‘Rising Star’ World Tour Continues In Greece, Ukraine
Keshet International’s interactive talent search format Rising Star has made further sales, heading to Greece’s Mega and Ukraine’s 1+1. Keshet says the deals make Rising Star the world’s fastest-selling talent show ever, according to researchers at the WIT. Since its launch at Mipcom in October, it has sold to more than 25 territories. Greece and Ukraine will launch their local versions later this year. 1+1 has made a multi-season deal beginning with a 15-episode first series to be produced by Studio Kvartal 95. Mega has commissioned an initial 14 episodes, with a local producer to be confirmed. The first international version of Rising Star will premiere April 6 on Globo Brazil. ABC’s U.S. version of the show will air in the summer and is available to buyers at Mip-TV as a finished 10 episode tape.
Royal Television Society Awards Embrace ‘Broadchurch’
Broadchurch was a big winner at the Royal Television Society’s awards Tuesday. Star Olivia Colman won the Female Actor prize for the second year in a row for both her roles in the ITV drama and Channel 4’s Run. Broadchurch also was voted top Drama Serial. Idris Elba won Male Actor for BBC One’s Luther. Other winners included Peaky Blinders (BBC Two), Gogglebox (Channel 4) and Game Of Thrones, which took the International Award. David Suchet was given the Lifetime Achievement honor. The full list of winners is here.
Electric Entertainment Will Sell ‘The Better Angels’
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has boarded international sales on The Better Angels. The film recounts the untold story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth and chronicles the hardships that shaped him. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and Braydon Denney star. A.J. Edwards is directing his debut feature that’s produced by Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito and Charley Beil. The Better Angels world premiered at Sundance this year and screened in the Panorama section at Berlin. Electric’s Sonia Mehandjiyska will shop the title at the Cannes market. Amplify has U.S. distribution. Edwards previously worked with Malick as an editor on To The Wonder, artistic consultant on The Tree Of Life and editorial assistant on The New World. The Better Angels is executive produced by Jason Krigsfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Suzanne Deal Booth and Antoine Douaihy, with Elizabeth Lodge co-producing.