Universal Pictures has secured the international distribution rights to Eponine Films’ Australian feature Love Is Now. The Aussie pic stars Eamon Farren (Red Dog), Claire Van Der Boom (The Square, Hawaii Five-0) and Anna Torv (The Secret Life Of Us, Fringe) and will be released Down Under on December 4 via Oz distrib Hoyts. The story chronicles a summer of love for experienced photographer Audrey (Van Der Boom) and aspiring snapper Dean (Farren). Propelled by new love and Audrey’s free spirit, the couple embarks on a formative country adventure following the NSW Harvest Trail, where they discover significantly more than they ever expected along the way. The film is written and directed by first time feature director Jim Lounsbury.
The BBC reports that season 8 of Doctor Who, which recently wrapped, had an average consolidated audience of 7.4M viewers every week in the UK. That marks an increase of 39% above overnight figures. With Peter Capaldi stepping in as the 12th Doctor, the debut episode, “Deep Breath,” averaged 9.2M viewers — the highest figure for a non-special episode since the opening episode of Season 5 when Matt Smith took control of the TARDIS. The BBC says also that there have been more than 18.9M requests to watch Doctor Who S8 on its iPlayer. In the U.S., consolidated figures for the first 10 episodes have seen S8 experience a 23% uplift in total audience in Live+7 on S7. The premiere this year was the show’s highest-rated series launch ever on BBC America, and is the first BBC Worldwide series to simultaneously hold the No. 1 slot in the Main TV Season Charts across all major electronic sellthrough platforms in the U.S. within 48 hours of Episode 1’s release on August 24. In Canada, on the Space channel, the first 10 episodes of S8 have seen a 22% uplift in consolidated audience size.
Red Arrow International’s Henrik Pabst is to take on the sole Managing Director position effective immediately as current co-MD Irina Ignatiew-Lemke departs the company. Pabst will continue to report to Jan Frouman, CEO of Red Arrow Entertainment Group. Ignatiew-Lemke is leaving at her own request, the company says. She has been with Red Arrow since 2012, most recently leading the firm’s scripted distribution business. Under her responsibility, Red Arrow co-produced such international series 100 Code starring Dominic Monaghan.