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.
London Live and the British Urban Film Festival have extended their exclusive UK and Ireland broadcast partnership until 2018, offering up to 10 films over the next two years. The new free-to-air agreement will bring even more festival content on-air having already premiered 4 films in 2015. London Live viewers can look forward to watching at least 10 films a year and follow all the build-up across its TV and media outlets. Increased digital coverage means BUFF audiences can enjoy additional content and interviews on-air and online.
Channel 4 has announced that Crazy Face, a bold new comedy horror series from BAFTA award-winning creator of MisfitsHoward Overman, will air on E4 and Netflix. Filled with Overman’s dark humour and unexpected twists, Crazy Face is a funny, gripping series about friendship, love and facing your demons that follows the angst and exorcisms of an unlikely duo of demon hunters, played by Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum).
Green Door Pictures, the indie led by Idris Elba, has hired a former FremantleMedia International executive to head up its development. Ana Garanito joins as head of development, having most recently worked at Runaway Fridge, the production company responsible for Michael Fassbender film Frank and the development of the TV adaptation of Clare Fuller novel Our Endless Numbered Days.
Sir Lenny Henry is to receive The Alan Clarke award for his outstanding contribution to TV at this year's TV awards ceremony on May 8th. The Alan Clarke award, named in honour of the late TV director, was last presented in 2015 to screenwriter Jeff Pope.
Directed by Sheridan De Myers (Thinking Out Loud, Money and Grime) and conceived by Kojo (star of MTV 2's Wild N Out), The Weekend is a British urban comedy starring Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kaate (AKA Mandem on the Wall).
Sixteen indies have been selected to receive business development training to help unlock up to £2m each in angel investment through the Indielab scheme. Production companies including Gary Lineker’s Goalhanger Films and Sundog, the indie owned by Richard Branson’s son Sam Branson, will take part in the inaugural project, which is backed by the mayor of London Boris Johnson.
BBC Three has announced new documentary series commissions from two of the channel’s original and highly acclaimed investigative presenters – Stacey Dooley and Reggie Yates – which will see them embark on their most immersive experiences yet.
Brainwashing Stacey Dooley will see Stacey Dooley immerse herself among different groups with extreme ideologies and beliefs, including the sports hunting community.
Reggie Yates: Worst Weeks will see Reggie Yates spend time behind bars in a Texan jail and go on patrol with the Mexican army.
ITV has confirmed the appointment of the BBC’s drama chief Polly Hill as its new head of drama along with a much-changed senior management team including Sue Murphy, the former Channel 4 executive responsible for My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Hill will head the broadcaster’s drama department succeeding Steve November, whose departure was announced last week. Murphy joins from independent production company Optomen, maker of various Gordon Ramsay shows, in the newly created role of head of factual entertainment.
Identity School of Acting and Talent Agency, led by Femi Oguns MBE, has announced that they will be launching Identity Theatre Company.
The successful part-time drama school’s alumni includes John Boyega (who is also a patron), Sophie Hopkins (Doctor Who spin-off Class), Ashley Thomas (set to star in the upcoming series of 24), Letitia Wright (E4’s Banana and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2015) Malachi Kirby (who is appearing in History’s Roots remake), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), Duran Fulton (ITV1s Jekyll & Hyde) and many more who have achieved global success.