Music brand SBTV is planning to work more closely with indies to feature content aimed at its established online community after hiring Channel 4 commissioner Isaac Densu.
Densu has set out his vision for SBTV’s future, which includes creating a stream of “binge-able” video, after joining in the newly-created chief creative officer role in January. He has been recruited by the Jamal Edwards-founded business following a year-long stint as a C4 shorts commissioner, where his role included ordering content for digital platform All 4 and producing brand-funded shows. He now plans to evolve SBTV’s output from predominantly offering in-house content to forging partnerships with third-party producers – creating factual content and ‘niche’ programming which is tailored to its fanbase.
Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror has tapped two actresses for lead roles: British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Belle, Concussion) and Canada’s Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire, The Martian) will star in one of the episodes of the upcoming Netflix original series, to be directed by Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends).
Created and written by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is produced by House of Tomorrow, with Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as executive producers. Netflix previously ordered 12 all-new episodes last September.
Principal photography is due to get underway at the end of November on Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood, the third and “final” instalment in a trilogy that also includes Kidulthood (2006) and Adulthood (2008).
Unstoppable Entertainment and Maggie Monteith’s Carpalla Films have begun pre-production on the drama from BAFTA-winner Clarke, who has written the screenplay and will also direct and star.
Although plot and cast details are under wraps, Clarke will reprise his role as protagonist Sam in the feature, which is slated for release in the UK in 2016 to tie in with the 10-year anniversary of Kidulthood, which opened number one at the UK box office. The sequel Adulthood grossed more than £3.3m ($5m) at the UK box office in 2008.
Cocky young con-artists, Jenn (Kyla Frye – Edge of Tomorrow, The Key, West10 LDN) and George (Sam Benjamin – BBC's The Crimson Field, Sky One's Little Crackers) have been making all the right moves, breaking the law, and having fun doing it. But one night after making suspiciously light work of a heavy score, they find themselves crossing the line into dangerous territory…in more ways than one…
Written, produced and starring Kyla Frye and Sam Benjamin. Directed by Sam Bradford and shot on RED (cameras used for Hollywood movies like Skyfall, Avengers and The Hobbit) with Praxima Film (who have just finished work on Will.I.Am's Lexus Commercial), DOUBLE CROSS is a five minute crime caper about two con artists who bite off more than they can chew.
Check out the trailer for Safe House, an ITV1 four-part drama created and written by Michael Crompton and directed by Marc Evans. Robert (Christopher Eccleston) a former detective and Katy (Marsha Thomason) a teacher are asked by close friend and police officer Mark (Paterson Joseph), to turn their remote guest house into a safe house. However, by the looks of things, trouble isn't too far away.
Are you an experienced Camera Assistant with a proven understanding of a studio environment keen to learn and progress within your career to Camera Operation? Do you have the ability to assist the camera crew pro-actively and creatively on a production?
If so, then read on. ITV is currently looking for experienced Camera Assistants to work as part of the client facing Camera team based in Manchester on a 12 month fixed term contract. You will be assisting with the rigging, de-rigging and operation of technical equipment. We are not just looking for someone to operate and maintain the equipment, although that is essential, we are also looking for an individual who can deliver outstanding service, demonstrate pro-activity and enthusiasm and work to exceed our clients expectations.
You will have a good understanding of a studio environment and the type of roles and skills required within it. You will also have an awareness and working knowledge of relevant Health & Safety legislation, policies and practices. Proven and demonstrable interest in camera and lens techniques together with basic understanding of camera mountings, dolly, track, and cranes will be required.
What is absolutely key is also an ability to work under pressure, to be creative as well as have the ability to prioritise, problem solve and be a great communicator. You will have a flexible approach, as you will be working to a varying shift pattern which may include evenings, weekends and Public Holidays.
If you want to play your part, ITV is a great place to work and develop. If you thrive in a fast paced environment where no two days are the same and you possess the technical and creative ability that will help us achieve our goals, then we’d love to hear from you.
Not long to go until the 9th Screen Nation Awards. Voting for the public categories closes on 20th February so make sure that you get your voice heard by clicking here.
Just before you do, let's take a closer look at the nominees for the Favourite Nigerian (New Nollywood) Film award.
Amina is written, produced and directed by Christian Ashaiku, a Nigerian-born London-based filmmaker. The film stars Emmerdale actor Will Johnson and Nollywood A-Lister Omotila Jalde-Ekeinde and tells the dramatic story of love, loss and redemption. Devastated by a series of life-changing events Amina (Jalde-Ekeinde) experiences a breakdown and finds herself in a mental hospital. There is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of her doctor (Johnson) but he must first overcome his own troubles.
In the run up to the 9th Screen Nation Awards, SceneTV will be featuring all of the nominees in the public voting categories. First up is ABN TV (Allied Broadcasting Network) who are up for the Favourite Black Channel award.
ABN TV’s mission is to bridge the gap between ethnic and mainstream channels by reflecting the interest and aspirations of the African-Caribbean, British and European communities. Available to view on Sky 290, the strength of this family entertainment channel lies in its in-depth understanding of the cultures of the core audience and the ability to inform, educate and entertain the people they save. Viewers can tune in to a variety of programmes across film, music, lifestyle, news and documentaries. For example Joy News airs exclusively on ABN TV daily in Europe, Russia and North Africa, while top African movies such as The Last Flight to Abuja and The Witches of Gambaga entertain film lovers. Take a look at the videos below to find out more about the channel’s content.
If you would like ABN TV to win the Favourite Black Channel award, click here to vote. Voting closes 12am 20th February.
A bold and revealing look at the drag queen capital of the world: London Live has commissioned ‘Drag Queens Of London’, an eight-part observational documentary that will lift the lid on the world’s biggest and most dramatic drag scene. The observational documentary series follows the lives of a selection of performers on the biggest and broadest drag scene in the world.
‘Drag Queens of London’ has exclusive access to artists including Dusty O, Jodie Harsh, Baga Chipz, Lady Lloyd and Rosie Beaver, amongst many others. Head of Programming for London Live, Jonathan Boseley, commissioned the show and said that London Live exists to bring its viewers surprising slices of life from across the capital.
"The world of the London Drag Queen is not exactly as you would imagine," he says. "These are incredibly talented artists but they are real people as well and sometimes the drama isn’t just on the stage. Drag Queens Of London is the first of what we hope will be many shows where audiences are introduced to unexpected and unknown subcultures that exist in London. I want other people with their own unusual stories to come and talk to us as well.”
‘Drag Queens Of London’ is made by multi-platform producer,The Connected Set, who gained unprecedented access to this extraordinary world.
“There’ll be plenty of the expected glitzy and glamorous performances but we’ll also learn more about the stories behind the performer as the war paint comes off," Becky Maynard, series producer at The Connected Set says."These courageous and colourful characters have a lot on their plate and we’ll see them triumph against the odds to forge careers, find love and make their lives as both drag queens and real men in the capital. We can’t wait to tell all the stories this spring”.
Dusty O, who appears on the show said: "Drag doesn't discriminate. Queens come in all shapes, sizes, hues and ages and are endowed with some extraordinary talents. It's great to be part of a programme that celebrates and showcases the diversity and dynamism of London's drag scene. It's going to be an eye-opening and electrifying journey for viewers and drag queens alike.”
'Drag Queens of London' will be broadcast on London Live in April 2014, after the channel's launch March 31st.