The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, England will be the home of Disney’s ABC Studios’ Galavant when it shoots later this summer. Pre-production started this week in the west of England and filming begins in August. Galavant is one of the major U.S. series to decamp to Britain this year to take advantage of the lucrative TV tax credit. The musical comedy fairytale from Dan Fogelman stars Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David and Luke Youngblood. Also currently filming at Bottle Yard are BBC Two’s Wolf Hall, BBC One’s Poldark, Sky 1 comedy Trollied, and Channel 4’s Deal Or No Deal.
Australia’s Foxtel has unveiled the cast of miniseries Deadline Gallipoli. Joining Sam Worthington in the drama that just started shooting, are Hugh Dancy, Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown, Ewan Leslie, Jessica De Gouw, Anna Torv, John Bell, James Fraser, Charles Dance, and newcomer Joel Jackson. Worthington is co-producing the chronicle of the Aussie and English journalists who covered the World War I battle and were instrumental in the decision to end the campaign against Turkish forces. Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch (Rupert’s dad) were the first truly embedded war correspondents whose defiance ignited a change in the campaign’s course and whose commitment to the stories of the men turned the war from a strategic failure into a triumph of the human spirit. Michael Rymer is directing the four-parter that’s produced by Matchbox Pictures and Worthington’s Full Clip. Deadline Gallipoli will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2015.
Veteran Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s The Golden Era has been set as the closing night film of the Venice Film Festival. The drama is a reconstruction of the life of Xiao Hong, one of the most radical and controversial female Chinese writers of the early 20th century. Hui has directed 30 features and is considered one of the leading figures of the Hong Kong New Wave of the 70s and 80s. She will also preside over the jury for the Orizzonti (Horizons) section of Venice this year
Lionsgate UK and Amazon have entered an SVOD deal to bring a host of U.S. dramas and comedies to Amazon Prime Instant Video in Britain. The multi-year agreement includes such shows as Mad Men, Weeds, Anger Management and Nashville. The deal is effective immediately.