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Today — 25 July 2024Variety

Sky Content Boss Zai Bennett Jumps Ship to BBC Studios as Chief Creative Officer

25 July 2024 at 10:05
Sky Studios content boss Zai Bennett has jumped ship to BBC Studios Productions, where he has been appointed CEO and chief creative officer. Bennett’s remit will span the company’s U.K. and international production units as well as owned labels (such as “Baby Reindeer” producer Clerkenwell Films) and invested indies. In terms of genre, it covers […]

Sony Pictures Television Inks Co-Production Deal With Anxo Rodríguez’s Espotlight in Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

25 July 2024 at 07:30
Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) has inked multi-year co-production deal with Anxo Rodríguez’s Spanish production company Espotlight (“The Farad,” “Un Nuevo Amanecer.”) Under the deal, which further consolidates SPT’s presence in Spain, SPT will co-develop and co-produce new productions with Espotlight. Rodríguez is a Goya Award-winning producer with a background in law and business affairs. He […]

Yesterday — 24 July 2024Variety

Prince Harry Says Tabloid Lawsuits Added to ‘Rift’ With Royal Family, Claims Mother Diana Was ‘Probably One of the First People to Be Hacked’

24 July 2024 at 14:01
Prince Harry has spoken publicly for the first time about one of his many legal battles against the tabloids, saying his experience with the British press led to “a lot of I guess, paranoia, fear, worry, concern, distrust in the people around you.” Speaking in upcoming documentary “Tabloids On Trial,” which is set to air […]

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Cate Blanchett Boards Venice-Bound Short Film ‘Marion’ as Executive Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

23 July 2024 at 13:11
Cate Blanchett has boarded Venice-bound short film “Marion” as an executive producer. Sienna Miller is also an exec producer on the project, which was written and co-directed by Joe Weiland (“Gorka”) and Finn Constantine. The short film, about a female bull-jumper juggling motherhood and career, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival this […]

Con Woman Docuseries ‘Fugitive: The Mystery of the Crypto Queen’ Sells Wide (EXCLUSIVE)

23 July 2024 at 12:30
Docuseries “Fugitive: The Mystery of the Crypto Queen,” about one of the most wanted women in the world, has sold across 31 territories, Variety can confirm. The globe-spanning mystery, which filmed across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, tells the story of Ruja Ignatova, the founder of fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme OneCoin and the only woman […]

Back to Hogwarts 2024: Warner Bros. Discovery Sets Out Global ‘Harry Potter’ Celebrations

23 July 2024 at 12:00
Back to Hogwarts, the annual “Harry Potter” fan event, is set to return this year in a slightly new format. While in-person events will be taking place in select locations, Warner Bros. Discovery are discouraging fans from traveling to Kings Cross train station in London, where previous celebrations have taken place. Taking place on Sept. […]

Heath Ledger Movie ‘A Knight’s Tale’ Gets Musical Theater Adaptation, Sets U.K. Debut

23 July 2024 at 11:06
“A Knight’s Tale” is set to be turned into a musical, with the theatrical show set to debut in Manchester, U.K. next year. The 2001 movie, which starred Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell, continues to endure. It stars Ledger as a peasant who passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the world […]

UTA Taps Agent Beth Heard for U.K. Creators Division (EXCLUSIVE)

22 July 2024 at 15:30
United Talent Agency (UTA) has added agent Beth Heard to its U.K. Creators division. Heard’s remit will include expanding UTA’s roster of digital-first and audio talent, which already includes Madeline Argy, RedHanded, Jampot Productions and Young Filly. Heard joins from London management agency Sixteenth, where she spent three years as head of talent, repping thought […]

Danish Feature Drama ‘The Food Club’ Set for Sequel, LevelK to Distribute Internationally (EXCLUSIVE)

22 July 2024 at 10:00
Kirsten Olesen, Stina Ekblad and Kirsten Lehfeldt are set to reprise their roles in a sequel to Danish feature drama “The Food Club.” LevelK are returning to distribute the film internationally. “The Food Club 2,” which started shooting on July 1, will be directed by Charlotte Sachs Bostrup (“The Cartel,” “Mom Squad”), who also co-wrote […]

Edinburgh TV Festival Unveils Frontiers Strand Lineup Joining Headliner Will.I.Am (EXCLUSIVE)

