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Anne Morrison To Succeed John Willis As BAFTA Chair

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 12:34am PDT

Anne Morrison To Succeed John Willis As BAFTA ChairAnne Morrison is the second woman to be named Chair in the history of BAFTA. She succeeds John Willis who will act as Deputy Chair for the next year. Morrison was previously Deputy Chair, a member of the Television Committee, Chair of the Learning Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. Since 2009, she has also been Director of the BBC Academy, overseeing the largest broadcast training organization in the UK. She officially departs the BBC later in 2014. Her tenure as BAFTA Chair will run for the next two years. anne morrisonHer background is principally in television production, starting as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC. Under her stewardship, the production department made such programs as The Secret Policeman, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Mischief and What Not To Wear; it also relaunched Top Gear. She was later appointed Programme Director of the Network Supply Review, planning and overseeing the growth of BBC network television from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Morrison said today, “I am delighted and deeply honored to become Chair of BAFTA. Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the prestigious Awards to the amazing year-round learning program that supports, nurtures and develops new talent. I look forward to sharing my passion for offering opportunities to talented young people, regardless of their background, and inspiring … Read More »

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BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Broadchurch’ Wins Drama Series, Olivia Colman Lead Actress

By | Sunday May 18, 2014 @ 2:11pm PDT

bafta-tv__140407073958-275x86BAFTA handed out its TV Awards in London this evening with ITV drama Broadchurch scoring a trifecta of prizes. The series, which is heading into production on its second season in the UK and is being remade in the U.S. as Gracepoint, won best drama, best actress for Olivia Colman and best supporting actor for David Bradley. The wins marked Colman’s third BAFTA and Bradley’s first. Colman’s previous nods were for comedy Twenty Twelve and drama Accused. tennant colman broadchurchNetflix had its first ever BAFTA win with Breaking Bad voted Best International series. Netflix is the series broadcaster in the UK where BAFTA late last year said it was updating its rules to include web-based broadcasters to be eligible for TV awards. Channel 4 drama Southcliffe and the same network’s comedy The IT Crowd led the overall nominations going in with four nods apiece. Southcliffe‘s Sean Harris was voted best actor in a drama and The IT Crowd‘s Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade took the top comedy acting prizes. Best Situation Comedy honors went to BBC Three’s Him & Her: The Wedding. Supporting Actress winner was Sarah Lancashire in the BBC’s Last Tango In Halifax. Gogglebox, Channel 4′s reality show that watches people as they watch television, was voted tops in reality. Graham Norton hosted the ceremony at London’s Theatre Royal where presenters included Aaron Paul, Hugh Dancy, Jeremy Piven, Martin Freeman, Naomi Campbell, Sam Neill and Sheridan Smith. A full list of winners follows: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 33: The Amy Poehler Panel Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch podcast 33In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione speaks from the Mip-TV conference in Cannes with host David Bloom. With lots of news coming out the show’s first couple of days, highlights include the panel Nancy moderated Monday featuring Amy Poehler and the team behind Comedy Central’s Broad City. Nancy and David also discuss some of the increasingly out-there reality formats built on surreal social experiments, a big content deal for Sony in Scandinavia and yet another hot format for sale from Israel’s Keshet. Nancy and David also look at filmmaking in Rwanda 20 years after the genocide that killed 800,000 people, and nominees for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards. Finally, they wrap up the week’s international box office.

