Fox Names Benjamin Bach MD for Germany, Replacing Vincent  De La Tour

Twentieth Century Fox has upped Benjamin Bach to managing director, theatrical, for Austria and Germany. In Germany he takes over from the long-serving Vincent de la Tour who is leaving after 27 years. Bach has been MD of Fox’s operations in Aust…

Twentieth Century Fox has upped Benjamin Bach to managing director, theatrical, for Austria and Germany. In Germany he takes over from the long-serving Vincent de la Tour who is leaving after 27 years. Bach has been MD of Fox’s operations in Austria since 2012 and he steps into his new, expanded, role immediately. He will […]

Jodie Whittaker to Return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020 Amid Strong U.S. Ratings

“Doctor Who” will be back on global screens in early 2020, with Jodie Whittaker returning in her groundbreaking role as the show’s first regular female timelord. The show was renewed by the BBC amid mixed overnight but strong consolidated numbers…

“Doctor Who” will be back on global screens in early 2020, with Jodie Whittaker returning in her groundbreaking role as the show’s first regular female timelord. The show was renewed by the BBC amid mixed overnight but strong consolidated numbers in the U.K., and strong ratings in the U.S. British viewers tuned in in droves to […]

Park Circus Names Former UIP Exec Mark Hirzberger-Taylor as New CEO

Mark Hirzberger-Taylor will take charge of Park Circus from March 2019, replacing Nick Varley and John Letham, the outgoing founders and co-CEOs of the Scotland-based distributor. Hirzberger-Taylor was a territory manager in Indonesia, Turkey and Austr…

Mark Hirzberger-Taylor will take charge of Park Circus from March 2019, replacing Nick Varley and John Letham, the outgoing founders and co-CEOs of the Scotland-based distributor. Hirzberger-Taylor was a territory manager in Indonesia, Turkey and Austria for UIP. Recently, he has been consulting for Paramount Pictures in the Austrian market. “Nick and John have built […]

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Lot in Scotland Could Become Permanent Studio

An industrial site near Edinburgh that was used to shoot parts of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is being primed as a permanent major film and TV studio in Scotland. Local film agency Screen Scotland is asking for private partners to join the projec…

An industrial site near Edinburgh that was used to shoot parts of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is being primed as a permanent major film and TV studio in Scotland. Local film agency Screen Scotland is asking for private partners to join the project to develop the 8.6-acre site at Bath Road in the Port of […]

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni Win Women in Film & TV U.K. Awards

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the top writing award and Rungano Nyoni the newcomer accolade from influential British industry organization Women in Film & TV. Actress Juliet Stevenson, whose numerous film credits include “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and “…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the top writing award and Rungano Nyoni the newcomer accolade from influential British industry organization Women in Film & TV. Actress Juliet Stevenson, whose numerous film credits include “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and “Bend it Like Beckham,” will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony Friday. Waller-Bridge broke out with […]

Sky’s ‘Das Boot’ Sets Sail for Second Season

“Das Boot” will hit the high seas for a second season after Sky Deutschland renewed the big-budget wartime drama series, which was inspired by the 1981 Oscar-nominated movie of the same name. The freshman season of the show premiered Nov. 23 on the Sky…

“Das Boot” will hit the high seas for a second season after Sky Deutschland renewed the big-budget wartime drama series, which was inspired by the 1981 Oscar-nominated movie of the same name. The freshman season of the show premiered Nov. 23 on the Sky pay-TV platform in Germany. It has netted 1.13 million TV viewers […]

‘Top Chef’ Gets Cooking in Germany for ProSiebenSat.1

NBCUniversal and ProSiebenSat.1 have cooked up the first-ever deal for a local version of the popular “Top Chef” format in Germany. In the show, chefs face off in a battle of culinary skills and take on cooking challenges that test their expertise in t…

NBCUniversal and ProSiebenSat.1 have cooked up the first-ever deal for a local version of the popular “Top Chef” format in Germany. In the show, chefs face off in a battle of culinary skills and take on cooking challenges that test their expertise in the kitchen. The format sees one chef eliminated each week as the […]

Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’

Fresh from winning best actor for his performance in “A Prayer Before Dawn” at the BIFAs, Joe Cole has joined Pulse Films’ upcoming drama “Gangs of London.” Sope Dirisu (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) has also signed up to the series, which …

Fresh from winning best actor for his performance in “A Prayer Before Dawn” at the BIFAs, Joe Cole has joined Pulse Films’ upcoming drama “Gangs of London.” Sope Dirisu (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) has also signed up to the series, which will be on Sky in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S. Production is […]

‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Crew Reunite for Charity Short Film

The stars of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” including Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and Kristin Scott Thomas, are reuniting for the first time in a quarter-century for “One Red Nose Day and a Wedding,” a one-off short film that will air on th…

The stars of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” including Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and Kristin Scott Thomas, are reuniting for the first time in a quarter-century for “One Red Nose Day and a Wedding,” a one-off short film that will air on the BBC in Britain and NBC in the U.S. next year as part […]

New Neil Armstrong Doc Features Rare Home Video and NASA Footage (EXCLUSIVE)

A new documentary film about Neil Armstrong will use home videos shot by the man himself and unseen footage from NASA to tell the celebrated U.S. astronaut’s life story. “Armstrong” is in production and will launch in 2019 to coincide with the 50…

A new documentary film about Neil Armstrong will use home videos shot by the man himself and unseen footage from NASA to tell the celebrated U.S. astronaut’s life story. “Armstrong” is in production and will launch in 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings. The producers of “Armstrong,” Tin Goose […]

BBC Orders First U.K. Version of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

There will be a new “Queen of Great Britain” crowned when a U.K. version of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” starts on the BBC next year. The British pubcaster has ordered a local version of the unscripted hit for its online channel BBC Three. It marks the first t…

There will be a new “Queen of Great Britain” crowned when a U.K. version of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” starts on the BBC next year. The British pubcaster has ordered a local version of the unscripted hit for its online channel BBC Three. It marks the first time the series, which sees drag artists compete against […]

TV Adaptation of Deon Meyer’s ‘Trackers’ Set as Africa-Germany Co-Production

Bestselling South African author Deon Meyer’s “Trackers” is being adapted for TV after African pay-TV heavyweight Multichoice teamed with German pubcaster ZDF to bring the thriller to the small screen. “Trackers” interweaves three story strands into a …

Bestselling South African author Deon Meyer’s “Trackers” is being adapted for TV after African pay-TV heavyweight Multichoice teamed with German pubcaster ZDF to bring the thriller to the small screen. “Trackers” interweaves three story strands into a thriller spanning the length and breadth of South Africa and involving organized crime, smuggled diamonds, state security, black […]

Sharon Horgan, Producers of ‘Peaky Blinders’ Get ‘Dirty’ for Amazon

Some hot production companies are getting “Dirty” for Amazon. Sharon Horgan’s Merman and “Peaky Blinders” producer Caryn Mandabach Productions are developing gritty drama “Dirty” for Amazon Studios alongside Kapital Entertainment. In-demand writer Dann…

Some hot production companies are getting “Dirty” for Amazon. Sharon Horgan’s Merman and “Peaky Blinders” producer Caryn Mandabach Productions are developing gritty drama “Dirty” for Amazon Studios alongside Kapital Entertainment. In-demand writer Danny Brocklehurst (“Safe”) will pen and exec produce the series, which promises to be a “funny, filthy, brutally honest look at modern lives,” […]

BAFTA Sets Date for 2020 Film Awards, Remains Ahead of the Oscars

BAFTA’s annual Film Awards have shifted to an earlier date in 2020 to stay in their usual slot ahead of the Academy Awards. The BAFTA ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, one week before the Oscars, which themselves were moved up a few months ag…

BAFTA’s annual Film Awards have shifted to an earlier date in 2020 to stay in their usual slot ahead of the Academy Awards. The BAFTA ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, one week before the Oscars, which themselves were moved up a few months ago from Feb. 23, 2020. The new BAFTA date […]

John Niven Adapting ‘Straight White Male’ for TV With Yellow Bird U.K.