22 July 2024 at 10:00 will be joined by a range of speakers including The Sidemen manager Jordan Schwarzenberger at the new “future-gazing” Frontiers strand of the Edinburgh TV Festival, Variety can confirm. Also speaking are HaZ Dulull, Yammy, ShxtsNGigs, Ben Zand, Fitwaffle, Ash Holme, Elz the Witch, Wimbledom digital products lead Chris Clements and Cowshed Collective’s head of creative […]

‘The Jetty’ Star Jenna Coleman on Ember’s Murky Past and That Shocking Twist: ‘The Ending Used to Be Extremely Different’

19 July 2024 at 10:14
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains major spoilers for “The Jetty,” now streaming on iPlayer in the U.K. In new BBC drama “The Jetty” Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who,” “The Sandman”) plays Detective Ember Manning, whose investigation into an abused teenager sets her onto a cold case relating to another missing teen, Amy Knightly, who disappeared some […]

Lighthouse Pictures Ups Jameson Parker to CEO Following Acquisition by Martini Film Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

18 July 2024 at 14:26
Lighthouse Pictures has upped production VP Jameson Parker to CEO, Variety has learned. Former CEO and co-founder Jamie Goehring is staying on to oversee day-to-day operations while Parker will be tasked with expanding the company’s production pipeline and moving into new markets. The news comes after Vancouver-based Lighthouse was acquired by Martini Film Studios in […]

Emilia Clarke, Gerard Butler and Simone Ashley to Voice Animated Feature ‘The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland’ (EXCLUSIVE)

18 July 2024 at 14:00
Emilia Clarke, Gerard Butler and Simone Ashley are lending their voices to upcoming animated musical “The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland.” Produced by Universal Pictures Content Group and Lupus Films, the film is based on Carys Bexington’s bestselling book which mashed up two classic stories: Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Clement Clarke Moore’s poem […]

‘The Northman’ Star Ingvar Sigurdsson Replaces Joseph Mawle in Middle Ages Drama ‘King & Conqueror’

15 July 2024 at 13:00
“The Northman” star Ingvar Sigurdsson has replaced Joseph Mawle in Middle Ages drama “King & Conqueror.” Sigurdsson, who has also appeared in “Everest” and “Killing Eve,” will take on the role of Fitzosbern, protector of William of Normandy. He’s described as “a grounded and straightforward soldier who has stood beside William his whole life” and […]

HollyShorts Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Star-Studded Lineup Including Shorts From Zoe Saldana, Bella Thorne and Jamie Lee Curtis (EXCLUSIVE)

12 July 2024 at 13:00
HollyShorts Film Festival is returning for its 20th edition with a star-studded lineup. 400 films have been selected from over 6,000 entries with films from Zoe Saldana, Bella Thorne and Jamie Lee Curtis making the final cut. HollyShorts includes four Oscar-qualifying categories, including documentary short film, best short film grand prize, best short animation and […]

Netflix Sci-Fi Horror ‘The Platform 2’ Unveils 2024 Release Date and New Images of Mysterious Newcomer Milena Smit

11 July 2024 at 13:00
The highly anticipated sequel to sci-fi horror “The Platform” has set a release date, with the residents of The Pit returning to screens after five years. The film is set to hit Netflix on Oct. 4, just in time for spooky season. 2019’s “The Platform” is one of the streamer’s most popular Spanish films ever, […]

‘Made in Korea: The K-Pop Experience’ Bootcamp Reality Show Snapped Up by the BBC

11 July 2024 at 11:01
“Made in Korea: The K-Pop Experience” has been snapped up by the BBC for U.K. audiences. The six-part series will follow five U.K. contestants as they’re flown to South Korea and put through a rigorous 100-day K-pop training course in the hope of emerging as the world’s biggest new boy band. “Cameras go behind closed […]

France Televisions Boards BBC’s ‘Zelensky’ Docuseries (EXCLUSIVE)

11 July 2024 at 08:30
France TV have inked a production deal with Fremantle to board BBC docuseries “Zelensky” (working title). The documentary series, from Fremantle’s 72 Films, is being made in collaboration with The Open University and includes interviews with both the Ukrainian leader and his wife as well as on-the-ground footage as Ukraine battles to maintain independence in […]

Controversial British Politician Jacob Rees-Mogg Gets Discovery+ Docuseries

10 July 2024 at 09:13
Controversial British politician Jacob Rees-Mogg is getting his own reality show, it’s been confirmed. The Discovery+ U.K. and Ireland series is titled “Meet the Rees Moggs” and will follow the former member of Parliament – who lost his Parliamentary seat last week – over the course of five, 60-minute long episodes. The series, produced by […]