ITV Studios UK has moved quickly to fill the Managing Director post that will be vacated by Denise O’Donoghue at the end of 2014. Julian Bellamy, who is currently Discovery Networks International Creative Director and Head of …
Global Showbiz Briefs: XYZ Boards ‘Redeemer’; ‘Testament Of Youth’ Gets Underway; ‘Black Box’ Sells; More
XYZ Films has joined Spanish-language actioner Redeemer as executive producer and sales agent. The movie, Redentor in Spanish, stars Chile’s Marko Zaror (Expendables 2, Machete Kills). He’s teaming for the fourth time with writer director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza. This time around, the story follows a former hitman who has made a deal with God: Every day he will hold a gun to his own head and pull the trigger; each time he does not die, he will take it as a sign that he is meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for. Principal photography starts on March 24 in Chile. Zaror is a highly trained martial artist across multiple disciplines who performs all of his own fight and stunt work without any wires or CGI tricks. Espinoza recently was editor on Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and his credits as director also include Kiltro, The ABCs Of Death anthology and Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman. Espinoza, Zaror and Diego Moral Heimpell are producers.
JB Perrette joined Discovery in 2011 as Chief Digital Officer. He’s since spearheaded the acquisitions of Revision3 and DeFranco Creative, as well as the launches of digital/online networks Animalist and TestTube, and the implementation of Skywire Live and Animal Planet L!VE, among other initiatives. The exec will replace Mark Hollinger who is resigning as president of Discovery Networks International after 23 years at the company. Perrette, who’s also a veteran of NBCUniversal, will oversee Discovery’s growing international business. Last year, the company acquired SBS Nordics and a 20% stake in Eurosport as well as launching TLC in the UK and growing overseas ratings by 25%. Perrette’s appointment comes two weeks after Discovery extended chief David Zaslav’s contract through 2019. Click over for full details of today’s news:
Discovery doesn’t just document ship disasters (See last month’s Raising Concordia), it documents new-ship building. Discovery Networks International in partnership with Maersk Line, announced this morning it will follow the creation of what’s being billed as the world’s biggest ship, from design to maiden voyage, in a brand new series premiering across Discovery’s international portfolio of networks. Initially premiering in the UK, the project, coincidentally called World’s Biggest Ship, will roll out internationally in more than 220 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America beginning this month.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Discovery Networks, Animal Planet & ‘Killer Islands’; Sidse Babett Knudsen Set For ‘Duke Of Burgundy’; More
Discovery, Animal Planet Partner On ‘Killer Islands’
Discovery Networks International and Animal Planet have teamed up for Killer Islands (working title). The original six-part series, described as a natural history documentary with an investigative twist, follows wildfire expert Dave Salmoni as he sets out to solve some of the last big mysteries surrounding the world’s most successful natural-born killers. Killer Islands will premiere on Discovery Channel internationally in 224 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America beginning spring 2014, and on Animal Planet U.S. in the summer of 2014. Killer Islands is a co-production between DNI and Animal Planet U.S. and produced by Silverback Films.
(Silver Spring, MD) Discovery Channel U.S. and Discovery Networks International (DNI) today announced the launch of a new Global Landmark Development Fund in the amount of $500,000 to fuel the next generation of groundbreaking epic series and landmark events. In its continued commitment to developing and producing the world’s most ambitious, highest quality programming, Discovery Channel and DNI are working in partnership to kickstart the creation of the next big breakthrough programs in science, adventure, history, engineering, natural history and more. The Global Landmark Development Fund will invest in the most impressive and daring ideas from the production community around the world.
Global Showbiz Briefs: PeaPie Films Gets Biz And Legal Exec; Tim Bevan: Mentor; Discovery Taps Asia-Pacific Chief
Natasha Pilbrow Joins PeaPie Films Biz/Legal Department
Kris Thykier’s PeaPie Films has added Natasha Pilbrow as head of business affairs and legal. Pilbrow was formerly with the film division of entertainment law firm Lee & Thompson LLP. London-based PeaPie is in preproduction on Stephen Daldry’s Trash and also is producing serial …
MIPTV Briefs: Keshet Int’l; AMC/Sundance; ‘Big Brother’; ‘Restless’; Bear Grylls; OWN UK; Warner TV Distribution
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Keshet International‘s UK office has hired producer Amelia Hann as head of unscripted programming to oversee a new factual production venture. Hann was most recently executive producer on Channel 4’s The Undateables and her other credits include the BAFTA winning Ross Kemp On Gangs, Wife Swap USA, Baby Bible Bashers, Scrapheap Challenge/Junkyard Wars and The Hunt For Britain’s Sex Traffickers.
DNI Makes Deena Edwards SVP Global Branded Solutions
Discovery Networks International has named Deena Edwards SVP of global branded solutions. Edwards is an 18-year Discovery veteran who has worked in everything from sales to marketing and education. In 2010, she was promoted to SVP of integrated content for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Her new role will see her spearhead the construction of global and regional branded entertainment solutions for advertising clients across original productions, digital media and Discovery Enterprises Intl. She’s based at Discovery HQ in Silver Spring, MD.