Amsterdam-based indie distributor Lineup Industries has sold two formats to Critical Content which launched in January under former Relativity TV exec Tom Forman and Andrew Marcus. Under the deals, Critical has taken options to produce U.S. versions of talk show/buddy comedy, Radio Gaga and hidden camera series What The..?!. Radio Gaga is intended to be the next vehicle for Catfish’s Nev Schulman and Max Joseph. It sees the hosts travel through the country in a mobile radio studio, spending 48 hours running a local station in various communities. In What The ?!, members of the public secretly undergo weeks of training overseen by an expert to master a skill which is completely out of character for them. A stunt then reveals the skill to the subject’s friends and family.
Indie production company Sugar Films was formed last March by UK TV execs Kwadjo Dajan, Narinder Minhas, Lucy Pilkington, Nav Raman and Pat Younge. Sky has now acquired a stake in the London- and Cardiff-based outfit while former Discovery Networks International president and CEO Mark Hollinger will also take a share and become Chairman. Sugar works across scripted and non-scripted content for the UK and international markets; producing bold and provocative TV and digital content for mainstream and diverse audiences. Orders over the past year have included a digital shorts serires for Channel Four and White Boys And Black Heroes, a documentary for BBC Two about the wider social impact of the growth of black professional footballers in Britain. Sky’s production and distribution business, Sky Vision, will rep all new programs and formats internationally. Sky also has stakes in indies Love Productions, Blast! Films, Jupiter Entertainment, Znak & Jones and Talos Films.
The 55th edition of Cannes’ Critics’ Week has set Valérie Donzelli as jury president. The
French director and actress’ autobiographical film Declaration Of War opened the 50th Critics’ Week and her Marguerite & Julien ran in the main competition last year. Also on the panel are Alice Winocour, who co-wrote Oscar nominee Mustang with Deniz Gamze Erguven; Nadav Lapid, whose Israeli feature The Kindergarten Teacher was selected in 2014 Critics’ Week; It Follows helmer David Robert Mitchell, which was also in the section that year; and Argentine director Santiago Mitre who won the 2015 Grand Prize in the section with Paulina. Critics’ Week runs May 12-20 during the Cannes Film Festival.