Warp Films Ramps Up TV Fare In Deal With ITVSGE
UK indie production company Warp Films is looking to increase its TV output and has signed a first-look development deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The BAFTA-winning Warp previously produced This Is England ’86 and the This Is England ’88. It’s currently producing drama serial Southcliffe for Channel 4. Warp will ramp up its TV development activity with ITVSGE in the coming weeks and the latter will handle the slate internationally. On the feature side, Warp recently produced Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and has the upcoming The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone and Yann Demange thriller 71 on its slate.

Paris Gets A Summer Drive-In
You have to hand it to the French for their summertime moviegoing initiatives. There’s the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette and the Fête du Cinéma in June during which ticket prices are slashed across the country. Exhibitor MK2 is adding a new layer this summer by morphing Paris’ Grand Palais museum into a drive-in movie theater from June 10-21. The historic monument that’s just off the Champs-Elysées will welcome up to 1,000 moviegoers per showing in a 1,300 square foot space filled with old and new model Fiats and surrounded by a diner, a gaming arcade and a roller rink that becomes a dance floor at night. Among the movies screening over the 11 day event that’s dubbed Cinema Paradiso are Pulp Fiction, Grease, The Big Lebowski, Taxi Driver, Psycho and Annie Hall. Tickets go on sale April 26.

William Boyd Flies ‘Solo’ With New James Bond Book
William Boyd, who was previously set by the Ian Fleming estate to pen the next James Bond novel, has announced the title will be Solo. “Sometimes less is more,” Boyd said of the name, according to the BBC. The plot is being kept close to the vest, but it will feature a 45-year-old 007 who goes “off on a self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorization,” Boyd said. Jonathan Cape will publish the book September 26 in the UK. It will be available via HarperCollins in the U.S. and Canada in October. Boyd’s bibliography includes An Ice-Cream War, Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and 2006’s Restless, which was made into a two-part BBC and Sundance Channel TV movie last year.

20th TV And France’s M6 In Long-Term Pact
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and French broadcaster M6 have entered a multi-year agreement for content from the U.S. studio. The French network will take free and basic TV rights to TV shows and films including current series Touch. Programming will air across multiple M6 Group channels, including W9, 6Ter, Paris Première, Teva, Série Club and TF6. Gérard Grant, SVP, international TV for the Fox division said, “France is a very important territory for us, and M6 has continued to be a strong partner since the days we brought them their first American feature film Speed, and hit television series such as Prison Break.”

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