Robert Redford’s ‘The Old Man & The Gun’ & Ben Wheatley’s ‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ To Play In Competition At LFF

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Robert Redford’s The Old Man & The Gun, Nicole Kidman’s Destroyer and Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley’s follow-up to Free Fire, are among the titles to play in competition at the London Film Festival.
The 62nd run of the festival has a…

‘Orphan Black’ Producer Temple Street To Adapt P.T Barnum Story ‘The Biggest Modern Woman Of The World’ For TV

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Susan Swan’s novel The Biggest Modern Woman of the World is being adapted for television by Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions.
The Canadian producer has optioned the 1983 book and Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, who has written on …

‘The O.C’s Adam Brody Joins Sky’s ‘Fast & The Furious’-Style Drama ‘Curfew’; Strikes U.S. Deal With Charter

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The O.C. star Adam Brody has joined Sky’s Fast and the Furious-style drama Curfew and the show will air exclusively on Charter Communications via its Spectrum Originals in 2019.
Brody will play mysterious megalomaniac millionaire Max Larssen in the str…

‘Bodyguard’ Creator Jed Mercurio Eyes Second Season Of BBC Thriller After Amber Rudd Endorsement

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Jed Mercurio, creator of BBC breakout drama Bodyguard, is eyeing a second season of the terror thriller after stellar opening ratings and an endorsement from former Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
The six-part drama, which which stars Game Of Thrones alum R…

‘The Crown’: First Look At Tobias Menzies As Prince Philip In Netflix’s Royal Drama

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His Royal Highness… Prince Philip. Netflix has released the first look at Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh, husband and consort to the Queen in the third season of The Crown.
Menzies takes over from Matt Smith in seasons three and four to …

BBC One Terror Thriller ‘Bodyguard’ Becomes Biggest New UK Drama Launch In 2018 With 6.9M Peak & 35% Share

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British TV terror thriller Bodyguard became the biggest new drama launch in the UK this year with a peak of 6.9M viewers and a 35% share watching its Sunday night debut.
The six-part BBC One drama, which stars Game Of Thrones alum Richard Madden and Li…

British Podcast ‘My Dad Wrote A Porno’ To Be Adapted For U.S. Television, Deal Imminent

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My Dad Wrote A Porno, the breakout British podcast, is finally set to be adapted for U.S. television with co-creator James Cooper revealing that a deal for the show is imminent.
The podcast sees Cooper, Jamie Morton and Alice Levine read extracts of a …

Paul Telegdy Lifts The Lid On Comcast/Sky, Shiny Floor Challenges, Fake News & ‘Shark Tank’ Envy – Edinburgh

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NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy has stated that Comcast acquiring Sky would be a “great thing” that would lead to further collaboration between the European pay-TV giant and the Hollywood studio.
Telegdy gave his thoughts on the drawn out mega-merger at…

Viacom’s Channel 5 Lines Up Vice Studios’ ‘Drug Wars’ Documentary Series – Edinburgh

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Viacom’s Channel 5 is racking up another documentary series from Vice Studios. The broadcaster has ordered four-part series Drug Wars looking at prolific drug use across the UK.
The commission follows Vice Studios’ C5 doc Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic, wh…

Starz Picks Up Gritty British Drama ‘Save Me’ From ‘Fear The Walking Dead’s Lennie James – Edinburgh

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Starz has picked up gritty British drama Save Me, starring Fear The Walking Dead star Lennie James.
The premium broadcaster has acquired the show, which was commissioned by Sky, and will air it starting on September 6. It was sold by Sky distribution d…

Netflix Launches Unscripted Slate Including Cooking Competition ‘The Final Table’ & ‘Death By Magic’ – Edinburgh

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Netflix is doubling down on unscripted series with a raft of new titles including a new cooking from the producers of MasterChef and a pair of magic projects.
The SVOD service has ordered The Final Table, Death by Magic and Derren Brown: Sacrifice alon…

Viacom’s UK Net Channel 5 Gets Back Into Drama With Psychological Thriller ‘Cold Call’ – Edinburgh

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EXCLUSIVE: Viacom’s British broadcaster Channel 5 is getting back into the drama business – commissioning a four-part psychological thriller – its first original drama order in four years.
The broadcaster has ordered Cold Call from Chalkboa…

Viacom’s Channel 5 Strikes Terms Of Trade Deal With UK Producers – Edinburgh

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Viacom-owned British broadcaster Channel 5 has agreed a terms of trade deal with independent producers that will simplify complicated rights’ negotiations.
The network, which airs series such as Big Brother in the UK, is on the verge of signing t…

Discovery Eyes Natural History & Live Events Push To Turnaround Ratings Decline – Edinburgh

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Discovery is to get back into natural history and live events and supercharge its existing franchises such as Gold Rush after recently installed channel boss Nancy Daniels admitted that the Discovery channel is a “turnaround job”.
Daniels, who joined a…

‘Peaky Blinders’ Set To Move From BBC Two To BBC One For Season 5 – Edinburgh

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Peaky Blinders is set to get even bigger after the BBC moved the period gangster thriller from BBC Two to BBC One.
The scheduling move will likely mean that Steven Knight’s drama, centered around the Shelby crime family, will add to the 3.6M audience t…

British Remake Of Lifetime’s ‘The Rap Game’ Lands At BBC Three – Edinburgh

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The British remake of Lifetime’s The Rap Game has landed at BBC Three.
The UK public broadcaster has ordered a six-part series from Simon Andreae’s Naked Television after the FremantleMedia-backed firm optioned the rights from A+E Networks.
Five aspiri…

A+E Networks’ History Asks ‘Why Does Everyone Hate The English?’ With Comedian Al Murray – Edinburgh

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EXCLUSIVE: Why does everyone hate the English? That’s the question being posed by British comedian Al Murray in a five-part series for A+E Networks’ History.
The British pay broadcaster has ordered Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English? from La…

Aztec Camera Label Postcard Records Set To Be Focus Of Feature Film As Freedom Strikes BBC Studios Deal – Edinburgh

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Postcard Records, the influential indie record label behind bands including Orange Juice and Aztec Camera is the basis for a feature film from new Scottish producer Freedom, which has struck a development and production deal with BBC Studios.
Freedom i…