Colombia Paging ‘ER’ With 60-Episode Order
ER is going Latino. Warner Bros International Television Production today announced the first Latin American format deal for the seminal medical series. RCN, Fox International Channels and TC have commissioned a local-language version for Colombia with a 60-episode order. Colombia’s Resonant is producing for air this spring. Originally produced in the U.S. by Constant c Productions and Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros Television, the series premiered on NBC in 1994 and ran for 15 seasons. It is the most Emmy-nominated series in history with 124 and notably helped kickstart the careers of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies. “Even though ER is a fundamental American series, its characters and situations are so strong, moving and universal that will surely find a place in the hearts of Latin American audiences,” said Fernando Gaitan, RCN’s VP Content and Production. “We are eager to have it on our screen.”
‘Tbilisi, I Love You’ Opening Next Month In Georgia
Tbilisi, I Love You, part of Emmanuel Benbihy’s Cities Of Love franchise that started with Paris Je T’Aime and New York, I Love You, has set a February 20 release date in Georgia. The movie is a series of 10 short films that are written and directed by natives of Georgia and take on a personal narrative about the republic’s capital city. Malcolm McDowell and Ron Perlman both feature. McDowell’s vignette centers on an actor who reluctantly agrees to a one-month shoot in Tbilisi and develops a love affair with the city. Perlman’s short sees him as a nameless American motorcyclist who rides through Tbilisi’s remote areas with a woman named Freedom. Tbilisi, I Love You is produced by Storyman Pictures David and Nika Agiashvili. Credo Cinema’s Jason Speer, Ever So Close’s Benbihy, as well as Paata Trapaidze are exec producers. A festival schedule is being determined. In the meantime, here’s a trailer:
Manuel Alduy Tapped As Director Of Canal OTT
Canal Plus has appointed Manuel Alduy as director of Canal OTT. The newly created post will put the former director of Canal’s cinema group in charge of the pay-TV’s web and mobile content offering in France and abroad. He will also develop the group’s multi-channel web network. Alduy is a Canal veteran who joined the company in 2001. Replacing him as head of the cinema group will be Nathalie Coste Cerdan, who came aboard in 1995 and has been director of the thematic cinema division since 2012.
Sky Drama ‘Fortitude’ To Star Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon
The UK’s Sky is putting together what it calls its “most ambitious” original British drama production to date. Fortitude will air on Sky Atlantic HD and star Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Grabol, Richard Dormer, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Pinnock and Johnny Harris. The series turns around a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle in a mining town called Fortitude. Tucci plays a detective flown in to help make sense of the murder. Created and written by Simon Donald (Low Winter Sun), Fortitude is part of Sky’s continued investment in original content; the broadcaster is fully funding the 12-part project with international distribution handled by Sky Vision. Tiger Aspect Productions Limited is producing under its Fifty Fathoms label with Sky Atlantic. The series will shoot in Iceland and the UK and is set to air later this year.
Zodiak Rights Closes Deals On Season 3 Of ‘Mankell’s Wallander’
Zodiak Rights, the distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has concluded a series of deals on the 3rd season of Swedish series Mankell’s Wallander. Yellow Bird Entertainment produces the series that’s based on the books by Henning Mankell. The BBC, which has already aired the first two seasons, has picked up the latest for broadcast and Arrow Films took UK video rights. Other deals have been sealed in Australia and New Zealand (High Gloss Entertainment), Poland (Canal Plus), Iceland (Ruv) and CIS (Mauris Business). Kip picked up the series for Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Bosnia.