TV festival Series Mania, staged in France, is assembling a heavyweight lineup of speakers including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Endemol Shine Group’s Sophie Turner Laing and TF1 Group’s Gilles Pelisson. Hastings will be the subject of a Q&A session. Other panelists are set to include BBC director of policy Claire Sumer and Antony Root, VP, programming and production, HBO Europe. French minister of culture Françoise Nyssen and European Commission VP Andrus Ansip will close discussions. The Lille-based event runs April 27 – May 5.
French sales outfit Playtime has picked up international sales rights to Vanessa Filho’s feature debut Angel Face, which will get its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. In what we hear is a special performance, Marion Cotillard plays a single mother who lives with her 8-year-old daughter in a small town in the south of France. One day, she suddenly chooses to abandon her daughter for a man she has just met during another night of excess. Elli must confront her mother’s demons to win her back. Marc Missonnier produces with Carole Lambert. Mars Films is co-producing and will distribute in France from the end of May.
The BBC has ordered documentary Thatcher about the iconic and divisive former British leader. Across five one hour instalments, the BBC Two series will tell the story of the leader and Conservative politician, who died in 2013. It will look at how a girl from a modest market town, and who trained as chemist, became a world leader. She was Britain’s first female Prime Minister, holding office from 1979-90. BBC Studios will sell the doc internationally.