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BAFTA TV Nominees Include ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘House Of Cards’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:42am PDT

bafta tvChannel 4 drama Southcliffe leads the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Awards. The miniseries has four nods including for Leading Actor Sean Harris and Supporting Actor Rory Kinnear. Comedy The IT Crowd also has four nominations, with stars Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd competing with The Wrong Mans’ Mathew Baynton and James Corden in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category. Broadchurch and The Village scored three nods, including for Drama Series where they are joined by My Mad Fat Diary and the BBC’s Top Of The Lake. Other notable mentions include Dominic West for Leading Actor in Burton And Taylor;Helena Bonham Carter is also nommed for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini. Among other British shows with nominations are the BBC’s The Fall, Ripper Street and the Doctor Who anniversary movie An Adventure In Space And Time. The International category features Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, Denmark’s Borgen, and France’s The Returned. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London on May 18. A list of the major drama and comedy nominees follows (the full list is here): Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ’50 Kisses’ Sets Writer Record; ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ Deepen; ‘Dropped’ Upped In Sweden; More

50 kissesUK omnibus 50 Kisses is entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest roster of co-writers on a feature film. The 51 scribes will gather today at BAFTA headquarters in London for a special screening of the film that beat the previous record holder, 1943’s Forever And A Day. That film had 21 writers including an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock. The British 50 Kisses was produced by the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Two years ago, it invited writers to submit two-page scripts featuring at least one kiss and set on Valentine’s Day. The 50 best scripts were released online with an open invitation for filmmakers to produce them. Ultimately, 127 shorts were made and those were edited down to produce 50 Kisses. The finished product was released on February 13 this year, earning a per-screen average of nearly £9,500. The end credits run for 17 minutes. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Tops BAFTA TV Craft Award Noms; More

Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels
Jesus of FoxFox International Channels President of Europe and Africa Jesus Perezagua has announced his departure. The exec has been at the company since 2003. He joined as managing director of FIC Spain and Portugal and in 2005 took over the company’s expansion plan in Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece. Perezagua became President of FIC Europe and Africa in 2011. He will step down from the role on April 30 but will continue to consult FIC. The search is on for a successor. Prior to FIC, Perezagua held posts at Iberian Channels and Online for Fox Kids Entertainment Espana and was Managing Director of Bandai Espana, a Japanese toy company specializing in TV marketing concepts. Read More »

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UPDATE: Paul Greengrass To Brits: Use UK Tax Break Windfalls To Strengthen Unions

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 10:25am PDT

UPDATE, 10:25 AM: BAFTA has made the audio of Paul Greengrass‘ David Lean Lecture available. Check it out:

PREVIOUS, MONDAY PM: Paul Greengrass tonight greengrassdelivered BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture — the London-based org’s annual talk for the world’s leading filmmakers — and issued stark warnings for the health of the UK’s directing industry. The British filmmaking scene was in good shape, he said, thanks to the area’s “simple and transparent tax breaks” which encourage Hollywood studios to invest. But he warned the industry must leverage the studios’ buying power to encourage some of that Hollywood money back into UK content.

To a full house that included British talent like Richard Curtis, Miranda Richardson and Mat Whitecross, Greengrass offered a wide-ranging talk that covered his first steps into filmmaking and his vision of the future of the business. He heaped praise on Hollywood, and said “a lot of baloney” was talked about bafta1__130805162028the U.S. industry’s priorities. Hollywood is not a place run entirely by cynical hacks, he said. “It’s full of smart and committed people, who understand filmmakers… And it also has guilds and trade unions with power and voice. That’s why the studios are looking for places that don’t, and that’s why they come [to the UK].”

But he warned that UK directors have a hard time making follow-up features at home after their debuts, and that the situation in British TV is especially dire. He claimed directors earn less in residuals for helming the likes of Doctor Who and Downton Abbey than stunt performers.

Related: Fleming Q&As Paul Greengrass On Oscar Contender ‘Captain Phillips’, MLK, And Why He’ll Never Make Another Bourne Film

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BAFTA Film Awards 2015 Set For Feb 8

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 8:13am PDT

BAFTA: Steve McQueenThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts has scheduled the 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards for Sunday, February 8 at London’s Royal Opera House to be broadcast live in the UK on the BBC. The awards show airs later that day in the U.S. on BBC America. This year’s BAFTAs, which were held February 16, crowned 12 Years A Slave as its Best Film on its way to the Best Picture.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Inbetweeners 2′ Gets UK-Ireland Release Date; Amma Asante Set For ‘Brits To Watch’ Screenings; More

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

‘The Inbetweeners 2′ Coming To The UK & Ireland On August 6
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Entertainment Film Distributors said Tuesday that The Inbetweeners 2 will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on August 6. Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas are returning for the comedy sequel written and directed by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris — who created the series on which the films are based — and produced by Spencer Millman. The film, which sees the lads descend on Australia, also stars Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma and David Field. The Inbetweeners Movie took in nearly £45 million at the UK box office in 2011.

