EXCLUSIVE: Prison Break alum William Fichtner, Marc Lavoine (The Good Thief), Gabriella Pession (Wilfred), Tom Wlaschiha (Game Of Thrones), Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge Of The Sith), Richard Flood (Titanic: Blood & Steel) and Donald Sutherland are set to star in Crossing Lines, Tandem Communications‘ action/crime drama series created by former Criminal Minds showrunner Ed Bernero. Daniel Percival (Strike Back) will direct the first three episodes of Crossing Lines‘ 10-episode first season, which follows the workings of a special crime unit set up by the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized crimes that cross European borders and to hunt down criminals to bring them to justice.
Filming will begin September 26 on location in France and the Czech Republic. Bernero executive produces and serves as head writer, with Rachel Anthony (Mistresses) and Oliver Hein-Macdonald (The Passion Of Darkly Noon) set as co-writers. Moritz Polter (Labyrinth), Charles Caroll (Criminal Minds), Howard Griffith (Criminal Minds) and TF1 Production will handle production along with executive producer Rola Bauer, who developed the series with Bernero. READ MORE »
Italy’s De Angelis Group has reached a worldwide television distribution agreement with event miniseries specialist Tandem Communications on the $30 million Titanic: Blood And Steel. Chris Noth, Neve Campbell, Kevin Zegers and Derek Jacobi star in the 12-part series directed by The Tudors’ Ciaran Donnelly and slated to coincide with this year’s 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famed liner. The mini is a co-production from De Angelis and Tandem along with RAI TV, LA’s 3 Arts, Canada’s CBC, the UK’s Artist Studio, Ireland’s Epos Film and Spain’s Antena 3. Separate rights agreements were concluded in the UK, Ireland and Canada. France’s Studiocanal recently acquired a majority stake in Tandem, which is also co-producing the miniseries World Without End with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Here’s the release: Read More »
Forging into television, France’s Studiocanal has acquired a majority stake in Munich-based producer and distributor Tandem Communications, a specialist in international event-style miniseries and global TV distribution. Studiocanal, which recently backed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and will finance the Coen brothers’ upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, has been focused on film until now and last year entered a $200 million slate financing deal with Anton Capital Entertainment. The strategic partnership with Tandem, for which financials were not disclosed, sees the company expand its reach onto the global TV market. Among Tandem’s recent efforts is the just-wrapped eight-hour miniseries World Without End, the follow-up to The Pillars Of The Earth, both of which it co-produced with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. The press release is below:
STUDIOCANAL took a majority stake in TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS, one of the leading European companies for international primetime Event TV productions and worldwide distribution of quality television programs.This partnership marks another step in the growth of STUDIOCANAL.
In 2011, STUDIOCANAL reinforced its production investments with a slate financing deal to co-finance their international films, and enlarged its distribution with an output deal with Lovefilm in the UK and Germany.
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ReelzChannel has picked up nine-part miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, which will premiere on the channel Dec. 4. This is the second U.S. window for the mini following its run on Starz last summer. Based on Ken … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: German-based Tandem Communications and Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. have locked in the main cast of their $44 million eight-hour miniseries World Without End, a follow-up to The Pillars of the Earth, which the two companies also co-produced. Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth (MI5), Charlotte Riley (The Duchess) and Tom Weston-Jones (Enlightenment) lead the cast of the mini, based on the novel by The Pillars of the Earth author Ken Follett. Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy) is directing from a script by John Pielmeier, who also adapted The Pillars of the Earth for Tandem and Scott Free. The two companies are co-producing World Without End with Canada’s Take 5 Prods. and Galafilm.
Set in England 200 years after the events in Pillars, World chronicles tough times for ordinary citizens who are being hit with enormous taxes by the King, the Church as England teeters on the brink of a devastating 100-year war with France, and Europe is bracing for a terrible plague, which will wipe out a third of the continent’s population. The mini centers on Caris (Riley), a visionary woman who, with her lover Merthin, builds a community that stands up to the Crown and the Church. Read More »