Gemma Arterton Coming To West End With ‘Made In Dagenham’
Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is set to star in a West End musical version of 2010 film Made In Dagenham. She’ll play Rita O’Grady, a role originated by Sally Hawkins in the Nigel Cole-directed movie. The show is a musical comedy about women who battled for equal rights at a Ford factory in Essex, England, in 1968. The BBC reports that Richard Bean, who wrote One Man, Two Guvnors, is penning the script for the show, which opens November 5 at the Adelphi Theater. Rupert Goold (Enron, American Psycho) is directing. Arterton recently starred onstage in The Duchess Of Malfi.
Dave Heuten Joins FremantleMedia’s Belgian Production Unit
FremantleMedia has hired Dave Heuten as co-managing director of its production arm in Belgium. The former SBS executive will drive the creative vision of the business including developing and selling FremantleMedia formats into the Belgian market across all platforms. He previously was program manager and head of formats at SBS Belgium and also executive line producer at Zodiak. His credits include such series as Peking Express, India Celebrity Express, Beyond Boundaries and Mercator. Heuten starts this month, replacing Kristine Willems.
‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ Journeying To Middle East
Endemol’s Your Face Sounds Familiar is headed to the Middle East with a 10-episode order. The celebrity talent show with a comedy twist will air in primetime on MBC4 and MBC Egypt. Produced by Endemol Middle East, the program will feature well-known local personalities. Created by Endemol Spain, Your Face Sounds Familiar launched in 2011 and has sold to more than 30 territories including the U.S., the UK, China, and across Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Canal Plus Group Takes A Bite Of Studio Bagel
France’s Canal Plus Group has acquired a majority stake in Studio Bagel, the leading network of comedy channels on YouTube in the country. Created in 2012, Studio Bagel brings together popular talents on YouTube and produces channels that include Studio Bagel, Les Tutos and Le Dezapping. The channels reach nearly 6 million subscribers with more than 40 million videos viewed each month. Lorenzo Benedetti, founder and CEO of Studio Bagel, will continue to run the company within Canal Plus OTT, the new Canal Plus Group web and mobile division.