Although the Sundance London Festival was shelved this year, Sundance Institute is planning to return to the British capital in 2016 and will also run an event in Hong Kong this September. The programs are made up largely of titles that have already played Park City in an effort to share independent films with audiences abroad. The Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong will run from September 17-27 at the Metroplex in Kowloon Bay. Ten indie features will premiere as part of the screening series. There is no set date for The Sundance Film Festival: London, though it will run in 2016 at the new Picturehouse Central in the West End.
Comedy Central UK and Channel 5 have greenlit a local version of prankster show Impractical Jokers. This is the first joint project between the two channels since Viacom acquired Channel 5 last year. A nine-episode order has been given to Warner Bros-owned Yalli Productions with installments to premiere on Channel 5 and be rebroadcast on Comedy Central. The UK version will follow the format of the U.S. series that airs on TruTV and feature British comics Lee Griffiths, Matt Ralph, Paul Biggin and David Moon. The real-life best friends challenge each other to outrageous dares and uproarious stunts which are caught on hidden camera. During each prank, the joker must do whatever his three friends tell him via a secret earpiece and if he refuses, he loses. The U.S. version of Impractical Jokers is Comedy Central UK’s top-rated show.
Chris Evert is joining Eurosport as a commentator for the Discovery-owned group’s Roland Garros coverage this summer. As part of the French Open team, the 18-time Grand Slam winner will feature across Eurosport’s coverage of the tournament, which runs from May 24-June 7. During the tournament Evert will also headline in Tennis For Evert, to be hosted by Barbara Schett. She will cover the Women’s Final live on June 6 for British Eurosport, joining Mats Wilander for his show Game, Set And Mats to provide pre- and post-match analysis. Last year’s final between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep was the most-watched women’s tennis match in Eurosport history with an average live audience of 3.8M European viewers.