Warner Bros International Television Production Spain has been commissioned by Spanish media group Artresmedia to produce the first international version of game show format Game Of Games for local channel Antena 3. Comedian and actress Silvia Abril will host the Spanish version of the show, in which contestants are picked from the audience to play super-sized games for cash. Ellen De Generes hosts the U.S. format for NBC, which has renewed it for a 13-episode second season. Producers in the U.S. are Warner Horizon and Unscripted & Alternative Television, in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.
Eve Gabereau’s Modern Films has picked up UK rights to Crystal Moselle’s Sundance doc Skate Kitchen for the UK and Ireland. Moselle’s follow-up to Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Wolfpack focuses on the lives of female skateboarders in New York City. Producers are RT Features (Call Me By Your Name) and Pulse Films (American Honey), and the cast is made up from an all-female skate crew with Jaden Smith co-starring. The deal was brokered between Modern Films MD Gabereau and Carole Baraton of Charades. Magnolia holds U.S. rights. Formed last year, Modern Films is a female-led, social issues-driven production, distribution and event cinema company which will look to pick up around 6-8 movies per year. Skate Kitchen is slated for an early fall release in the UK.
Susan Ferris, CEO of LA-based production and management firm Bohemia Group Originals, has optioned rights to New Zealand novel The Denniston Rose by Jenny Pattrick. The project, which is being spearheaded from Bohemia’s New Zealand offices by Executive Vice President, International Alison B. Buck, along with local executive producer Maggie Seeman, is the story of a spirited child growing up in the 1880s on the unforgiving coal-mining settlement of Denniston, an isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand’s West Coast. “Jenny Pattrick is one of New Zealand’s most popular contemporary novelists, and I am so pleased to be turning her bestselling novel into a film for all to enjoy,” said Ferris. “From the beginning it was clear to me that, although our head office is in Hollywood, we wanted to keep the project within the realms of its homeland of New Zealand.”