British broadcaster BBC acquired CNNit is Primetime Emmy winning series “Stanley Tucci: in search of Italy”. The six-part series follows the Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisines. In each episode, Tucci visits a different region or city of Italy, showing viewers how the diversity of Italian cuisine provides a gateway through which they can glimpse Italy’s history and culture.
The show, which is produced by CNN and a London-based film and television production company BELIEVEDhas already been renewed for a second season and will be available on BBC Two and iPlayer streamer from February 27.
Tucci said, “It has been a dream of mine to do this show for many years and a great joy to do it with CNN and RAW. I am so honored that it has been acquired by the prestigious BBC.
Joe LappingBBC’s head of factual acquisition, added: “We are delighted to take viewers on an unforgettable journey with the fantastic Stanley Tucci through a country renowned for its incredible cuisine. It’s a brilliantly entertaining and tantalizing experience. which we know viewers will appreciate.”
Meanwhile, filming has begun in Belfast on BBC One’s six-part drama ‘Blue Lights’, from Declan’s Lawn and Adam Patterson, the authors of “The Salisbury Poisonings”. The series follows three rookie cops working in Belfast and chances are at least one of them won’t last.
Siân Brooke (“Sherlock”), Martin McCann (“Marcella”), Richard Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), Katherine Devlin (“The Dig”) and newcomer Nathan Braniff lead the cast alongside John Lynch (” Tin Star”), Jonathan Harden (“Time”) and Valene Kane (“The Fall”). It is directed by Gilles Bannier (“Trigger Point”) and directed by Two Cities Television and produced with support from Northern Ireland Screen as part of their ongoing partnership with the BBC.
Yeon Sang-hothe South Korean director behind the ‘Train to Busan’ films and the hit Netflix show ‘Hellbound’ has struck a deal with the Korean game company smile holder to develop content based on Yeon’s intellectual property. He promised to create a fictional universe by next year. Other properties can be developed like games, movies, series or web comics. Smilegate, which has been around for twenty years, produces games for mobile and PC. He is best known for the MMRPG “Lost Ark” and the first-person shooter “CrossfireX”. Yeon is also currently preparing the sci-fi movie “Jung-E” for Netflix. – patrick frater
Distributer All3Media International sold the documentary “The Anti-Vax Conspiracy” to BBC Select in North America, Discovery Plus for Italian-speaking territories, Now TV for Hong Kong and Public Television Service for Taiwan, alongside NRK (Norway), Sýn hf (Iceland ), DPG Media (Belgium), Canal Plus Polska (Poland), RTV Slovenija (Slovenia) and Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonia).
Produced by Caravan and Quicksilver Media for Channel 4UK and artFrance, and produced by Colette Camden (“Imagine”), the film explores the origins and growth of the anti-vaccination movement and its impact on global efforts to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The documentary, which recently won the Association for International Broadcasting Award for Investigative Documentary TV and Video, has already been sold to HBO Max for Latin America.
cross lens, a non-profit organization focused on measurable actions to provide access to funding for women and non-binary female filmmakers in the industry, has now opened submissions for qualified filmmakers to submit feature film projects in need of funding, with ten to be selected and given the opportunity and platform to present to investors, distributors and film sales agents in Cannes and Toronto. The program is open to non-binary filmmakers worldwide with a feature film project in advanced development. Required fields include a finished script, a producer with feature film experience, and a financing plan. Applications can be submitted here.
Warner Media International named Nermin Eroglu as an executive producer, working through development and production for HBO Max originals ordered and produced in Turkey, reporting to Mia EddeExecutive Director of Turkish Content, WarnerMedia International, who is responsible for all originals ordered and produced in Turkey for HBO Max. Antoine Racine, executive vice president and head of original production at WarnerMedia, leads the pan-EMEA original programming team that commissions and produces originals. HBO Max is set to launch in Turkey in 2022. Prior to joining HBO Max, Eroğlu was a producer at production company Ay Yapim, and between 2017 and 2019 he was deputy general manager, theater at Kanal D.
indian actor Chandan Roy Sanyal (Busan 2021 Selection “Deep6”) makes his debut as a writer, director and producer with the psychological comedy thriller “Suzie Q.” Produced by Dynamic mediaSanjay Kumar Pal, Sanyal and Abhijeet Singh Baghel, co-produced by Krranti Shaanbag, and directed and co-written by Sanyal and with a screenplay and dialogues by Juhi Shekhar, the film is set to be released soon.