Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels
Fox International Channels President of Europe and Africa Jesus Perezagua has announced his departure. The exec has been at the company since 2003. He joined as managing director of FIC Spain and Portugal and in 2005 took over the company’s expansion plan in Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece. Perezagua became President of FIC Europe and Africa in 2011. He will step down from the role on April 30 but will continue to consult FIC. The search is on for a successor. Prior to FIC, Perezagua held posts at Iberian Channels and Online for Fox Kids Entertainment Espana and was Managing Director of Bandai Espana, a Japanese toy company specializing in TV marketing concepts.
‘Peaky Blinders’ Tops BAFTA TV Craft Award Noms
BAFTA has announced nominations for the annual British Academy Television Craft Awards, which honor the best in behind-the-scenes TV talent. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery on April 27 and will again be hosted by Episodes‘ Stephen Mangan. BBC Two gangster series Peaky Blinders leads with six noms including production design and VFX, followed by ITV’s Broadchurch with five, including one for Chris Chibnall’s writing. Channel 4 thriller Utopia also has a writing nom amongst its four mentions. Doctor Who 50th anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time, Sky’s David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D and BBC dramas Luther and Top Of The Lake all received three nominations. The full list of nominees is here.
StudioCanal Taps COO, Head Of Production & Distribution In France
StudioCanal has named Romain Bessi to the post of COO. He is currently deputy managing director of strategy, finance and technical exhibition. He will maintain those functions and going forward supervise the mini’s operations in the UK and Australia/New Zealand. He’s further charged with integrating the TV series production and distribution business, notably with regard to TV subsids Tandem and RED. In other StudioCanal news, Géraldine Gendre has been named director of production and distribution for France. Bessi has been with the Canal Plus Group since 1997; Gendre joined in 2012.
Sundance London Fest Unveils Lineup
The full lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival was unveiled Monday, with a selection of films that first premiered in Park City in January. Sundance Institute curates the program which focuses on new work by independent filmmakers. There are 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections of Sundance London, with 24 additional world, international, European or UK premieres. Titles that originated in Sundance and will play Sundance London include Fruitvale Station, Frank, Lambert & Stamp and The Trip To Italy. Among the filmmakers expected to attend are Ryan Coogler, David Cross, Rose McGowan and Marjane Satrapi. The festival explores the connection between independent film and music with British trip-hop group Archive one of the headline acts. The festival, which is open to the public, kicks off April 25 at the O2 Arena and runs through April 27. Click here for the full lineup.
Lionsgate, Endemol India Team For Hindi-Language ‘Warrior’ Remake
Lionsgate and Endemol India are teaming to co-produce a Hindi-language remake of Gavin O’Connor’s sports drama Warrior. This is the first film the two are teaming on in India, with Endemol doing so under the Eyedentity Motion Pictures banner. Local movies are huge in India, where homegrown box office can reach upwards of 90%, meaning local production can be very lucrative. Warrior deals with the difficult relationship of two estranged brothers and their father. The film will be adapted for Indian audiences and rewritten for local tastes with contact sport playing an integral part of the story. Eyedentity and Lionsgate are finalizing the cast for the film, which is scheduled to go into production in December.
GloboSat Acquires Format Rights To ‘The Taste’ For Brazil
Brazil’s GloboSat has secured format rights to Red Arrow International‘s The Taste. With the acquisition, Brazil becomes the first Latin American country to create its own version of the show. The Brazilian take will air on GloboSat’s channel GNT. The Taste has been picked up in more than 80 territories, including CTV in Canada, Australia’s Nine Network, Germany’s Sat.1, Channel 4 in the UK, and M6 in France. It was created by Kinetic Content and originally commissioned by ABC. That U.S. version features four celebrity judges on a quest to find America’s next super chef. … In other Red Arrow news, Managing Director Jens Richter has confirmed his departure date as March 25. He will begin his new role at FremantleMedia International in January. As previously announced, Red Arrow International is now led by co-managing directors, Henrik Pabst and Irina Ignatiew.
DRG Launches Formats Division Ahead Of Mip-TV
Just ahead of Mip-TV, indie distributor DRG has launched DRG Formats, a stand-alone division to handle its global unscripted and scripted formats business. The division will be led by Andrea Jackson, Managing Director of Acquisitions & Formats. It will represent such brands as Slow TV, The Farm, The Bar, This Is Your Life, Don’t Tell The Bride and Doc Martin. DRG Formats will also be the sole distribution division for all unscripted and scripted formats originating from Strix, Monster, Gong, Baluba, Rakett and Paprika Latino, all of which fall under the umbrella of parent company Nice Entertainment Group. Along with Slow TV, DRG is also repping all of Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s scripted and unscripted formats. Albertina Marfil has been appointed as Formats Manager of Sales & Acquisitions and will look after the Nordic region and Ireland within the division. Former BBC Worldwide, Shine International and ITV Global executive Jennifer Harrington has also been appointed as Senior Formats Manager to consult for the CEE region. DRG is in final negotiations with another senior executive to join the new division’s team.
Celluloid Dreams Picks Up International Rights To ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’
Celluloid Dreams has acquired international rights to supernatural romance Jamie Marks Is Dead. The film premiered in the Sundance World Dramatic Competition and is directed by Carter Smith (The Ruins). Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer and Liv Tyler star in the story that’s based on Christopher Barzak’s novel One For Sorrow. The story follows two high school students fascinated with a recently deceased boy no one really interacted with who appears to them as a ghost. Celluloid Dreams will begin selling the title at the Hong Kong Filmart.