The UK’s Channel 4 has greenlit comedy soap opera, The Windsors. In what’s promised as a look at the imagined lives and loves of the royal family, the stories will be fictional, but inspired by real events. The six-part series will be written by Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie (Star Stories, Pete Versus Life). Noho Film and TV begins production next year. Exec producers are Camilla Campbell and Robert Wulff.
BBC Worldwide has acquired a 25% stake in Amazing Productions with a five-year first-look option on global distribution rights for all programs developed by the factual indie. Amazing is led by George Clarke, Rebecca Mulraine, Michael Simkin and Tania Fallon whom BBCWW says have strong commissioning relationships with BBC, ITV and Channel4. Credits include C4’s upcoming House Rules and earlier commissions for the BBC’s Panorama news magazine show.
France’s prestigious Louis Delluc Prize has gone to Philippe Faucon’s Fatima. The film, about an immigrant cleaning woman and her relationship with her daughters, screened in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes this year. The Louis Delluc for best first film went to Nicolas Pariser’s thriller Le Grand Jeu. The title previously played in Locarno. The Delluc is considered a top honor amongst French laurels and was created in 1937. It’s handed out by a jury of professionals presided over by former Cannes fest president Gilles Jacob.
Nodding to the event’s huge Latin fanbase and the fact that women from Spanish-speaking nations have dominated the competition in recent years, Miss Universe 2015 will be simulcast in Spanish on Azteca America. The pageant happens December 20 from 7-10 PM Eastern, tape-delayed for the West Coast. In English, The pageant will be hosted by Steve Harvey and on Azteca America for the Spanish-language broadcast the hosts are Vanessa Claudio and Poncho de Anda.