Amma Asante Set For ‘Brits to Watch: The Screenings’ In U.S.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Tuesday that it will profile director Amma Asante (A Way of Life, Belle) next month at the first of Amma Asantethis year’s “Brits to Watch: The Screenings,” a series of showcase events in New York and Los Angeles that introduce outstanding British film talent to the US film industry. On April 1 in New York and April 3 in Los Angeles, Asante will be introduced at a screening of her second feature film Belle, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and opened this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. Belle is inspired by the true story of a mixed-race girl raised … Read More »

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BAFTA Shakes Up The Race, But Everything Still In Play As Oscar’s Moment Of Truth Nears

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Breathing a sigh of relief once again Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave pulled out another squeaker at the BAFTA Awards just as it did at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and the Producers Guild (where it tied Gravity). Going into the BAFTAs  with ten nominations  and favored status, as it was directed by Brit Steve McQueen and starred Brit Chiwetel Ejiofor,ee bafta it looked like a total shutout losing award after award and going 0 for 7 (including surprising losses for Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor) but finally BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-AWARDS-BAFTAgetting on the board with Ejiofor’s Best Actor win and then pulling off Best Film shortly after in a ceremony that reflected the kinds of splits we have seen all season. At the Globes you may recall it went 0 for 6 before nabbing Best Drama Picture at the end of the evening. Somehow McQueen winds up on stage at the end of all these shows making an acceptance speech and that’s what counts.

Related: BAFTA Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Wins Best Film But ‘Gravity’ Carries Most Weight With Six Total Nods; Chiwetel Ejiofor & Cate Blanchett Take Actor Wins; ‘American Hustle’ Scores 3 Including For Jennifer Lawrence

BAFTA Awards 2014This is an unusual year to say the least and the BAFTA win for 12 Years A Slave where it helps the most gives it bragging rights as Oscar voting is getting underway this weekend. But these kinds of narrow victories might be a little tension-headache inducing for Searchlight as it now heads to the Oscars in the tightest race in years. Slave was expected to do much better here than it did overall. The results indicate voting was all over the map.  BAFTA is important as there may be as many as 500 members that it shares in common with the motion picture Academy. The outcome really did nothing to add more clarity or certainty in a see-sawing Best Picture Oscar race with Gravity’s six BAFTA wins including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Outstanding British Film keeping it in strong contention.  Perhaps BAFTA voters thought they could offer up their own PGA-style split by giving these two films their own producing prize? Who knows?   Here’s the good news for Slave . The BAFTA Best Film winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture for the past five years a row. However in the four previous years before that streak it failed to match Oscar’s top winner, so into  which camp will Slave fall? Again, who knows? Makes things exciting though. Read More »

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BAFTAs: Busy London Weekend Kicks Off For Film Awards Nominees

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 12:11pm PST

Joe Utichi is contributing to Deadline’s BAFTA Awards coverage

ee baftaGiven that so many Oscar contenders figure in the BAFTA races this year, expect London’s tony Mayfair neighborhood to turn into Hollywood-on-Thames this weekend. With the American Academy’s ballots officially going out today, and about a 500-member overlap between the two orgs, BAFTA is the place to be seen. There will be plenty of opportunity with an ever-grander roster of sideshow events.

