Ambitious Finnish drama The White Wall is to travel globally after distributor DRG boarded the series for international sales. The eight-part sci-fi drama is about a mysterious white wall found deep underground at the mining site of the world’s largest nuclear waste depository and is produced by Finland’s Fire Monkey and Sweden’s Nice Drama for YLE and Sweden’s SVT. DRG will distribute the series, which co-created by Angry Birds writer Mikko Pöllä and A Man’s Job’s Aleksi Salmenperä, starting at Natpe. Dave Clarke, DRG’s EVP of content, said, “The White Wall is set to be one of the most exciting and ambitious scripted series to come out of Scandinavia in recent years. Its unique storyline, containing universal themes about relationships and human curiosity, high production values and superb cast will definitely get the series noticed. It will also surprise those who assume that only traditional Scandi Noir can succeed internationally. We are looking forward to officially launching the series at Natpe and to start what we predict will be productive conversations about this brilliant title.”
Jackie Edwards has been appointed as Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), a new pilot being delivered by the UK’s British Film Institute to help boost children’s and young adult content on UK TV. Edwards will join the BFI in February and will be based in Leeds, with the fund opening for applications in April. The fund is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Contestable Fund and assigns the BFI up to £57M to deliver a three year pilot. Edwards will report to BFI Deputy CEO, Ben Roberts. Edwards most recently served as the BBC’s Head of Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation.
The Cannes Film Festival has appointed Stéphanie Lamome as artistic advisor of the film department. The journalist was already a member of the eight-person selection committee, which helps advise artistic director Thierry Frémaux on Cannes movies. In her new role, Lamome also joins the festival’s organizing team. This year’s selection committee comprises French journalists, filmmakers programmers and artists. The seven selectors in addition to Lamome are Virginie Apiou , Paul Grandsard , Laurent Jacob , Eric Libiot , Lucien Logette , Guillemette Odicino and Marie Sauvion . The festival’s network of correspondents includes Didier Allouch, Joël Chapron, Isabelle Glachant, Agnès Poirier, José Maria Riba, Yuka Sakano and Ilda Santiago.