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Martin Freeman & Imelda Staunton To Star In ITV Crime Drama ‘A Confession’

Martin Freeman is a busy man; a day after revealing he is making a parenting comedy for FX and Sky, the Sherlock star is making a six-part drama for UK's ITV. Studiocanal's Urban Myth Films will produce A Confession, along with ITV Studios, with Imelda Staunton also starring. Written by Jeff Pope, the series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Freeman, deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Royal Drama With Simon Cowell’s Syco

EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is developing a royal drama based on the Queen's art collection with The X Factor producer Syco. Fellowes, who has written the forthcoming movie based on the ITV period drama, is working on a series about The Royal Collection, which is the art collection of the British Royal Family and is the largest collection in the world. It marks Syco's first move into scripted drama in the UK, having had huge success with entertainment… Read

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Beta, Wildside, Israeli Trio Team On Drama ‘German Moon’ About NASA Space Mission

Beta Film, Italy's Wildside, German production outlet Zeitsprung and Isreali writer/creator trio Nadav Schirman, Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen are joining forces on NASA space mission drama German Moon. The Italian-German co-production, currently in development, is inspired by true but untold stories of German families and former Nazi-scientists who played a key role in NASA's first manned mission to the moon. Shoot for the series is due to start 2019/20 with the team… Read

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Syco & Fremantle Look To Replicate ‘Got Talent’s Global Success With ‘The Greatest Dancer’ – Mipcom

Got Talent and The X Factor producer Syco and superindie Fremantle are rolling out Matthew Morrison-fronted format The Greatest Dancer and are looking to replica the global success of its previous entertainment behemoths. Nigel Hall, Global Head of TV at Simon Cowell's company, tells Deadline that he is showing the BBC show, which also stars pop star Cheryl Tweedy, to key buyers this week at Mipcom and that he has a "good feeling" about its international success. The… Read

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ITV CEO Carolyn McCall: Timing For Endemol Shine Purchase “Did Not Feel Right”

ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said that buying Black Mirror and Big Brother producer Endemol Shine would have "made sense" but the "timing did not feel right". This comes after the British commercial broadcaster stepped out of the process to acquire the 21st Century Fox and Apollo-owned superindie. Earlier this month, the company said, "In light of continued press speculation, ITV confirms that it has no current intention of making a bid for Endemol Shine… Read

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WME To Represent Me+You Productions As ‘Sick Of It’ Producer Eyes U.S. Scripted Push

An Idiot Abroad and Sick of It producer Me+You Productions is to make an aggressive push into the U.S. after striking an exclusive representation deal with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME). Under the two-year deal, WME will represent Me+You's drama and comedy properties in North America. The British company, which was established by Richard Yee and Krishnendu Majumdar, was previously represented by CAA in the U.S., but largely for its non-scripted… Read

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‘When Heroes Fly’ Hebrew Thriller From Keshet Int’l Goes To Netflix

The Hebrew language drama When Heroes Fly will premiere on Netflix next year following its acquisition from Keshet International, the global content producer and distributor. The deal will see all ten episodes of the original drama made available with subtitles to Netflix's subscribers in early 2019. It is the first Hebrew-language series deal with Netflix for Keshet. Produced by Spiro Films for Keshet Broadcasting, When Heroes Fly is a thriller inspired by a best-selling… Read

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John Oliver Mocks Instagram Antics Of Mika Brzezinski, David Muir, Chris Cuomo On ‘Last Week Tonight’

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John Oliver closed out his latest edition of Last Week Tonight mocking the Instagram antics of TV news talent, aka  “people who already have outlets to express themselves.” “An adult asking you to follow them on social media gives the same vibe as a clown asking you to join him in a sewer,” Oliver observed,  after showing video of Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro and others doing just that. "If you choose to follow news anchors on Instagram, a whole world of sad wonder awaits… Read

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Gerard Butler Cancels Saudi Arabia Trip After Khashoggi’s Disappearance: “The Timing Couldn’t Have Been Worse”

Actor Gerard Butler canceled a trip to Saudi Arabia for a screening of his film Hunter Killer after the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. During an interview with CNN, Butler said “The timing couldn’t have been worse.” He added, “We heard about Khashoggi going missing the day before we were supposed to leave, two days before, but the next day was when we had to go and it just didn’t feel like a smart move. It felt very insensitive and it’s… Read

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Henrik Pabst Joins ProSiebenSat.1, Bo Stehmeier Succeeds Him At Red Arrow Studios As President

Henrik Pabst is exiting his post as President of Red Arrow Studios International as President after being promoted to the newly-created position of senior executive position at ProSiebenSat.1's Entertainment segment. Bo Stehmeier is set to succeed him as Red Arrow Studios International President. Pabst and Stehmeier’s new roles will be effective January 1, 2019. Pabst's new role will optimize rights management and commercial deal-making across the Group's linear and… Read

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’60 Minutes’: Donald Trump Says “I Regret That The Press Treats Me So Badly” After Two Years Of Presidency

During a 60 Minutes interview that aired on Sunday night, Lesley Stahl didn’t hold back, pressing Donald Trump about numerous issues including climate change, North Korea, his relationship with Kim Jong-un, Russia, Dr. Ford, Kavanaugh and a laundry list of other things looming over his presidency. The interview took place before his meeting with Kanye West and Pastor Brunson came home, so those topics weren’t addressed but when Stahl asked if he had any regrets after two… Read

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‘Charmed’ Review: CW Reboot Casts A Familiar Yet “Woke” Spell On A New Generation

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the pilot episode of Charmed. In 1998, the WB released a fantastically witchy show titled Charmed where three sisters discover they have powers of the occult — but the good kind. Fast-forward 20 years later and the WB is now the CW and the sisters are back in a reboot that is in the center of a Venn diagram between 1998 and 2018. It feels dated but at the same time, fresh enough to appeal to the millennial generation… Read