Related: ‘Gravity’ Leads BAFTA Nominations With 11 Nods

helen mirrenInStyle and Esquire already kicked things off with parties celebrating the “Best of British Talent” and the EE Rising Star Award in the past two weeks. Local stars like Luke Evans and Jack O’Connell dominated the guest lists at both. (O’Connell was fresh in from Berlin where he received great buzz for his performance in competition film ’71.) BAFTA weekend proper kicks off tonight as Lancôme hosts its party and Harvey Weinstein puts on a private dinner for his nominees at the boutique Little House in Mayfair. He threw a similar event last year. As in 2013, menswear giant Hackett will host a lunch Saturday at the Savoy for BAFTA Fellowship honoree Helen Mirren. And the annual Nominees’ Party will play out Saturday night at Asprey’s Bond Street shop. From there, A-listers will head to the 15th Charles Finch-hosted dinner at Annabel’s…. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Peter Greenaway Set For BAFTA Film Awards Honor; Kenya Cracks Down Of ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Pirates

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 9:32pm PST

Peter Greenaway To Be Honored At BAFTA Film Awards
British director Peter Greenaway will receive the 2014 Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday. Greenaway, who originally trained as a painter, is known for his exploration Peter-Greenaway-2of the cinematic medium, of eroticism and death, and for his ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. Among his credits are classic 1989 pic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Pillow Book, 8 ½ Women and The Tulse Luper Suitcase movies. His latest film, Eisenstein In Guanajuato, is scheduled for UK release later this year. “Peter Greenaway is an iconic British filmmaker who has worked with many of our most accomplished actors including Michael Gambon, Tim Roth, Ewan McGregor and the recipient of this year’s BAFTA Fellowship, Dame Helen Mirren,” said Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee. “I’m delighted that Peter is being recognized with this award for his distinctive and innovative filmmaking career.”

Pirates Face Prison As Kenya Cracks Down On ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’
In late January, the Kenya Film Classification Board banned The Wolf Of Wall Street from any type of distribution in the African state. The org didn’t approve the movie because of what it said were “extreme scenes of nudity, sex, debauchery, hedonism and cursing.” At the time, the KFCB also wrote Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BAFTA Assembles Shorts Into Feature-Length Package For Cinemas; ‘Rising’ Star’ Headed To Turkey; More

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

BAFTA Assembles Feature-Length Package Of Shorts For Cinemas
BAFTA is putting together a feature-length package of films nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animationbafta1 categories at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards. The pics will be screened in UK cinemas from February 28 and also tour in 110 countries internationally. Selected screenings will be followed by Q&As with nominated filmmakers. BAFTA is repeating the initiative after an inaugural run in 2013. The org is partnered with specialist distributor the Independent Cinema Office and the British Council. Interviews with the nominated filmmakers and other additional content will be available in March on BAFTA Guru. The BAFTAs will be held February 16 in London. All the nominees can be found here. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 22 – The ‘Gravity’ Is British Podcast

By and | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 4:54pm PST

Global Showbiz Watch ep 22Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom discuss the latest enticement to film Britain, a  marketing and distribution incentive package from the British Film Institute designed to give UK indie movies a better chance at a Sundance deal; why BAFTA thinks Gravity is a British film; prominent new roles for veteran media execs Pierre Lescure and James Schamus at two of Europe’s biggest film festivals and a Despicable villain’s big Chinese debut, half a year after his U.S. run.

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‘Gravity’ Gets UK IMAX Re-Release + Why BAFTA Considers It A British Film

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 7:18am PST

IMAX-logo__120222154733-200x105__130708183958Gravity leads Britain’s BAFTA nominations which were unveiled earlier this week, and “thanks to overwhelming demand from cinemagoers,” IMAX is bringing it back to UK theaters as of today. The film opened in October last year, and went on to become the highest-grossing IMAX release of 2013 in the UK; it’s IMAX’s seventh Alfonso-Cuaron-Sandra-Bullock-George-Clooney-Gravity-setbiggest release ever in the territory. Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior EVP of IMAX Corp said today, “We couldn’t be happier with the overwhelming success of Gravity and the continued demand we’re seeing from UK cinemagoers to bring it back in IMAX.”

