Critical Content Takes Stake In UK’s Renowned Films – Mipcom
In a move towards international, LA-based Critical Content has made a strategic investment in UK production company Renowned Films. Founded in 2012, Renowned makes unscripted, factual entertainment, features and documentaries for TV and digital. Back in 2015, Channel 4 took a share of the company that was launched by BBC radio host Duane Jones along with Max Welch and Tim Withers.
The terms of the deal call for Critical to acquire the Renowned stake owned by Channel 4's… Read
Eurosport Teams With Snap In Olympics Content Partnership – Mipcom
Discovery Communications' Eurosport and Snap, Inc have entered a strategic advertising and content agreement that will bring Snapchat users coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. This is the first time that Snap has committed to a European, multi-language deal for the Olympics.
The Olympics content will include behind-the-scenes action from events such as snowboarding, downhill and freestyle skiing and ice hockey — as well as from athletes and… Read
‘The Mantis’: Netflix Acquires Carole Bouquet Crime Drama – Mipcom
Adding to its range of local-language offerings, Netflix has picked up The Mantis, a French serial killer thriller starring Carole Bouquet. The six-part drama is made by Septembre Productions and will be available globally on Netflix on December 29. In France, it’s already been added to the streaming service where it runs after broadcast on TF1.
Handled by AB International Distribution, the series centers on Jeanne Deber (Bouquet), aka The Mantis. She’s a famous serial… Read
TV Azteca, Keshet Team For Super Series; Acorn Looks ‘Straight Forward’ – Mipcom
TV Azteca and Keshet International are joining forces in a deal to co-develop and produce an original Spanish-language super series to air on TV Azteca. It will be developed under the KI banner and co-produced with TV Azteca in-house. The plan is to launch the 60-episode series next year. KI is handling global sales. Joshua Mintz, Deputy President for TV Azteca, and Kelly Wright, VP Distribution and New Business at KI, will oversee development. TV Azteca is the… Read
HBO CEO Richard Plepler Talks Growth, ‘Game Of Thrones’, Bringing Offshore Originals To U.S. – Mipcom
HBO is bringing its international original series to the U.S. for the first time — shows which, at home, are bigger than Game of Thrones. Beginning in December, two programs from each of the regional outposts HBO Europe, Latin America and Asia will be made available on streaming services HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO on Demand. HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler revealed the news during his keynote speech here at Mipcom this evening.
HBO has invested significantly in local… Read
Talpa Preps ‘Lost In Translation’ Global Reality Format & ‘The Voice Senior’ – Mipcom
Big Brother creator John de Mol is tackling a new type of social experiment. At Mipcom today, Talpa unveiled details of Lost In Translation, billed as a first-ever global reality format.
The ambitious show drops 12 contestants on a remote island where they must work together to build a boat, get to the mainland and find a big treasure within 30 days. The catch? For each contestant there is only one other person on the island who speaks their language. The other… Read
IM Global TV Partners With France’s Newen In Content Joint Venture – Mipcom
IM Global Television has entered a joint venture agreement with France’s Newen, the production and distribution company behind such hit series as Versailles and Braquo. The deal will see the partners create original content across all platforms globally.
Phil Gurin, IM Global Television's President of Unscripted and Alternative, says he’s excited about France and that the new venture hopes to launch “primetime concepts, daily series and digital formats that can premier… Read
Paddy Considine & More Set For BBC’s ‘Informer’; Playtime Hires Sales Chief – Mipcom
Paddy Considine, Bel Powley and Nabhaan Rizwan have been set to star in Neal Street Productions’ Informer for BBC One. The six-part contemporary thriller will air on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., after the UK broadcast. Penned by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and directed by Jonny Campbell, Informer centers on Raza (Rizwan), a young, second generation Pakistani man from East London who is coerced by Gabe (Considine), a Counter-Terrorism officer, to go undercover… Read
‘Gotcha’: Banijay Launching Billy Crystal, Bunim/Murray Prank Show – Mipcom
Banijay International is launching youth prank show Gotcha at Mipcom next week. The series is a co–production from Billy Crystal and his Jennilind Productions, Bunim/Murray Productions and Israel’s Nutz Productions. Gotcha will also serve as the official launch for Bunim/Murray's kids division, BMP Kids, led by Emmy Award-winning producer Maria Pepin.
Gotcha features a group of diverse teens who live and breathe pranks, devising everything themselves and executing their… Read
‘Blue Iguana’: AMP International Boards Sales On Sam Rockwell-Starrer – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: London-based sales and financing outfit AMP International has boarded crime comedy Blue Iguana and will launch footage at the AFM next month. Hadi Hajaig (Cleanskin) wrote and directs the film about a pair of ex-cons who wade into uncharted territory when they become involved in a jewel heist.
Sam Rockwell, who’s been reaping strong notices for his supporting turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri since the film debuted in Venice, stars with Ben… Read
Macau’s Studio City Files For IPO; ‘Hamlet’ Stage Production Headed To BBC2; Siobhan Finneran Joins ‘Cold Feet’ – Global Briefs
Macau's Studio City, the Hollywood-inspired cinematically themed casino resort that was opened in 2015 by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and others, has confidentially filed for an IPO in the U.S. While numbers have not been disclosed, the proposed IPO is expected to commence "as market conditions permit," according to an announcement by Studio City Int'l Holdings on Monday. Macau-based casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a… Read
‘Lasso’ Teaser: Will ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Meets ‘Cocoon’ Plus Sean Patrick Flanery Rope ‘Em In?
Here’s a finished indie that’s beginning its roundup ahead of the American Film Market this fall. It’s Lasso, a Dragonfly Films horror pic that toplines Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Lindsey Morgan (The 100), Karen Grassle (Little House On The Prairie) and Andrew Jacobs (Paranormal Activity).
Directed by Evan Cecil, the pic centers on Simon (Jacobs) and Kit (Morgan), two leaders of an Active Senior Tour group visiting a remote small-town rodeo festival. It's… Read