Jo Nesbo To Rewrite ‘Macbeth’ For Hogarth Shakespeare Project
Jo NesboNorwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo has been tapped to rewrite Shakespeare’s Macbeth for a 21st century audience. The author of the Harry Hole detective series will take on the Bard’s murderous “Scottish Play” for 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC reported. Nesbo, whose books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is the latest writer tapped by Hogarth Shakespeare to update the Bard’s works; also set for modern adaptations are Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice), Anne Tyler (The Taming Of The Shrew) and Jeanette Winterson (A Winter’s Tale). The Hogarth Shakespeare program is an international publishing initiative from the Penguin Random House imprint. The novels will be released simultaneously in 2016.

DMG’s Chris Fenton Joins US-Asia Institute Board
Fenton with Congressman Billy Long
DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Chris Fenton has joined the board of trustees of the US-Asia Institute. As the sole member from the entertainment industry, he will help the Washington, D.C.-based group increase its understanding of the role showbiz can play in diplomacy with China. Fenton will join senior banking execs and Beltway stalwarts including his longtime friend Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., who recommended him for the post. Fenton travels to Washington regularly to discuss Chinese entertainment- and media-focused matters in both one-on-one and group sessions with Congressional members and senior staff.

Metan Development Group Launches Entertainment Channel On Tudou
Metan Development Group is launching Hollywood, the first channel in China dedicated to the world of entertainment, on the video sharing site Tudou. The company said the channel aims to create a bridge between the Hollywood creative community and China, appealing to young, educated, affluent Chinese consumers and their swiftly expanding interest in Western celebrities, movies, TV and Web series, fashion and pop culture.” Metan’s flagship series Hello! Hollywood will be revamped as the channel’s first original series and relaunched as a 30-minute, weekly talk show, recapping the week’s news from around the world of entertainment. CAA has signed to represent Hello! Hollywood to the entertainment industry throughout the world.

Nordic World To Acquire Format Specialist Absolutely Independent
Nordic-WorldNordic World, the distributor run by Nordic broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, has signed a letter of intent to acquire a majority stake in format specialist. The acquisition is intended to be finalized prior to MIPTV in late March. Under the deal, Amsterdam-based Absolutely Independent and its portfolio of 150-plus titles will be merged with Nordic World to create a distribution hub for premium content from independent producers from around the world. Nordic World plans to rebrand the merged company in the run-up to MIPCOM in October.

Goldrush Entertainment Buying 12-Pic Library
2071_the-best-offer-640-intGoldrush Entertainment is financing of the purchase of a library of 12 new films to be distributed by Marco Polo and Aventi Distribution in France and French-speaking territories worldwide. The acquisition, financed through Goldrush Entertainment’s Film Finance portfolio, includes such films as Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, starring Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland. The first titles were released December, while the rest are destined for distribution beginning in April.

World Media Rights Inks Deals For ‘The Rise of the Nazi Party’
World Media Rights has sealed its first international deals for the 10-episode series The Rise of the Nazi Party. The program has sold to Discovery Networks (Western Europe), SBS Discovery Media (Scandinavia), Planete (France) and Foxtel (Australia). The series tells the story of how a small group of misfit conspirators including Hitler, Goering, Goebbels and Himmler managed to groom an entire nation, gradually maneuvering them into becoming willing participants in the worst crimes in history.