Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures has entered an exclusive development deal with BBC Worldwide that will see the commercial arm of the BBC provide investment, co-production expertise and global market support in return for the first-look on Red Planet’s new content. Red Planet’s credits as producer include Death In Paradise for BBC One which is moving into its 4th season, and The Nativity and By Any Means, both for BBC One. It’s next producing The Passing Bells (photo above) which will air as BBC One’s tentpole drama in the channel’s WWI centenary programming. Other upcoming projects include UKTV’s first original drama commission Legion; the Motown-inspired musical drama Stop! In The Name Of Love for BBC One; and Dickensian, a studio drama that will bring together iconic characters from Charles Dickens’ most famous works, also for the BBC.
ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland has appointed Koby Gal-Raday to the newly created position of Senior Vice President International Co-Productions & Documentaries. He will be responsible for expanding the international co-productions of the German TV station group in the fiction and non-fiction categories. The Israeli exec has worked in the film and TV business for over a decade with production credits that include feature The Band’s Visit, the acclaimed 2007 film that was put forth as Israel’s Foreign Language Oscar submission before being deemed ineligible based on a good portion of it being in English. Gal-Raday was also the co-founder and artistic director of July August Productions, which was recently acquired by the Red Arrow Group. Before joining ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland and since 2008 he served as the senior executive in charge of the Scripted, Documentary and Cinema Departments of Reshet Broadcasting, Israel’s biggest private-sector TV station.