eOne Making TV Adaptation Of Janice Hallett’s ‘The Twyford Code’; Gary Neville’s ‘The Overlap’ Tours With Sky Max; ‘Alien Storm’ Cast Set; Indian Originals Land MENA Homes; Mastiff TV Hires — Global Briefs
eOne Making TV Adaptation Of Janice Hallet’s ‘The Twyford Code’
eOne is prepping an adaptation of Janice Hallett’s The Twyford Code – the first fruits of the studio’s deal with BAFTA-winning writer-director Paul Andrew Williams. The book is written via automatic transcriptions of recordings made by a former prisoner determined to discover what happened to his teacher. eOne will co-produce with former Sky Studios drama boss Cameron Roach’s Rope Ladder Fiction, with Williams directing and eOne handling global rights. “Janice Hallett’s ingenious second novel has rightly gained a fanbase of epic proportions,” said Sharon Hughff, eOne’s Creative Director, Scripted Television, UK. Deadline revealed eOne’s deal with Williams last year and the Broadchurch director is forging scripted TV shows for all platforms.
Gary Neville Takes ‘The Overlap On Tour’ For Sky Max
English footballer turned pundit Gary Neville is taking his YouTube series The Overlap on the road for a Sky Max four-parter. Neville will be joined by his former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane, England teammate Jamie Carragher and other guests in The Overlap on Tour, as they visit four cities across the UK and Ireland taking in iconic tourist attractions, grassroots clubs and other locations in the surrounding region. The Overlap is produced for Sky by Neville’s Buzz 16, which also makes Micah Richards: Tackling Racism for Sky Documentaries. Filming will start next month and show will air later this year.
Sci-Fi Horror ‘Alien Storm’ Rounds Out Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead) Tom Arnold (True Lies, Cradle 2 the Grave) and Devanny Pinn (Battle For Saipan, House of Manson) have joined the cast of Adam Werth’s sci-fi-horror feature Alien Storm. The film follows a father, businessman and secret doomsday prepper who escorts people to the safety of his bunker – actually an underground house – when a massive and potentially deadly fog descends and cuts the power at his home. Mike Ferguson, and Laura Mason also star. Robert Standley, Mike Ferguson, and Laura Mason also star. Werth is writer and director, and the producers are Michael Mahal and Sonny Mahal for Mahal Empire. Greg Tally serves as co-producer with BJ Mezek, Jared Safier, Thomas Walton, Warren Dean Fulton, Lisa Hinds and Tony DeGuide executive producing. Sorbo is represented by Maverick Artists Agency and Endorse Management Group, Arnold by A3 Artists Agency and Link Entertainment, and Pinn by Universal Attractions and Sheila Legette Entertainment.
Evision Bags MX Player Originals For MENA Streaming
Middle East and North African streamer Evision has acquired seven MX Player original series. The E&Life-owned streamer has taken exclusive MENA SVOD rights through its deal with Dubai-based distributor SynProNize. The series all debuted on Indian streamer MX Player as branded originals. They are crime drama Dharavi Bank starring Suniel Shetty; romantic mystery drama Roohaniyat; Prakash Jha-directed Aashram; Matsya Kaand, a cat and mouse chase featuring a ruthless cop and an honorable con artist; 1990s Mumbai-set Thinkistan, about the contrasting fortunes of copywriters an ad agency; relationship drama Pawan & Pooja; and Queen, from directors Gautham Vasudev Menon and Prasath Murugesan, which tells the true-life story of reluctant actress and politician and non-conformist Shakthi Sheshadri.
Mastiff TV Builds With COO & Reality Chief
Copenhagen’s Mastiff TV Denmark has has appointed Cornelius Moulvad as COO and Louise Runge Erichsen as Head of Reality, with both roles reporting to Chief Executive Officer Kristian Farcin-Leth. Moulvad joins the Banijay Nordic producer from creative agency Splay One, having previously been a Production Manager at Mastiff TV for several years. Erichsen takes on a newly created role of Head of Reality, working closely with Chief Creative Officer David Sidebotham. Mastiff’s original unscripted shows include Drag Me Out, Wild Wonderful Denmark and The Journey and it produces the local versions of Survivor and SAS: Who Dares Wins.