Indian streaming major Disney + Hotstar put the wheels in motion on a major new project Special operations universe, a multi-series derivative of his recent spy thriller Special operations. Created by Neeraj Pandey, the project will cover many incarnations, including Special Ops season 1.5: The story of Himmat, which will tell the story of Kay Kay Menon’s character, Himmat Singh. As Special operations, the show will be shot in several international locations. “A few weeks after its launch, Special operations has emerged as one of the biggest shows of 2020, ”said Sunil Rayan, president of Disney + Hotstar. “We’re excited to venture into this non-linear storytelling format that brings a whole universe to life; where different stories and characters can coexist simultaneously. The scale at which this is designed is enormous and a testament to our passion for creating world-class entertainment for our audiences.
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First Nordic distributor Nordisk Film signed a development and distribution agreement with Finnish production company MRP Matila Röhr Productions. The deal will see all features produced by MRP go exclusively to Nordisk for distribution, with the first such project scheduled for 2022. Hamsters, a dramatic comedy produced by Marko Röhr and Hanna Kauppi and directed by Markku Pölönen; Never alone, by director Klaus Härö and producer Ilkka Matila; and Malcolm Rocks, which is an animated Scandinavian co-production about a little green caterpillar’s aspiration to hit big in the rock scene. The deal also includes the rights to MRP’s back catalog of 43 titles, which Nordisk will represent in the Nordic territory.
The United Kingdom Casting Directors Guild formalized its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group to address the ongoing challenges of representation in the industry. Jane Anderson and Stuart Burt join permanent members Victor Jenkins (chair), Jessica Ronane (vice-chair), Andy Brierley and Kate Ringsell on the organizing committee. The EDI group consists of 12 CDG members and will work on updating the Guild’s Code of Conduct, as well as implementing other changes such as the introduction of a paid casting internship for under-represented groups.