Ecosse Films Inks First-Look Deal With Shine International
The UK’s Ecosse Films has pacted with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine International in a three-year, first-look deal that will see the latter handle the producer’s TV sales and distribution. Ecosse’s TV credits include three seasons of Mistresses for BBC One (the U.S. remake was recently renewed for a second season by ABC); Life Of Crime for ITV and biopic Fleming for Sky Atlantic HD. Ecosse also has feature credits that include Diana, Becoming Jane and Nowhere Boy. Shine will rep finished tape and format rights for Ecosse Films’ new television output from January 1 onward.
Katherine Butler Leaving Film4 For UK Producer Raw
Film4 Deputy Head of Film Katherine Butler is leaving to join UK producer Raw. She will head up the film and TV drama division. Traditionally a factual producer, Raw launched a film and drama wing in 2012. Its series include Gold Rush for the Discovery Channel, Locked Up Abroad for National Geographic, and Paranormal Witness for Syfy. On the drama side, Raw has five projects in development with Film4, including Bart Layton’s American Animals. While at Film4, Butler executive produced numerous titles including Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, and Clio Bernard’s BAFTA-nominated The Selfish Giant. Raw and Film4 maintain strong ties.
‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Headed To Germany’s SAT.1
ITV Studios Germany has been commissioned by Germany’s SAT.1 to produce a local version of ITV Studios format Hell’s Kitchen. The series will be hosted by Michelin-starred German chef Frank Rosin and will air in 2014. Meanwhile, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed a new format deal for Hell’s Kitchen in Italy where Sky Uno HD has commissioned Magnolia to produce a 16-part series for air in 2014. Hell’s Kitchen has now been produced in 15 territories worldwide, including the U.S., France and Russia.
ITV Order Miniseries ‘The Widower’ About Killer Malcolm Webster
ITV has commissioned three-part factual drama, The Widower, from ITV Studios. The mini is based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster and is co-written and executive produced by Philomena co-scripter Jeff Pope, who’s also prepping a biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy for the BBC, The Weinstein Co and Lookout Point. The Widower will star Reece Shearsmith (A Field In England), Sheridan Smith (Powder Room) and The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi, and tells how, over a 13-year period, a seemingly mild-mannered male nurse set about poisoning and murdering his first wife, attempting to do the same to his second wife and moving on to a further scheme to deceive his third fiancée. John Hannah plays the detective who must try to stop Webster before he can make her his next victim. Pope, who is also head of factual drama at ITV Studios, calls the story, “far more chilling than any fiction. Webster was a banal, almost benign face of evil. He was so clever at hiding his tracks and presenting a plausible front to his friends, family and colleagues that he was able to do what he did without really attracting suspicion.”
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