Thunderbirds Are Go! in Australia. ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed its first international TV broadcast deal for the re-invention of the classic kids’ series. The pact with Oz’s with Nine Network will see the new show air, rather fittingly, on youth-skewing digital channel GO! Nine Network and GO! have already been the Australian home of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s original Thunderbirds series since it first aired in the 1960s. The new series starts on GO! from spring 2015, shortly after the UK world premiere on ITV and CITV. Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop, the new series of 26 episodes will incorporate a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets. The cast is led by Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope, and David Graham reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak. Tracy brothers Alan and Scott are both played by Rasmus Hardiker. David Menkin has also been cast as both Virgil and Gordon Tracy. The fifth Tracy brother, John, will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
France’s first match of the World Cup tournament scored for the team, and for broadcaster TF1. Defeating Honduras, Les Bleus drew 15.8M viewers for a 57% share at home on Sunday night, and with a peak of 17M viewers at one point for the match that was played beginning at 9 PM local. This was the best score for a football match on TF1 since the 2006 World Cup final – my head still hurts thinking about that one.
Cannes Grand Prix winner (and one of Deadline’s Directors to Watch) Alice Rohrwacher, will preside over the International Jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a debut film at the Venice Film Festival later this summer. The helmer of Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), will be joined by six other film personalities, including a producer. They will select one film from among all the first feature films in the various competitive sections of the festival to give the Lion of the Future — Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film — and a purse of $100K provided by Filmauro di Aurelio and Luigi De Laurentiis which will be divided equally between the director and the producer. Recent winners have included Là-Bas, by Guido Lombardi; Küf, by Ali Aydin; and White Shadow, by Noaz Deshe. The 71st Venice International Film Festival will be held from August 27 to September 6.