Australian thriller wins deal with North America
EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures acquired the rights to Australian independent feature film Rage for a VOD release in North America and a Vimeo On Demand version in Australia from February 23, 2021. Matt Theo (Night watch), Hayley Beveridge (Dead moon circus) and Richard Norton (Mad Max: Fury Road) star of the film about a man who woke up after a violent home invasion to find that one of the attackers was still at large. The director is John Balazs and the writer Michael J. Kospiah. The producers are Marlane Ghmed and Vikki Blinks for Prima Lux Films in association with Adam La Rosa for La Rosa Productions.
Channel 5 / Acorn TV crew for ‘The Reluctant Madame Blanc’
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ViacamCBS Channel 5 network and AMC broadcaster Acorn TV have teamed up for their second drama series: The reluctant Madame Blanc (working title). Produced by Clapperboard and Saffron Cherry Productions, the six-part thriller is created by and stars Cold Call actress Sally Lindsay, who plays Jean White. White reluctantly watches the death of her husband, who tragically passed away on his way home from their former treasure hunting ground in southern France. Dermot Boyd (Mount Pleasant) directs, while the producer is Andy Morgan (Tin tin). Catherine Mackin, of Acorn Media Enterprises, is executive producer of the series for Acorn TV alongside Mike Benson of Clapperboard and Caroline Roberts-Cherry for Saffron Cherry. Channel 5 will broadcast the series in the UK, while Acorn TV owns the rights in the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. The reluctant Madame Blanc follows Deadline, revealing last year that Channel 5 and Acorn TV teamed up for the crime series Dalgliesh, starring Bertie Carvel.
Hat Trick International inks do business with Cardiff Productions
British industry veteran Pat Younge and Narinder Minhas’ new production company, Cardiff Productions, have signed a first deal with Hat Trick International. The multi-year agreement was negotiated by Hana Zidek, Head of Acquisitions at Hat Trick International. Younge is a former executive at BBC Studios, who currently sits on the ITV Studios board as a non-executive director. Minhas founded Sky-backed Sugar Films with Younge before they left last year.