A+E Networks, Netflix Partner on True Crime Show ‘I Am a Killer’

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A+E Networks U.K. is partnering with Netflix and Sky Vision Productions on new true crime show “I Am a Killer,” A+E announced Monday. The 10-part show for the Crime + Investigation Network, the European channel co-owned by A+E and Sky, will premiere in Britain later in the spring. Each hour-long episode will profile a different […]

‘Top Boy’ Star Ashley Walters Stopped At Airport En Route To Mip TV After Having Bullet Keyring

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Top Boy star Ashley Walters is coming to Cannes to promote his latest drama Bulletproof, but faced some trouble on his way after being stopped for having a key chain with a bullet.
The actor and musician, who was part of British group So Solid Crew, is heading to Mip TV to promote the drama, which is produced by Vertigo Films, including an interview with Deadline. But the controversial star had a slightly longer journey than first expected.
He was held up at Heathrow…

Sky To Close In-House Production Division; Danny Tipping To Join Sky-Backed Znak & Co

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Sky is to close its in-house production division and its programming boss Danny Tipping will join Sky-backed U.S./UK producer Znak & Co. to become its factual chief.
The British pay-TV broadcaster will close Sky Vision Productions, which produces series such as CBC and Foxtel’s Death Row Doctors and Discovery-owned Quest’s Inventions That Rocked The World (above), as well as its Chorleywood production facility. The company’s distribution post-production facility will move…

The London Screenings: UK Distributors and Hollywood Studios Prepare For Onslaught Of Global TV Buyers

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The major British distributors and Hollywood studios are preparing for an onslaught of international TV buyers with hundreds descending on London and Liverpool, hopefully with their wellington boots at the ready, to snap up the latest scripted gems.

Later this week, around 700 buyers are expected to hit the UK for the start of BBC Showcase, the annual programming bonanza held in Liverpool. The event, which runs Sunday 18 February to Wednesday 21 February in the home of…

BBC Worldwide Investment; Banff Names Honouree; Sky Vision Closes ‘Britannia’ Sales – Global Briefs

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BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in Clerkenwell Films, the British production company behind Netflix co-production The End of the F***ing World. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster has increased its stake from 25% to 48% in the Murray Ferguson-run firm, which also produced series including Misfits and Lovesick. Clerkenwell is the latest production company that BBCWW has increased its ownership stake in; it previously increased ownership of The Trip

Issa Rae Pitching Dystopian Sci-Fi Drama As Part of Diverse Writers’ Scheme

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Issa Rae, star of HBO’s Insecure, is pitching a dystopian sci-fi series to broadcasters and streaming after launching a diverse writers’ initiative. Rae’s production company ColorCreative.TV, which she runs with Deniese Davis, has taken out The Awoken from Katelyn Howes after the newcomer beat more than 2,000 others to win the Fresh Wave scheme.
The scheme was set up by Rae, Sky Vision, the international distribution division of the UK pay-TV broadcaster, and Talos Films

Issa Rae’s Talent Drive Leads to Sci-Fi Pilot ‘The Awoken’

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Buyers in L.A. will get a first look at “The Awoken” on Thursday, a new pilot presentation emanating from Issa Rae’s drive to find TV writers from under-represented sections of society. Rae, creator, co-writer and star of HBO’s “Insecure,” has spearheaded the Fresh Wave! initiative through ColorCreative, the production company she runs with producing partner […]