Listen to (and share) the second episode of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about the lineup for next month’s Venice Film Festival; an expanding best picture slate for the BAFTAs; the Chinese stiff arm to Despicable Me 2; and last thoughts on the media frenzy surrounding the birth of the (eventual) heir to the British throne.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts tweaked its Outstanding British Film category today, adding a sixth nominee which will act as a sort of wildcard entry. All other BAFTA award fields have five nominees each, but …
BAFTA and industry training group Rocliffe have selected eight TV comedy writers they deem to be the UK’s most promising, and they’re taking them on the road. Three of the scripters will head to the Edinburgh TV Festival in August and the other five will go to the New York TV Festival in October where their works will be performed by professional actors. The BBC will also pay for a full script commission from one of the writers selected for Edinburgh. The initiative hails from the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, now in its third year of bringing talent to New York. It’s adding Edinburgh for the first time. The writers were chosen from a pool of about 500 candidates by a jury that included Jessica Hynes (Twenty Twelve), Caryn Mandabach (Nurse Jackie), Tom Anderson (Cheers), and reps from the major UK broadcasters. Click over for a round-up of the scripters and their projects:
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is thinning its film award voting ranks so it can bulk them up again with newer, more active members. BAFTA head of membership Jim Bradshaw tells me the impetus for …
BAFTA is partnering with Burberry on Breakthrough Brits, an initiative to support up-and-comers in the world of film, television and games. The British Academy is inviting submissions for candidates to participate in the program which will provide career …
BAFTA handed out its TV prizes tonight in London with Olivia Colman taking two awards, one for supporting actress for BBC miniseries Accused and the other as actress in a comedy program for Olympics sitcom Twenty Twelve, which was also named best sitcom. Colman will soon be seen by U.S. audiences in ITV’s recent hit drama Broadchurch. Ben Whishaw was best actor for Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen/BBC Two, Richard II (Hollow Crown), and top comedy actor was Steve Coogan for Sky Atlantic‘s Welcome To The Places Of My Life. The best drama series was the BBC’s Last Tango In Halifax while HBO‘s Girls was named best international show. Coming into the evening, the BBC and HBO’s Hitchcock film The Girl was among the most nominated programs, but went home empty-handed. Downton Abbey had no nominations. A full list of winners follows:
Global Showbiz Briefs: Jonathan Deckter Tops IM GLobal, Wild Bunch Distribution, ‘Nymphomaniac’ Campaign Heats Up
Jonathan Deckter Named IM GLobal President
IM Global is heading to Cannes with a new president. Company CEO Stuart Ford has promoted Jonathan Deckter, a three-year veteran of the sales, financing and production outfit, just in time for the annual happenings on the Croisette. He was previously head of international sales and distribution. Elsewhere, IM Global also re-upped Bonnie Voland and her B. Voland company to oversee worldwide publicity and marketing and re-signed Tatyana Joffe as EVO International Sales.
Wild Bunch Names New Distribution Chief
France’s Wild Bunch Distribution has named the successor to chief Jean-Philippe Tirel who is stepping down to start his own acquisitions boutique. Former Pathé and Fox Searchlight exec Thierry Lacaze will take over leading the distributor backed up by the company’s existing team including Jérôme Rougier who runs acquisitions. The company has a slate of 22 films this year including official Cannes selection titles The Bastards from Claire Denis, La Vie D’Adèle from Abdellatif Kechiche and James Gray’s The Immigrant as well as Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills.
American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said tonight he gets “sick to some degree of the (product) integration because (other) people have a different idea of what integration means. For me, it’s a smooth, organic process, whereas for other people, it’s, ‘Hi! This is a Coca-Cola!’ ” Speaking at a BAFTA-sponsored event at the Digital Hollywood conference, Lythgoe described a continual push and pull between show sponsors and producers that can be quite innovative but requires a lot of careful straddling of lines. “Everyone’s trying to use this as a platform,” he said. “They’re trying to stretch things all the time. I want to move those damned Coke cups. Especially when (rookie Idol judge) Nicki Minaj is sponsored by Pepsi. It gets on your nerves sometimes when it’s too obvious. You don’t want product forced on you. So we just have to be careful.”
Global Showbiz Briefs: BAFTA TV Craft Prizes; BBC Renews ‘The Village’; ‘Oh Boy’ At German Lolas; Al Jazeera
Olympics Score BAFTA TV Craft Awards
The Olympics was a three-time winner in factual categories at Sunday night’s BAFTA TV Craft Awards with the opening ceremony taking honors for multi-camera directing. BBC’s Super Saturday grabbed a prize for sound and Channel 4′s Paralympics earned a nod for digital creativity. Among series winners, Neal Street Productions/BBC One’s Call The Midwife brought Philippa Lowthorpe a directing award and Christine Walmesley-Cotham was honored for make-up & hair. Sheena Napier won for her costume design work the BBC’s Parade’s End and Darryl Hammer won for production design on the BBC/HBO Hitchcock biopic The Girl. Tom Turnbull won in the visual & graphic effects category for ITV’s Julian Fellowes’ penned Titanic. A full list of winners is available here.
