Discovery has tapped Bernard Ross to the newly-created position of Eurosport’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Olympic Games. He joins from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), where he was Head of Production at UEFA Euro Cup 2016. He was also responsible for the delivery of several broadcast and digital innovations across all UEFA competitions. He’ll take on the new Eurosport position from January and will be charged with the successful delivery of the Olympic Games across Europe, leading on all production, logistics and organizational aspects of planning for the Games, with a particular forcus on Germany, Norway and Sweden. Ross will be based in Paris and will report directly to Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton.
Sony Channel has picked up German-speaking rights to French political drama Baron Noir from Studiocanal. The 8×60 series, from creators and writers Eric Benzekri and Jean Baptiste Delafon, already has a second season in development. Ziad Doueiri directs the project, which is produced by Kwai with Canal+. Story follows a French politician’s thirst for revenge against his political enemies. It has already been acquired by SBS in Australia and Amazon Prime Video in UK and Ireland.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is set to host a career retrospective for Viola Davis. At the event, the BAFTA-nominated actress will discuss her craft and career ranging from her breakthrough role in 2008’s drama Doubt, which earned her an Oscar nod, to her portrayal of Aibileen Clark in 2011’s The Help, which earned her a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination. She’ll talk about her career right through to her most recent role in Denzel Washington’s Fences. The event will take place at BAFTA headquarters in London on January 15.
UK charity the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has announced its two recipients of its 2016 CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship for the National Film and Television School (NFTS). First-year Screenwriting MA student Jessica Sinyard and second-year Producing MA student Sabina Smitham have picked up the scholarships, which provides each of them with a full one-year scholarship to study for an MA at a world-renowned film school. Sinyard’s screenplays have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle Program and Illinois International Film Festival’s Best Screenplay prize while Smitham was named “One to Watch” by the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival.