The drama, based on Anthony Baxter’s 2011 documentary, tells the story of a small Scottish village who took on the then-reality TV star when he tried to build a golf course in a nature reserve. Jones, who has previously written and directed “Waking Ned” and “Everybody’s Fine,” is also writing the project while Baxter will serve as a creative consultant.
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“There was a reason why the world’s media was drawn to this story in 2006 and why there was such a determined effort to prevent Anthony Baxter’s excellent documentary of the same name, being released in 2011,” said Jones. “A special site of scientific interest was stripped of its status and a community of decent people faced an unwanted aggressor. This is a story that needs to be told to a wider audience and I am thrilled to be working with this team on what we plan to be a humorous, dramatic and emotionally engaging TV series set in one of the most stunning locations in the British Isles.”
Vertigo Films (“Britannia”) are co-produced the series with Blazing Griffin (“Book of Love”) and Montrose Pictures (“You’ve Been Trumped”). Jones will exec produce the series alongside Allan Niblo for Vertigo Films, Naysun Alae Carew and Lizzie Gray for Blazing Griffin and Anthony Baxter for Montrose Pictures.
The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the cross-platform marketplace for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers is returning to an in-person event in Budapest June 27-30. NATPE International is expected to have around 300 buyers, including 37 broadcasters from the CEE, and more than 60 exhibitors from the U.S., U.K., Latin America and Central Europe. Confirmed exhibitors include MGM Television, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros.Discovery, Paramount Global, Columbia Pictures, A+E Networks, MADD, Kanal D International, Calinos, Global Agency, ATV, ZDF, Inter Medya, and Globo. This year’s spotlight is on Turkish content.
This year, there will also be a free Ukrainian Pavilion, featuring five Ukrainian broadcasters.: Film.UA Group, 1+1 media, Ukraine TV Channels, StarLight Media, UA Suspilne (public broadcaster) and Ukrainian Content Global Cooperation.
J.P. Bommel, president and CEO, NATPE, said: “As NATPE returns to in-person events, I am thrilled that NATPE Budapest International roars back in-person bringing fresh new content from around the world as we welcome back many distributors from around the globe and the strongest presence ever from CEE buyers. We are proud to host the Ukrainian Pavilion on the exhibition floor.”
Kateryna Udut, CEO of MRM, the organizer of the initiative, said: “We understand that the future of the Ukrainian content industry is firmly tied with the European market. NATPE is the next important step for the companies that come under the umbrella of Ukrainian Content Global Cooperation initiative for strengthening existing and finding new business opportunities.”
The guests at the 61st Monte-Carlo Television Festival, to be held from June 17-21, will include seven former jury presidents from 2010 to 2019: Eric Close, Danny Glover, Ron Perlman, Jason Priestley, Jane Seymour, Ricky Whittle and Emmy Award winning producer and screenwriter Michael Hirst.
Festival CEO Laurent Puons commented: “To celebrate the new decade, we decided to honor the former jury presidents from the last 10 years. They will have the opportunity to meet with fans and speak with the press about their emblematic careers and also their future projects. This 61st edition promises to be extremely exciting with many premieres in and out of competition.”
The series in the fiction category include three world premieres with “A Private Affair” (Un asunto privado) showing in the presence of the production team and actors Jean Reno, Angela Molina and Aura Garrido; “Martha Liebermann” screening in the presence of the producers and actress Carola Thekla Wied; and “Vincenzo Malinconico, avvocato d’insuccesso” presented in the presence of the cast.
There will also be one international premiere, “Romance of Ida,” in the presence of the production team and actress Júlia Virginia Mentes; and one European premiere – “The Terminal List,” in the presence of Taylor Kitsch.
“Made in Oslo” will play with the presence of the production team and actress Pia Tjelta; “Trom” will play in the presence of the production team and actors Maria Rich, Ulrich Thomsen and Olaf Johannessen.
The festival will open with the world premiere of the first two episodes of the five-part thriller “Last Light.” Stars Matthew Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Wlaschiha, Alyth Ross and Taylor Fay will attend.
On June 20, StudioCanal will present the first two episodes of a series based on Marc Levy’s bestseller “All Those Things We Never Said,” in the presence of the author, the production team and the cast, including Jean Reno and Alexandra Maria Lara. – Leo Barraclough
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