BAFTA TV nominations have been announced with Hitchcock film The Girl and the BBC’s Last Tango In Halifax, Accused and Twenty Twelve scoring four nods each. On the international side, Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge, which FX is remaking in the States, Showtime’s Homeland and HBO’s Girls and Game Of Thrones were each mentioned. Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville also has a nod, but not for the hit period drama which scored no nominations. He’s instead in the comedy acting category for Olympics series Twenty Twelve. When combined with the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, which take place on April 28, The Girl has eight nominations, Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer Parade’s End has seven, Accused has six and the BBC’s cancelled The Hour, plus Last Tango In Halifax, Ripper Street and Twenty Twelve each have five. The BAFTA TV awards will be handed out on May 12 in London. A full list of nominees is below:
Ben Whishaw, Richard II (The Hollow Crown)
Derek Jacobi, Last Tango In Halifax
Sean Bean, Accused (Tracie’s Story)
Toby Jones, The Girl
Anne Reid, Last Tango In Halifax
Rebecca Hall, Parade’s End
Sheridan Smith, Mrs Biggs
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Global Showbiz Briefs: The Queen’s Honorary BAFTA; India’s ‘Go Goa Gone’; Jane Campion Honored In Cannes
Queen Elizabeth II Given Honorary BAFTA Award
The Queen of England was presented with an honorary BAFTA award on Thursday for her “outstanding patronage of the film and television industries,” the org’s chairman John Willis said. He also called Elizabeth II “The most memorable Bond girl yet” in a nod to her appearance alongside Daniel Craig in a short film made for the Opening Ceremony of last summer’s Olympics. Kenneth Branagh presented the trophy. The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, was the first president of BAFTA in 1959 and her grandson, Prince William, is the current president. Also on hand at the reception were George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Richard Curtis, Damian Lewis, John Hurt, Eddie Redmayne, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Thandie Newton.
‘Go Goa Gone’ Trailer A Hit In India
The trailer for India’s first “zomcom”, Go Goa Gone, is attracting a lot of attention with 2.3M views after 10 days on YouTube. The Hindi-language comedy stars Saif Ali Khan as a blonde zombie-hunter and will be released locally on May 10. According to ZeeNews, access to English-language zombie movies and TV shows has increased Indians’ appetite for the genre. Go Goa Gone is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK and produced by Saif and Dinesh Vijan under their Illuminati Films banner along with Sunil Lulla of Eros International.
BBC Two‘s five-part period drama Parade’s End leads the nominees for BAFTA‘s television craft awards with five. The adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels started airing on HBO on February 26, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson. It took mentions for production design and Tom Stoppard’s writing, among others. Also figuring heavily among the nominees are BBC Two and HBO’s Hitchcock drama The Girl, BBC One and BBC America‘s Ripper Street and BBC Two and BBC America’s cancelled The Hour. Other shows known to U.S. audiences, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey, Top Gear and The Thick Of It also scored nods. Olympics programming, inlcuding Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony and Stephen Daldry’s closing ceremony are nommed as is the fictional comedy series about the Games, Twenty Twelve. Awards will be handed out on April 28 in London. Click over for a full list of nominees:
Joe Utichi contributes to Deadline’s UK coverage
In 2001, BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry spearheaded an initiative to move the ‘British Oscars’ ahead of the Academy Awards, cementing their place on the season’s roadshow. This year, a calendar of events highlights their increasing importance. The organization and its sponsors now conduct a suite of pre- and post-awards events, with several studios expected to throw big after-parties next Sunday night following the official ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Just tonight, Idris Elba deejayed at a pre-celebration of the EE BAFTA Rising Star prize at the Savoy, and I hear Harvey Weinstein will toast his nominees – who this year include Quentin Tarantino, Christoph Waltz and Joaquin Phoenix – with an intimate dinner in Mayfair on Friday.
As hopefuls fly in, Bond Street jewelers Asprey hosts the official Nominees’ Party on Saturday night for the fifth consecutive year. Guests are expected to decamp from there to a party thrown annually by Charles Finch at Annabel’s in Berkeley Square. After Sunday’s kudos, an official dinner and after-party follow at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Weinstein Company’s annual post-BAFTA bash will also happen in Mayfair, while Universal – with hopefuls Les Misérables and Zero Dark Thirty – will host an after-party nearby, too. Sources suggest other studios with large nominations hauls – including Warner Bros. and Fox, with headliners Argo and Lincoln and Life Of Pi – would have events planned this week also.
After an all-male lineup last year, BAFTA’s shortlist for the 2013 EE Rising Star Award includes four gals and a guy. The nominees are “actors and actresses who are destined …
Outsider Expected To Replace George Entwistle At BBC
Speculation about who will replace George Entwistle as director general of the BBC is growing in the UK. BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has promised the selection won’t be as drawn out as it was when it came to naming Entwistle in the first place. While some editorials have suggested the likes of BBC head of news Helen Boaden, who is on sabbatical owing to her own involvement in the corporation’s Jimmy Savile scandal, The Guardian suggests that Patten will favor outside contenders, even if the ongoing crisis might make the job look a little unattractive. Entwistle’s shock resignation after just 54 days as director general came earlier this month, as the BBC’s current affairs program Newsnight became embroiled in a second child sex scandal after the Savile affair, when it made false allegations against former Margaret Thatcher adviser Lord McAlpine. He got £185k worth of damages from the corporation last week. The Telegraph now reports he is planning a £500k a suit against rival broadcaster ITV for revealing his identity in an interview with prime minister David Cameron. – Joe Utichi
John Willis succeeds Tim Corrie as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts chairman. Corrie will remain as deputy chairman for another year. Willis, chief exec of production outfit Mentorn Media, is a 30-year member of BAFTA and …
ITV1′s serial-killer drama Appropriate Adult leads this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards nominations with four including lead actor for Dominic West and lead actress for Emily Watson. BBC One’s Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch is also among the top mentions, scoring nods for the acting duo of Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Downton Abbey, however, came up with only one nomination: for Dame Maggie Smith who plays the formidable Dowager Countess. The ceremony will take place in London on May 27. Nominees in the major categories follow; full list to come: