Kevin Spacey To Play Title Role In Old Vic’s ‘Clarence Darrow’
Kevin Spacey is taking a break from playing Frank Underwood and is returning to the role of Clarence Darrow. The actor will portray the pioneering lawyer for the second time on stage in the upcoming Old Vic production of Darrow. Spacey previously played the legendary attorney in the Old Vic’s staging of Inherit The Wind and on TV in the PBS film Darrow, which was helmed by his House Of Cards collaborator John David Coles. From May 28-June 15, Thea Sharrock is directing him in Clarence Darrow, David W. Rintel’s one-man show that relives some of the civil rights hero’s pivotal experiences including the Scopes “Monkey” Trial and the “Thrill Killers” trial. Sharrock’s credits include Equus with Daniel Radcliffe, Henry V with Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC and the latest Call The Midwife Christmas special. Spacey is celebrating his 10th anniversary this year as the artistic director of the Old Vic. Also as part of the upcoming summer/fall season in the round, Ian Rickson is directing Kristin Scott Thomas in a new take on Sophocles’ Electra written by Dancing At Lughnasa scribe Brian Friel. That runs September 20-December 20.
Doug Baker Named COO And CFO At Discovery Networks International
Discovery has appointed Doug Baker as COO and CFO for Discovery Networks International. Baker, who is currently EVP and CFO of DNI, will transition to the new role during the next few weeks. Going forward, he will be responsible for oversight of DNI Strategy and Research and will lead all financial aspects of DNI Finance and Global Brand Solutions. He’ll continue to lead the division’s regional COO/CFOs in Western Europe, the Nordics, CEEMEA, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Baker has been DNI’s CFO for four years, overseeing revenue, profit and margin growth from $450M in 2009 to nearly $1B in 2013. He joined Discovery in 2005.
Spinoff Of Channel 4’s ‘Made In Chelsea’ Sends Characters To New York
The UK’s Channel 4 has ordered a spinoff of hit BAFTA-winning series Made In Chelsea. Made In Chelsea: New York will transfer some of the scripted reality show’s most popular characters as they take on the New York social scene. Produced by NBCU’s Monkey, the spinoff is a six-part series that E4 will air in the UK in August. Made In Chelsea is one of E4’s top-rated shows with the most recent season drawing an average of 1.4M, up 6% on the previous season. Season 7 starts in April.
Miso Film Launches Sweden Unit
Miso Film, the Danish producer owned by FremantleMedia, is hanging a Swedish outpost that will make feature movies and TV series for the Scandinavian and international market. Already being prepped, the first TV project is based on the novels of Norwegian writer Anne Holt. Vik/STubö is an eight-part thriller that’s adapted by Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrøm. Shooting is eyed for an early 2015 start in Stockholm. Miso Film Sweden also has optioned the rights to the book 438 Days by Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye. The nonfiction story follows the time the two journalists spent in an Ethiopian prison. A feature is in development with a screenplay by Peter Birro (Monica Z). Sandra Harms is heading up the new venture. The exec was formerly with Sonet Film/SF. Miso’s credits include the original Those Who Kill and Dicte. Its next major series is war drama 1864, which premieres in the fall on DR in Denmark and TV4 in Sweden.
UK Mulls Decriminalizing Failure To Buy A TV License
The UK’s Parliament is considering whether to put an end to the criminal offense of failing to buy a TV license. The TV license is paid on an annual basis in many European countries to help fund national broadcasters, in this case the BBC. A motion was recently made by MP Andrew Bridgen to make nonpayment a civil, rather than criminal, matter. The BBC is concerned, however, that a change in the law will result in fewer people paying the fee. The broadcaster is already in a period of austerity and has been looking to shave £100M from its spend in a period during which the license fee has been frozen at £145.50. In 2012, the BBC reported, more than 150,000 people were convicted of nonpayment, and 48 went to prison for not paying subsequent fines. In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: “Legislation is a matter for the government. However, changing the law could lead to higher evasion. Just a 1% increase in evasion would lead to the loss of around £35M, the equivalent of around 10 BBC local radio stations.” Should the MPs decide to include the proposal for change into the Deregulation Bill, a vote could take place as early as next Tuesday.
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