Production Gets Underway For Season 3 Of ‘Ripper Street’
The 3rd season of Ripper Street started shooting today in Manchester, England. Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg are reprising their roles in the Victorian-era drama that was rescued by Amazon Prime Instant Video after a fan petition for its return after the BBC cancelled the show. MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) also is returning. In February, Amazon commissioned producers Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point with an eight-episode third season that will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members in the fall. The complete first season of Ripper Street is available on Amazon Prime now, with season 2 launching on the service on June 2. The series is filming in the UK for the first time, in Manchester and Loughborough, before moving to its traditional production base in Dublin, Ireland. It will continue to be co-produced in the U.S. by BBC America and will screen on BBC One a few months after it is available on Amazon in the UK. BBC Worldwide is distributing globally.
Elana Mandelup Upped To VP At AMC Networks
AMC Networks has promoted Elana Mandelup to VP Corporate Communications. Based in New York, Mandelup joined the company in 2011 as a director and oversees day-to-day business and trade media relations for SundanceTV in the U.S. as well as all trade, business and consumer PR for AMC/Sundance Channel Global’s networks across Europe, Asia and Latin America. She has more than 10 years of experience working in entertainment publicity, production and development, starting her career at ID Public Relations, where she developed and implemented global public relations and awards campaigns on behalf of high-profile clients. In addition, Mandelup has worked with Oscar-winning producer Anthony Katagas on various film projects and supported Law & Order: Criminal Intent executive producer John David Coles with script development, rights procurement and production. She also worked in the TV literature department at WME and was an NBC page, working on Saturday Night Live, Nightly News With Brian Williams and NBC Sports and Olympic Marketing.
‘Wayward Pines’ Headed To France Via Canal Plus
Fox International Channels has signed its first distribution deal for M. Night Shyamalan’s 10-episode event thriller, Wayward Pines. France’s Canal Plus acquired exclusive first-window pay rights to the series during this week’s LA Screenings. This is the first commitment by a broadcaster outside FIC’s wholly owned universe to premiere the series day-and-date as part of the planned global launch during the 2014-15 broadcast season. Based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) who arrives in the eponymous Idaho town on a mission to find two missing federal agents. Each step closer to the truth takes him further from the life he knew until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out alive. Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis also star.
Channel 4’s David Abraham To Deliver MacTaggart Lecture At Edinburgh Fest
After Kevin Spacey last year and Elisabeth Murdoch in 2012, Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham will deliver the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Channel 4 has enjoyed a recent run of creative successes including hot reality series Gogglebox and Benefits Street as well as drama Southcliffe. Abraham announced this year that Channel 4 intends to invest millions into a number of small- and medium-size independent production companies. The theme of this year’s Edinburgh festival is “The Business of Creativity.” On the announcement, Abraham said 2014 “is already shaping up to be a seismic year of change in the landscape of television, so I am honored to have the opportunity to give the MacTaggart Lecture. … It will be a key opportunity, in front of our creative partners, to set out a vision for how and why we intend to maintain our cultural impact in a world in which globalization and technology continue to reshape everything.” Last year’s MacTaggart was an energized performance by Spacey, who was the first Hollywood star, rather than exec or broadcaster, to hold the podium. This August’s lecture will mark the first time someone from Channel 4 has delivered the speech in 12 years and the first time a broadcaster has done so in four years. Abraham has had a long career in television, including as President and General Manager of Discovery Networks USA’s TLC. He became Channel 4’s CEO in 2010. It will be particularly interesting to hear what he has to say as Channel 4’s film arm, Film4, is undergoing change with the departure of tastemaker Tessa Ross. The group has greatly supported emerging film talent and last year notably invested in Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave.