Global Showbiz Briefs: Biddy Baxter Set For BAFTA Honor; TrustNordisk Sells ‘Ragnarok’ In Multiple Territories; More

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Biddy Baxter Set For Honor At British Academy Children’s Awards
BAFTA will present TV producer and writer Biddy Baxter with its Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards on November 24. The award recognizes an … Read More »

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Tom Hanks Retraces A Life In Pictures, Talks Pitfalls Of Comedy & Freedom From Self-Consciousness At BAFTA Event

By | Saturday October 19, 2013 @ 4:52pm PDT

Tom Hanks was in London on Saturday to spend an evening with BAFTA. The British Academy’s Life In Pictures series is a walk through an actor or director’s career – Hanks’ this evening lasted two hours, which, considering his resumé, wasn’t nearly enough time to touch on every film. Hanks joked throughout the evening that he was getting whiplash from the fast-paced interview that started out with his early work as mostly a comedic actor, through to more serious turns in Punchline, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and up to his current films Captain Phillips and Saving Mr Banks.

Hanks is also in London ahead of the world premiere of Saving Mr Banks, in which he plays Walt Disney. The film tells the story of how Disney persuaded Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to sell rights to her tale of the magical nanny. Portraying the legend came with a particular challenge, Hanks said, due to “the current atmosphere of pressure in films.” Disney, he noted, “died of lung cancer. He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day. So, can we show him smoking? No way in hell.” Hanks said there was an actual “negotiation” about whether or not he could be filmed holding a lit cigarette in a scene. He could not. That film is the closing night gala for the London Film Festival which wraps tomorrow.

Over the course of tonight’s retrospective in front of about 150 BAFTA members, Hanks shared anecdotes from his long career, starting off, improbably, with 1989’s Turner & Hooch. “It has been so long since someone has shown a clip” from the film, he said, “I’m delighted, I learned a lot from that dog.” The dog in the film was male, but Hanks called comedy in general, “such a bitch… It’s sink or swim. It can’t be faked on film. The chops you develop in comedy are chops you will not be slave to, but will serve you.” Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Intouchables’ Helmers Gear Up For ‘Samba’; BAFTA To Host Life In Pictures With Tom Hanks; More

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

‘Intouchables’ Helmers Set To Begin Production On ‘Samba’
The Intouchables helmers Eric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache will begin shooting their next film, Samba, at the end of October. Omar Sy, Best Actor César winner for Intouchables, stars in the social comedy alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia), Tahar Rahim (The Past, A Prophet) and Izya Higelin. French major Gaumont is co-producing with Intouchables‘ Quad Productions. Gaumont will handle French distribution and sell the film internationally as it did with Tolédano and Nakache’s 2011 mega box office hit. Delivery is expected at the end of 2014. Read More »

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Deadline’s Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione, Episode 9

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 5:42pm PDT

Listen to (and share) episode 9 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about the ongoing controversy over India’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar; a capacity crunch at suddenly too-popular London production facilities; BAFTA’s move to recognize online video in its TV awards process; and the outcry over the unexpected demise of a favorite character in Helen Fielding’s next sequel to her Bridget Jones books.

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BAFTA Opens TV Awards To Web-Based Broadcasters, Tweaks Other Rules

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 4:11pm PDT

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is adding new rules which will for the first time include web-based broadcasters to be eligible for its TV awards, a move that opens the field to the likes of Netflix. Here’s a release on this and other changes to the prizes which will be awarded in April and May of 2014:

London, 1 October 2013: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced that, for the very first time, web-based broadcasters will be eligible to enter the British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

BAFTA’s Chief Executive, Amanda Berry, said: “We continually strive to ensure our Awards remain relevant to the industry, as well as reflecting the trends among the viewing public. We’re in a golden era for storytelling and programme-making, with top-class shows being broadcast online as well as on digital and terrestrial television; the latest update to our rules ensures we celebrate and reward the very best.”

The new Rule Books for both Awards are now published online, with full details on entry and eligibility, at

This important update to eligibility is one of a number of changes made to the Television and Television Craft Awards this year, presented in 2014.

Other changes include the expansion of the previous Comedy category, which becomes Comedy and Comedy Entertainment and encompasses programmes whose comedy is central to the editorial of the programme, including panel-led shows, chat shows where comic content plays a significant part, stand-up comedy shows, and comedy clips shows.

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BAFTA-BFI Screenwriters Lecture Series Line-Up: David S. Goyer, Hossein Amini, Susannah Grant, Tony Gilroy, Richard Curtis

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 2:27am PDT

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Film Institute (BFI) today announced their 4th annual Screenwriters’ Lecture Series from September 23rd through 30th about the scripting experience and the writers who often don’t get the recognition they deserve. This line-up has … Read More »

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BAFTA Los Angeles To Honor Kathryn Bigelow And Sir Ben Kingsley At 2013 Britannia Awards

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

Los Angeles, August 5, 2013 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards presented by BBC AMERICA on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the second year in a row, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing in primetime November 10, 2013 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special including footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet.

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Deadline Global Showbiz Watch Podcast With Nancy Tartaglione, Episode 2

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.

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BAFTA Adds Sixth Slot To Best British Film Category; Publishes New Rule Book

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 1:40am PDT

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 … Read More »

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BAFTA To Showcase Rising Comedy Writers At Edinburgh & New York TV Festivals

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: Read More »

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BAFTA Sets 2014 Film Awards Timetable, Gives Voters An Extra Week To Cast Ballots

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 1:43am PDT

As previously announced, the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday February 16 at London’s Royal Opera House. Word comes today that nominations are to be unveiled on January 8, the same day that … Read More »

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BAFTA Tightens Voting Eligibility Rules To Make Room For New Members

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 8:44am PDT

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 … Read More »

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BAFTA Launches ‘Breakthrough Brits’ Program To Promote Emerging Talent

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 1:08am PDT

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 … Read More »

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BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Girls’ Top International Show; Olivia Colman Scores Two Prizes

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 1:42pm PDT

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: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jonathan Deckter Tops IM GLobal, Wild Bunch Distribution, ‘Nymphomaniac’ Campaign Heats Up

IM Global President Jonathan DeckterJonathan 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. Read More »

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Even ‘American Idol’s Nigel Lythgoe Gets Weary of Product Placement

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:25pm PDT

Nigel Lythgoe American IdolDavid Bloom is a contributor to Deadline.

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.” Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BAFTA TV Craft Prizes; BBC Renews ‘The Village’; ‘Oh Boy’ At German Lolas; Al Jazeera

By | Sunday April 28, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT

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. Read More »

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BAFTA TV Nominations: ‘The Girl’, ‘Last Tango’ & Olympic Programming Score Nods

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 1:26am PDT

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
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Global Showbiz Briefs: The Queen’s Honorary BAFTA; India’s ‘Go Goa Gone’; Jane Campion Honored In Cannes

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

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. Read More »

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