Eccho Rights has sold popular Turkish drama The End into further markets. It’s already being remade in the U.S. by Sander/Moses Prods at Fox, and now Germany’s UFA will develop a local version for broadcaster SAT1 while Shine France has also taken an option on the series. Further, Netflix has signed a non-exclusive agreement for the original in Sweden and the UK. The story is about a woman navigating a web of lies and intrigue as she searches for her husband whom she presumed dead following a plane crash. But it turns out he never boarded the plane. Produced by Ay Yapim in Turkey, the show is also getting a Russian version.
Speaking of Turkey, Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac has run afoul of local censors. Authorities have banned the movie from theaters. The well-reviewed sex treatise had been expected to receive an 18 certificate, but AFP reports that Turkey’s cinema board voted overwhelmingly to restrict it altogether. However, one of the dissenting members, Yamac Okur, tweeted on Monday, “Barring any cinema movie from commercial screening is unacceptable… It could have been displayed by age rating. Otherwise, it is censorship.” The film has faced off with censors in other countries, notably Romania where it had initially been banned before a reversal of the decision.
The Berlin Film Festival has set its dates for 2015. The annual gathering will run from February 5-15. With any luck, the weather will be as good next year as it was just last month; and business a little better.
The BBC is mulling shifting its BBC Three channel to the internet as a means to cut costs. According to BBC News, should the move take place, the channel would only be available on the BBC iPlayer service. Word of the potential change spread after a speech by BBC director general Tony Hall who said “tough choices” would have to be made in order to meet a savings target of £100M. BBC Three has been home to series like Little Britain, Torchwood, Being Human and Gavin And Stacey. Further on down the dial, BBC Four has not been immune to austerity measures and is no longer making original drama. BBC Three currently has a budget of £85M. British celebrities took to Twitter to advance a campaign to save the channel. Little Britain’s Matt Lucas wrote, “Hearing horrible rumours about the possible closure of BBC3. This would be really bad for new comedy. Like, REALLY bad.”
Australia’s Animal Logic is breaking into three separate divisions. The group will be split into separate Animation and VFX studios, as well as Animal Logic Entertainment. The latter, a feature film development arm, plans to focus on developing a slate of animation, hybrid and VFX driven films for the company. The Animal Logic VFX team will include executive producers Jason Bath and Luke Hetherington and VFX Supervisors, Andy Brown, Paul Butterworth, Kirsty Millar, Dave Morley and Will Reichelt. The team’s recent credits include Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Great Gatsby and The Rover. It’s currently in production on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Zareh Nalbandian will be CEO and producer at Animal Logic Animation with Rob Coleman as head of animation, and Amber Naismith and Ingrid Johnston as co-producers. The studio recently worked on Walking With Dinosaurs and The Lego Movie. In late 2013, the company established its Animal Logic Entertainment office in Los Angeles with producers Nalbandian and Jason Lust, and executives, Jonathan Hludzinski and Felicity Staunton.
RTL5 in the Netherlands has commissioned a local version of ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s primetime entertainment series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Dubbed Ik Ben Een Ster, Haal Me Hier Uit! locally, the eight-part series will be set in South America’s Dutch-speaking Suriname. It will launch in the spring of this year. I’m A Celebrity… is a big hit in both the UK and Germany. It sees celebs swap their lifestyles for the challenges of the jungle. The 13th season debut on ITV in the UK scored 13.5M viewers last year, the biggest launch in the show’s history. In Germany, it’s the most-watched format among 14-49 year olds.
FremantleMedia International and Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions have extended their output deal for a further two years. Under the terms of the arrangement, Fremantle will continue to be the exclusive distribution and first-look partner for all Fresh One productions featuring British chef Oliver. The deal allows FMI to distribute tape sales from existing shows like Jamie’s Money Saving Meals/Save With Jamie; Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feasts and Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals. It also includes shows made under the original deal and any future titles. FMI began its relationship with Fresh One in 2002, when it began distributing Oliver’s Twist which has been sold to over 200 territories. Oliver’s most recent title Jamie’s Money Saving Meals/Save with Jamie has sold to over 100 territories to date. In April, FMI will bring two new Oliver titles to Mip-TV: Jamie And Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, in which childhood friends Oliver and Jimmy Doherty embark on further culinary adventures, cooking with celebrity guests including Usain Bolt and Sienna Miller; and Jamie’s Festive Feasts. Founded by Oliver in 2001, Fresh One has branched out to documentary series and singles such as The Men Who Made Us Fat/Thin, The Sound Of Musicals and Richard Pryor Omit The Logic, as well as dramas including Spies Of Warsaw with David Tennant.