Participant Media Boards Docu About Pakistani Girl Wounded By Taliban
Participant Media has come aboard as a co-financing partner on the Parkes + MacDonald Productions documentary about Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. An Inconvenient Truth’s Davis Guggenheim is directing. In 2012, student activist Yousafzai gained international recognition when she survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban at age 14. Shot in the head and neck when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community. Production starts in early July 2014, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with a release eyed for early next year. In addition to its financial commitment, Participant will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the film.
Keshet’s ‘Rising Star’ & ‘Master Class’ Sold In Asia
Most of the Keshet news out of Mip in the past few days has had to do with its latest hit format Boom!, but Rising Star is still selling. Both that format and children’s singing format Master Class have sold to Asia this week. Rising Star will air on Indonesia’s largest private broadcaster RCTI with an initial commission of 24 two-hour episodes. RCTI will produce for air in late summer/early fall. In China, Jiangsu Satellite TV has acquired Master Class. The first season of 12 episodes will air in the last quarter of 2014. The show is being adapted into a local version via a co-development deal with Beijing-based production company 3C Media.
Mediaset Italia, Lagardère Pick Up Period Drama ‘The Time In Between’
Boomerang TV has continued sales of Spanish period drama The Time In Between. Mediaset Italia acquired the series for broadcast this summer, while Lagardère has taken rights in French-speaking Europe. It also has sold recently to Croatia, the Philippines, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Slovenia. And it has been picked up by Netflix for Latin America. The Antena 3 series, produced by Boomerang, was the most-watched debut in over a dozen years when it bowed in Spain in 2013. It’s based on María Dueñas’ novel about a down-on-her-luck woman who becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service.
Nordic World Nabs Global Sales Rights To Game Show ‘The Big Picture’
Nordic World has entered a partnership agreement with Israel’s Acappella Media Content Hub to handle the global distribution rights to new interactive game show The Big Picture. Created by TV host and perception artist Nimrod Harel and Acappella, The Big Picture’s pilot debuted in the Mip market. The trivia-based show asks a contestant to identify photographs projected on a 20-meter-high screen in the studio. There are 12 stages to the game with the ultimate possibility of winning $1M. The contestant can opt out at any time and take the money they’ve amassed or continue vying for the top prize. If they get an answer wrong, they leave empty-handed. A special app enables viewers to answer questions by text and potentially become the partner of the onscreen contestant, eventually splitting the purse. In a twist, the show will be pre-recorded in studio, but viewers will participate on the day of broadcast. Those selected will have their image projected on screen, and play along via the technology.
‘Schitt’s Ceeek’ Adds Five To Cast
The 13-episode Canadian comedy series has added Annie Murphy (Story of Jen), Jenn Robertson (Wingin’ It), Emily Hampshire (My Awkward Sexual Adventure), Tim Rozon (Being Human), and Sarah Levy (Larry Crowne) to its cast. When a video store billionaire (Eugene Levy), his soap star wife (O’Hara), their über hipster son (Dan Levy) and socialite daughter suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset: Schitt’s Creek, an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke. Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Fred Levy, Andrew Barnsley, and Anonymous Content’s Ben Feigin serving as Executive Producers.
Dean Palmer Joins Peacock Productions In UK
NBC News’ Peacock Productions has hired Dean Palmer as NBC News Director of Development in Peacock’s UK headquarters. Palmer will be responsible for original programming, series and format development in the international division. He previously was a freelance executive producer who has worked for BBC Vision, ITV, Channel 4, CBC, Sony Pictures International, Vera, XIX Entertainment, Caledonia TV, Dragonfly, and Nutopia. His recent showrunner credits include Redemption Inc for the CBC and The Winner Is… for Sony Pictures.
Pierre Niney, Adèle Exarchopoulos Nabs Awards For Rising French Actors
Yves Saint Laurent star Pierre Niney and Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Adèle Exarchopoulos have been awarded France’s Prix Patrick Dewaere and Prix Romy Schneider, respectively. The prestigious annual awards go to up-and-coming French actors. Exarchopoulos next will shoot Sara Forestier’s action/love story M in May. Niney is next up in Yann Gozlan’s thriller L’Homme De Paille, according to AlloCiné.
Terra Mater Factual Studios Launches Film Production Unit
Red Bull Media House-owned Terra Mater Factual Studios is launching a dedicated film production label. CineMater will create multi-genre theatrical content for international audiences, with all storytelling rooted in fact. Its first projects are quantum theory thriller, DXM, and Gerardo Olivares’ The Way Of The Eagle, starring Jean Reno. CineMater’s output will be divided under three brands: Terra Magna, which will produce documentaries; Wild Drama, focusing on movies where nature takes a key role; and Real Fear, concentrating on films inspired by real events.