Sky has hired BBC comedy commissioner Tilusha Ghelani as part of its latest push into comedy. Ghelani has joined as commissioning editor, comedy and will work across Sky’s portfolio of channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, and Sky Arts, as well as its on-demand service.
The BFI's Black Star season highlights will include Boys N the Hood and In the Heat of the Night back on screens across the UK, a Desmond’s reunion event and a BFI London Film Festival global symposium event examining on-screen representation.
Nicole Albarelli’s debut feature, starring Ed Hayter, Freddie Thorp, Adam Deacon and Diana Vickers, will premiere at the British Urban Film Festival in September.
In To Dream, Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan. But when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever. Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers also star in the Neo-noir drama from first-time director Nicole Albarelli, born in Baltimore but now residing in London. The movie marks the screen debut of Freddie Thorp who has just completed filming for upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Overdrive, starring alongside Sean Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood. To Dream also marks Adam Deacon's return to the big screen after a 2 year hiatus. Deacon won the BAFTA rising star award in 2012. Watch the teaser-trailer below.
Second Star is taking the heat out of hunting for a flatmate with a TX pilot commissioned by E4 which will see Charlie Sloth pick the perfect person to move in to a house share.
Nine million people across the UK rent and with 50% of young people renting as opposed to buying. Property… Boom! (working title) is the property show for tenants not buyers. Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter (and self-professed ‘best looking fat man in the universe’), Sloth will use his extensive property knowledge to show that renters can live the property dream and snag a great pad without having to buy.
Luther star Nikki Amuka-Bird and Hollow Crown actor Phoebe Fox are set to star in the BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith novel NW.
The two actors have begun filming the BBC2 drama based on Smith's bestselling book, a story of two friends who grew up together in north west London but now live very different lives. The 90-minute drama is directed by Saul Dibb, director of The Duchess starring Kiera Knightley. Amuka-Bird, best known for playing DC Erin Gray opposite Idris Elba in BBC1 drama Luther, will play Natalie, while Fox will play her longest friend Leah.
The project will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and del Toro will produce the action-adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions outfit. Cale Boyter will serve as the pic’s executive producer. Universal Pictures is distributing the movie around the world with the exception of China.
The public are being offered the chance to buy into and shape a UK TV channel as part of a crowdsourced share scheme designed to create the first “channel owned by the people for the people”. The Community Channel, currently run by the Media Trust, is trying to raise £300,000 by offering tiers of membership through crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder and become a community society owned by backers.
The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries.
Entries are now open for this year’s Hot Shots, Broadcast’s annual portfolio of talented under-30s currently making their mark in TV. The industry publication is looking for the brightest and best individuals from all backgrounds, across all genres of TV and in all roles – the forward thinkers who might be working across many platforms and under their own steam.