Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in 2014’s Beyond the Lights, is joining the high-profile cast of Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time in a key role.
Ava DuVernay is directing the project, which has a script by Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Oprah Winfrey,Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are the A-listers surrounding rising actress Storm Reid, who is leading the cast of the studio’s take on Madeleine L’Engle’s children’s book.
Channel 4 is launching a new talent scheme which will bring on the next generation of writers and directors giving them the chance to see their work broadcast on Channel 4. The scheme, 4Stories, is aimed at encouraging applications from talent currently under-represented in television drama – women, disabled people, BAME and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed that she is eager to create a show for the UK and is eyeing the possibility of tapping into Disney’s increasingly international production presence. Speaking exclusively to Broadcast at Mipcom, Rhimes said that she had been inspired by her recent experience of working with British actors, writers and production talent. “It’s a new day in television,” she said. “Working outside of the States is something I have always wanted to do.”
The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, closed having received record breaking attendance 184,700, an 18% increase from 157,000 in 2015, with the new temporary Embankment Garden Cinema contributing significantly to that growth. A further 8,200 people enjoyed the Festival through satellite screenings across the UK of Opening Night film Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and Werner Herzog’sLo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World which, in a first for the Festival, was also made available online as a virtual premiere. UK-wide access brought the overall audience total to 193,129.
ITV2 has ordered four BAME-friendly comedy and entertainment specials, commissioned by recently appointed digital channels boss Rosemary Newell and entertainment commissioning editor Asif Zubairy. The one-offs, which will air in the run up to the MOBO awards on ITV2 next month, are all fronted and produced by BAME talent.
The BBC has announced Black And British, a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.
Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the Black And British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season will also cast a fresh light on Black history, examining the contribution and impact of Black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be Black and British today.
Here's a first look at the new series of Channel 4's BAFTA nominated drama Humans starring Ivano Jeremiah, Emily Berrington, Colin Morgan and Gemma Chan. New additions to the cast include Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss, True Blood's Marshall Allman, Nashville'sSam Palladio and Letitia Wright, who appeared in E4's Banana.
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker is the latest big talent to join the already impressive cast roster of Marvel's Black Panther, along with Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War). In addition to Chadwick Boseman, who made his impressive debut as the titular Wakandan king, spiritual figure, and superhero in Civil War, Ryan Coogler‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up has also lined up Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Killmonger, Andy Serkis as Age of Ultron’s low-tier baddie Ulysses Claw, and Winston Duke as a key villain M’Baka, nee “Man-Ape”.
This week saw Charlie Brooker preview episodes from the new series of Black Mirror, which is set to premiere on Netflix on 21st October.
Produced by House of Tomorrow, the anthology series features 12 stand-alone episodes telling suspenseful tales exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia, reflecting our 21st Century anxieties. The series has been recognized with an international Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award, and been nominated for a Bafta award. Annabel Jones serves alongside Brooker as executive producer and showrunner.