Major London Film & TV Studio Moves Ahead After $140M Deal With Pacifica Ventures & MCC

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The largest new film and media studios to be built in London for decades will be constructed and operated in Dagenham, East London, by U.S. production facilities specialist Pacifica Ventures in partnership with private equity firm Media Content Capital.
Barking and Dagenham Council said today that the two firms have emerged victorious in the hotly contested bidding process to build the the 22-acre site. Promotion agency Film London and property consultants Lambert Smith…

‘The Far Pavilions’ Eyed As Epic 30-Hour, $150M UK/India Co-Production

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As part of his official visit to India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans for a $150M UK/India drama co-production of The Far Pavilions, based on the epic novel of British-Indian history by MM Kaye. The book previously was adapted as HBO‘s first miniseries in 1984, starring Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Omar Sharif and Christopher Lee. The latest version will consist of 30 hourlong episodes and be produced by Michael Ward and Colin Burrows for Beautiful Bay…

‘The Far Pavilions’ Set for $150 Million Remake in U.K.-India Co-Production

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More than 30 years after HBO turned it into its first-ever miniseries, the M.M. Kaye novel “The Far Pavilions” is being re-made for television as an epic U.K-India co-production budgeted at £113 million ($150 million). Beautiful Bay Prods., which is run by Indian-based Michael Ward and British-based Colin Burrows, will make the series. It will […]

MPs Debate Trump Twitter Punch At UK PM; Urge State Visit Be Called Off – Update

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UPDATE: British Prime Minister Theresa May has doubled down on her condemnation of President Donald Trump‘s retweeting of far-right extremist groups in the UK, but has said that the two countries’ “special relationship” should continue in spite of this latest tweet storm.
Speaking at the Jordan Museum in Amman, she said, “The fact that we work together [with the U.S] does not mean that we’re afraid to say when we think the U.S. has got it wrong and I’m very clear that…

Plans Advance For Major London Studio Facility With Study, Call For Investors

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A feasibility study commissioned just over a year ago has found that the Dagenham East area of London “is the ideal location for Hollywood-style studio space.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Film London and Barking and Dagenham Council shared findings of the report today and invited expressions of interest from investors, entrepreneurs and businesses with the formal tender process due to begin in 2018. In keeping with his post-Brexit “London is Open” campaign, Khan said, “I…

London Mayor Tweets Condolences To Slaughter Victims’ Families On “Sad Day For Las Vegas”

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted condolences to the victims’ families, after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, calling it a “deeply sad day for the city of Las Vegas.”
Khan’s tweet is in marked contrast to President Donald Trump’s tweet immediately following the June attack in London that left slagging of Khan in June after an attack in that city.
Trump’s initial reax had been to bash Khan, tweeting   “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of…