John Niven is adapting his book “Straight White Male” for TV with the U.K. arm of “Wallander” producer Yellow Bird. The author’s “Kill Your Friends” was adapted for the big screen in 2015 and he will now take “Straight White Male” to TV. The book follo…

John Niven is adapting his book “Straight White Male” for TV with the U.K. arm of “Wallander” producer Yellow Bird. The author’s “Kill Your Friends” was adapted for the big screen in 2015 and he will now take “Straight White Male” to TV. The book follows the personal and professional misadventures of Kennedy Marr, a […]

Sky and CBS Extend Programming Deal, ‘FBI’ Heading to the U.K.

Sky and CBS Studios International have extended their programming pact in deal that sees U.S. network drama “FBI” land on the U.K. pay TV platform as well as new seasons of “Madam Secretary” and “Hawaii Five-0.” The deal hands Sky a raft of CBS’ script…

Sky and CBS Studios International have extended their programming pact in deal that sees U.S. network drama “FBI” land on the U.K. pay TV platform as well as new seasons of “Madam Secretary” and “Hawaii Five-0.” The deal hands Sky a raft of CBS’ scripted series as well as “The Late Late Show with James […]

‘The Favourite’ Reigns at British Independent Film Awards

“The Favourite” outpaced the field at the British Independent Film Awards with a record haul of 10 prizes, including best film, best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and best director for Yorgos Lanthimos….

“The Favourite” outpaced the field at the British Independent Film Awards with a record haul of 10 prizes, including best film, best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and best director for Yorgos Lanthimos. The darkly comic costume drama had been expected to fare well after receiving 13 nominations, and its […]

Netflix Nets Documentary on Legendary England Soccer Manager Bobby Robson (EXCLUSIVE)

The story of one of the iconic figures of the beautiful game is coming to Netflix, which will launch “Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager” on its platform globally. The film tells the story of much-loved soccer player and manager Bobby Robson, who took c…

The story of one of the iconic figures of the beautiful game is coming to Netflix, which will launch “Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager” on its platform globally. The film tells the story of much-loved soccer player and manager Bobby Robson, who took charge of English club Ipswich and Spanish giants Barcelona among others […]

Netflix Orders ‘Young Wallander’ and New Series Set During French Revolution

The adventures of “Young Wallander” are coming to Netflix. The streaming giant has ordered a U.K.-Swedish series based on the early life of Henning Mankell’s popular police inspector, who has already been already depicted on the small screen in the BBC…

The adventures of “Young Wallander” are coming to Netflix. The streaming giant has ordered a U.K.-Swedish series based on the early life of Henning Mankell’s popular police inspector, who has already been already depicted on the small screen in the BBC “Wallander” series with Kenneth Branagh and a Swedish version with Krister Henriksson. Netflix has […]

Tom Winchester Named President, Heyday Television U.K.

Tom Winchester has been appointed president of Heyday Television’s U.K. operation. He joins the production outfit, a joint venture between film and TV producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal, in January. Heyday’s upcoming series out of the U.K.  include…

Tom Winchester has been appointed president of Heyday Television’s U.K. operation. He joins the production outfit, a joint venture between film and TV producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal, in January. Heyday’s upcoming series out of the U.K.  include “The Capture,” which will star Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, and the adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel […]

Miranda Richardson Joins ‘Rams’ Remake With Sam Neill, Michael Caton (EXCLUSIVE)

Miranda Richardson has signed on for the English-language remake of Un Certain Regard winner “Rams.” The British star of stage and screen joins a cast that includes Sam Neill and Michael Caton on the movie, which is currently shooting in western Austra…

Miranda Richardson has signed on for the English-language remake of Un Certain Regard winner “Rams.” The British star of stage and screen joins a cast that includes Sam Neill and Michael Caton on the movie, which is currently shooting in western Australia. Richardson plays Kat, the local veterinarian of a sheep-farming town hit by a […]