The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune sold well for TrustNordisk during the recently wrapped AFM. Deals concluded include the UK (Artificial Eye), Germany and Austria (Prokino), Benelux (September Film), Greece/Cyprus (Seven Films), Czech/Slovakia (Film Europe), Former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom Film), Poland (Gutek Film Ltd.), Brazil (California Filmes) and Hungary (Vertigo). Vinterberg, whose Far From The Madding Crowd is expected to play Cannes next year, is currently shooting with a cast led by Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares and Lars Ranthe. The Commune tells the story of a clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 1970s.
Beta Cinema has closed a series of deals on Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes (aka Georg Elser). The drama that’s based on the true story of a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, secured an all-rights agreement with StudioCanal for the UK/Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It also closed deals in Japan (Gaga), France (Sophie Dulac), Scandinavia (Svensk), Benelux (September Film), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), and Colombia (Cine Colombia).
Emma Thompson will receive the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards on December 7 in London. The prize was created in 2002 to recognize outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and, last year, Julie Walters. Thompson recently completed shooting The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson, opposite Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone, and also has Ken Kwapis’ A Walk In The Woods in the can with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. She also has roles in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women And Children and Adam Jones with Bradley Cooper.
October Films has hired Chris Muckle as Head of U.S. Factual to develop its presence in North America. Muckle has spent the past three years at Raw TV, developing and editing shows for U.S. broadcasters including Gold Rush, Jungle Gold and The Unexplained Files. His appointment follows the hiring of Jos Cushing as Executive Producer. During the past three years, October has doubled its turnover and tripled the number of hours it produces annually. The company currently has programs in production or funded development for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and TLC in the UK and ID, History, Discovery Science, Discovery International, TLC US, and LMN in the U.S. Recent successes include Obsession: Dark Desires (ID), Outrageous Acts Of Science (Discovery Science), Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath (BBC Two) and World War 2 From Space (History).
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has closed a multi-year SVOD deal with Netflix in France, Germany and Benelux. The streaming service launched in those markets in September and now will carry all five seasons of Irish drama Love/Hate in France and Germany. It also will air Dancing On The Edge, Stephen Poliakoff’s drama set in 1930s London. Also included in the deal are the first two seasons of Jeremy Piven series Mr Selfridge and Sundance’s Rectify as well as documentary series River Monsters. In other ITVS GE news, Duncan Walker has been appointed to the newly created post of COO of ITVS GE and Rest of the World – respectively the global distribution arm and the international production division.
The board of British communications regulator Ofcom has promoted Steve Unger to acting Chief Executive. Unger currently is Director of the Strategy, International, Technology and Economist Group at Ofcom. He will step up as interim Chief Executive when Ed Richards stands down at the end of December. The process to appoint a permanent Chief Executive is under way with a new exec to be announced in 2015.