Arrow Films has acquired UK rights to God’s Pocket starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sold by Electric Entertainment, the film is the feature directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery. Electric acquired it at Sundance. IFC has U.S. distribution and Arrow will release later this year in Britain. Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Caleb Landry Jones also star in the film written by Slattery and Alex Metcalf. Based on the Pete Dexter novel, the movie follows a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Arrow’s recent titles include Love Is All You Need, The Hunt and A Hijacking.
The UK’s Channel 4 has acquired premiere broadcast rights to Fargo, the 10-part series inspired by the Coen brothers film. Channel 4 will air it in the spring. The series is an original adaptation by Noah Hawley and is executive produced by Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel and Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions. MGM Television is distributing outside North America. The series premieres in the U.S. on FX in April. Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Allison Tolman and Oliver Platt star.
Noah Taylor (Game Of Thrones) and Charlotte Riley (Edge Of Tomorrow) are joining the cast of BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders. This follows news that Tom Hardy is also joining the period series set in Birmingham, England where the Shelby family lead the Peaky Blinders – a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Taylor will play the head of an organization that stands in the way of the Peaky Blinders’ plans for expansion. Riley will play an aristocrat who crosses paths with Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) as he moves into a more exclusive world. Producers have also confirmed the return of series one stars Paul Anderson, Joe Cole and Sophie Rundle. The youngest Shelby sibling will be played by newcomer Harry Kirton. All six episodes of the new series will be directed by Colm McCarthy, whose previous credits include Sherlock, Doctor Who and Endeavour. Season two is in production and will air on BBC Two in the fall. Late last year, The Weinstein Company acquired U.S. TV and VOD rights for the first three seasons with an option for others.
Amy Poehler has been set to participate in a panel at Mip-TV next month which will focus on the Comedy Central series she exec produces, Broad City. The new series is in its first season in the U.S. where it is averaging a weekly audience of 1.2M viewers. At the market, it will be launched for international syndication. The panel, which, full disclosure, I will be moderating, will explore the series’ transition from the web to TV. Poehler will be joined by the series’ Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, as well as Kent Alterman, president, content development and original programming at Comedy Central U.S. and Caroline Beaton, SVP international program sales, Viacom International Media Networks. The panel will address the impact of the web on today’s comedy development process for TV and the lessons learned about transplanting comedy from one medium to another. Broad City is an odd-couple comedy that follows two friends as they navigate their way through New York City. Season two has already been greenlit for production.
After successfully launching CA Media India, Rajesh Kamat has been named COO of CA Media, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group. Kamat will relocate to Singapore and report into Paul Aiello, CA Media Group’s Hong Kong-based CEO. The exec will provide strategic guidance to the group’s existing portfolio investments in the region. He will also help identify and manage growth opportunities for CA Media in Asia. Both directly and through CA Media, TCG has made significant investments in the U.S., Europe and Asia. CA Media India’s current investments include strategic stakes in Endemol India; music, live events and youth media company Only Much Louder; character entertainment outfit Graphic India; and online influencer network, Fluence. Chernin Group chairman Peter Chernin said, “As we move into our next phase of growth, it is critical to have a structure that supports our operations and continued expansion plans in Asia. Rajesh’s new expanded role in the region will help the group achieve this objective.”
Kristen Finney has been promoted to SVP worldwide pay television and SVOD for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. In her new position, Finney will work to expand the studio’s SVOD business globally. She will continue to be responsible for licensing the studio’s film and television product to pay-TV services and SVOD platforms in multiple territories worldwide, including the UK, Germany, Italy, Asia, India and Australia and across Central and Eastern Europe. Finney is based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. Finney has been with Fox for more than a decade. Most recently, she acted as VP of worldwide pay television and SVOD.