feat for the top Indian films.
Canal Plus Group Launching YouTube Channels, Canalfactory Brand
France’s Canal Plus Group is getting on the YouTube bandwagon with the launch of several channels based on its programs, as well as a new brand for TV and web talent, Canalfactory. Beginning in December, Canal Plus will offer a network of about 20 YouTube channels designed around flagship shows like Le Grand Journal and themed programming in the areas of film, TV series, music and urban cultures. The agreement “illustrates our intention to extend the distribution of our content to video broadcasting platforms so that we can reach the largest possible number of people who love our programs, and particularly the young”, said Fabienne Fourquet, Canal’s Director of New Content. Separately, Canalfactory will provide new talent with the opportunity to increase their audience while benefiting from the support of the Canal Plus Group on short formats and original productions developed specifically for the internet.
Studio 100 Sells Animated ‘Maya The Bee’ And ‘Blinky Bill’ Pics
Production and sales company Studio 100 said today that it has sealed deals in several territories for the features Maya The Bee – Movie and Blinky Bill – Movie. The newly launched film division, part of international children’s production and distribution company Studio 100 Media GmbH, debuted at this year’s AFM with a slate of family-oriented animated films that also included Vic The Viking – Movie and Heidi – Movie. Rights to the Maya The Bee film have been sold to Planeta Junior for Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Italy, Greece and Cyprus; Sejong Communications for South Korea; and Cinetel for Hungary. The Blinky Bill pic has also been sold to Sejong Communications for South Korea, and Caravella Distribution has taken the Russian rights for the CIS territories.
BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ Taps New Execs As Part Of “Ongoing Transformation”
The BBC’s Newsnight, the 60 Minutes-like program that was plagued by scandal last year, has made new executive appointments “as part of the ongoing transformation” of the show, the pubcaster said today. Chris Cook, currently Executive Comment Editor of the Financial Times, is joining the program as Policy Editor, and David Grossman, currently Newsnight‘s political correspondent, has been made Technology Editor. The show made headlines in late 2012 for having shelved an earlier installment that would have revealed the alleged sex crimes of late Top Of The Pops host Jimmy Savile. It later made false allegations against former Margaret Thatcher adviser Lord McAlpine, throwing it into deeper hot water. The show’s fumbles resulted in the resignation of BBC Director General George Entwistle in November 2012 after just 54 days on the job.