Coogan, Brydon & Winterbottom To Take Another ‘Trip’
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are reteaming with Michael Winterbottom for a second series of The Trip. The BBC Two comedy, released theatrically in the U.S. by IFC, set Coogan and Brydon off on a road trip to tour the UK Lake District’s best restaurants. Memorable for the duo’s attempts to best one another at celebrity impressions, the first season was highly improvised. The second season will be set in Italy on a road trip that retraces the footsteps of the Romantics, Coogan told Empire Magazine.

UK Touts Tax Incentive For High-End TV Productions
The British film industry celebrated the UK’s new Creative Sector Tax Reliefs this morning in London. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey were on hand to outline the importance of the new incentives which will see qualifying high-end TV and animation productions receive up to 25% in tax relief. The scheme came into effect on April 1. Vaizey said “The UK’s creative industries are a real success story, worth more than £36 billion a year. We know that the television and animation sectors make a real difference to the UK economy and these new tax reliefs will be instrumental in expanding our potential.” Iain Smith, producer and chair of the British Film Commission, encouraged the industry to “continue to fight rigorously to maintain our position as a leading center of production.” There was also a case study of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, which is shooting its fourth season in Northern Ireland. HBO SVP Jay Roewe noted the new measures “will make filming in the UK an even more viable proposition.” The BFC recently hosted events in Los Angeles and New York to educate studios, broadcasters, producers and agents on the incentives.

Sony, Universal Form Joint Venture In Nordic Region
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures International Entertainment are to form a joint venture to distribute their respective home entertainment product and support their digital business in the Nordic region. Both existing SPHE and Universal home entertainment businesses will cease operations and become Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic AB. The new entity will launch in August under Jonas Wahlander who has been appointed managing director. SPHE and Universal entered a similar arrangement in Australia in 2011.

Electus Makes Deals For ‘Bet On Your Baby’
Electus International says that following the Mip-TV market earlier this month, it has licensed the format for reality competition show Bet On Your Baby to several broadcasters including Brazil’s TV Globo, Australia’ Network Ten (which also took the finished tape) and Ukraine’s 1+1. Options are also out in Italy, Norway, Germany, Israel, India, Portugal and Turkey. Bet On Your Baby currently airs in the U.S. in ABC primetime. The game show sees parents try to predict their child’s next move in an effort to win money for the child’s future education.

Endemol Launches In Israel
Big Brother producer Endemol is moving into Israel with the acquisition of a majority stake in independent production company Kuperman. The step is Endemol’s first into the Israeli market where hot formats like Homeland have been developed. The new entity will be known as Endemol Israel and will invest in format development across all genres for the local and international markets. Endemol Israel also becomes the local producer for the parent company’s international formats. Kuperman already produces Big Brother in the territory. Its other formats have included Traffic Light, Honey Please and The Successor. Elad Kuperman will be CEO of the new outfit. As part of the deal, Ynon Kreiz will exit the company.

Fremantle Sells ‘Wentworth’ To Channel 5
FremantleMedia International’s new premium drama Wentworth has been acquired by Channel 5 in the UK for air later this year. The reimagining of the classic Australian drama Prisoner Cell Block H is a 10-part series that puts viewers into the violent, dangerous environment of a modern prison and tells stories of survival, rivalry, power struggles and unlikely allegiances. The FremantleMedia Australia production will premiere on Foxtel’s SoHo channel in May and is pre-sold to TVNZ in New Zealand.

CBC’s Kristine Stewart Heading To Twitter
CBC exec Kristine Stewart is leaving the public broadcaster to oversee Twitter’s Canadian office, the CBC announced today. Stewart has served as EVP of English language services, heading all television, radio and online services, since January 2011. A recruitment process has been launched for Stewart’s replacement. Meanwhile, Neil McEneaney, general manager, finance and strategy, will fill in on an interim basis.

Recreation Preps Three New Titles For The Croisette
Recreation Media will take three new film to Cannes next month. Hank and Asha, revolves around an Indian woman studying in Prague and a young New York filmmaker who begin an unconventional romance. Milkshake is a dark comedy about Jolie Jolson (Tyler Ross), a wannabe thug and great-great-grandson of Al Jolson as he strives to become something he can never be: black. And and Robert Greenwald’s documentary The War on Whistleblowers highlights four cases in which people highlighted government wrongdoing and violations to the Constitution following 9/11 and took them to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.

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