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.
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.