Meanwhile, Gravity has 11 BAFTA nominations, including Best Film and Best British Film. There’s been some consternation this week over its inclusion in the latter category with folks wondering how a U.S. studio-backed movie made the cut. Answer: It was produced by Britain’s David Heyman, shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios with a crew of local technicians, visual effects were handled by the UK’s Framestore and director Alfonso Cuaron is a British resident. That was enough for it to pass the requirement for significant British creative involvement qualifying it as British under guidelines set out by the BFI and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Last year, BAFTA added a sixth title to the British Film category that’s chosen by a jury to ensure the full … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch 58 – The Nominations Week Podcast

By and | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:26pm PST

In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom wrap up all the guild and other award nomination announcements that landed left and right this past week, including those from BAFTA, the Writers Guild, Directors Guild, Producers Guild, Cinematographers Society and Costume Designers Guild.

They also discuss some of the trends that may be emerging among all those award nominations, clues about where the Oscar races may be headed, whether American Hustle will benefit from that big ensemble cast, and what to expect from this weekend’s Golden Globes.

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‘Gravity’ Leads BAFTA Nominations With 11 Nods; ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘American Hustle’ Each Score 10 (LIVE)

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 11:37pm PST

UPDATE, 12:16 AM PT: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity scored 11 EE Baftanominations from the British Academy this morning including Best Film, Best British Film, Best Director and Leading Actress for Sandra Bullock. It led the pack of movies recognized by BAFTA and is followed by 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle with 10 nods each across the major categories. Captain Phillips drew nine mentions; Behind The Candelabra – released theatrically in the UK – has five, as does Saving Mr Banks. The latter film has underperformed at the British box office, but it clearly found a mark with voters. It world premiered in London and both of its stars, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, recently made a point of GRAVITYstopping by BAFTA for lengthy sit-downs and a look back at their careers. Thompson is nominated in the Leading Actress category for the film and Hanks is also a Leading Actor candidate, although he’s up for Captain Phillips which is also a Best Film contender. But back to Gravity: It’s also vying in the original screenplay, original music, cinematography, editing, production design, sound and special visual effects races. Notably, Gravity is nominated as both Best Film and Best British Film, something I expected might happen. The same thing goes for Philomena which scored … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 21 – The 2014 World Film Market Podcast

By and | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 4:59pm PST

Global Showbiz Watch ep 21Deadline’s International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom wrap up the major box office trends across Europe, China and South America this past year and moving into 2014, including what impacts the 2014 World Cup will have on the film business in host country Brazil and other soccer-mad countries; ponder the just-breaking news about a change of Hollywood “gatekeepers” at the top of China Film Group; look at two hugely successful films burning hot and cold across the global box office this past week; and put the telescope on the Rising Stars reaching for one of BAFTA’s coolest awards.

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BAFTA Rising Star Nominees: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter, Léa Seydoux

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 2:30am PST

baftas_2013_logoBAFTA‘s EE Rising Star Award nominees are actors and actresses who have “demonstrated exceptional talent” and are “destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema,” the British Academy says. This year’s crop of five includes Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter and Léa Seydoux. DeHaan was recently seen in Kill Your Darlings and will play Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this summer. MacKay has been working since he was 10 and in 2013 starred in Sunshine On Leith, For Those In Peril and Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now. Nyong’o had a breakthrough in 2013 with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave and is up for a Golden Globe and an Indie Spirit as well as having taken critics’ prizes for her supporting turn. Poulter was in last summer’s We’re The Millers and will be seen in this year’s The Maze Runner. French actress Seydoux, who I named as an actor to watch in Cannes 2013, is one of the stars of Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color and has also appeared in such international films as Midnight In Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Farewell, My Queen. She’s next up in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which opens Berlin in February. The winner of the Rising Star prize will be selected by a public vote ( and announced at the BAFTA film … Read More »

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