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Mentors, participants revealed for 2020 BFI Network/Bafta Crew scheme (exclusive)

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Mentors, participants revealed for 2020 BFI Network/Bafta Crew scheme (exclusive)
Mentors include Becky Martin, Nia DaCosta, Bart Layton, Stephen Beresford and Michael Pearce.

The BFI and Bafta have revealed 16 emerging filmmakers and the mentors who will guide them as part of their ongoing initiative to develop talent from under-represented groups.

Veep director Becky Martin and Candyman writer-director Nia DaCosta are among those who will mentor upcoming talent as part of the second BFI Network x Bafta Crew Mentoring scheme.

Others who will provide bespoke support, advice and guidance to young filmmakers as they work toward their first feature or major commission include American Animals director Bart Layton, Pride screenwriter Stephen
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UK pay-tv broadcaster Sky unveils six new shows for 2020, including See-Saw’s ‘Sweetpea’

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UK pay-tv broadcaster Sky unveils six new shows for 2020, including See-Saw’s ‘Sweetpea’
‘Pure’ writer Kirstie Swain will write and exec-produce the eight-episode series.

Sky has unveiled a new slate of original shows for 2020, including a new series from See-Saw Films and Pure writer Kirstie Swain.

The pay-tv operator unveiled six new shows at its Up Next event at the Tate Modern in London on February 12, taking its number of originals to 80 in 2020 – 25% more than last year.

Launches include eight-episode dark comedy Sweetpea for Sky Atlantic, based on C.J. Skuse’s 2017 book, from See-Saw Films and Sky Studios.

Pure writer Kirstie Swain has penned the series, which explores how a seemingly normal
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Comcast-Backed Sky Unveils 2020 Programming Slate At Glitzy Tate Modern Event As It Eyes 25% Increase In Originals This Year

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Comcast-backed Sky has unveiled a huge swathe of commissions as part of its 2020 programming slate as it eyes a 25% increase in the number of originals on air this year.

The pay broadcaster revealed ten new projects ahead of a fancy upfronts event at the Tate Modern art gallery in London, which is set to feature stars including David Schwimmer, Steve Coogan and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.

It is set to air 80 original series in 2020, a 25% increase on last year, including Jude Law’s The Third Day, Billie Piper’s I Hate Suzie and FX co-pro Breeders. It will also increase the number of U.S. acquisitions across its channels, which now includes Sky Comedy and Sky Documentaries, by 40% including HBO’s The Plot Against America, The Undoing, Phoebe Waller-Bridge-exec produced Run and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

New projects unveiled today include paramedic comedy Bloods, starring Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks,
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U.K. Pay-tv Company Sky to Offer 80 Original Series in 2020, Up 25% on 2019

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Pay-tv operator Sky will offer 80 original series to its British subscribers this year, an increase of 25% year-on-year from last year, together with a 40% boost in the volume of programming from the U.S., it announced Wednesday. It also unveiled 10 new shows it has ordered.

Sky revealed its plans at a showcase event at London’s Tate Modern art gallery, where it shared exclusive previews of new shows due to air this year, with more than 25 talent on stage including David Schwimmer, Steve Coogan, Maisie Williams, Billie Piper, Nick Mohammed, Dynamo and Rob Brydon.

As well as its original and acquired shows, Sky is delivering aggregated content from its partnerships with Netflix, BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. It is also launching new channels like Sky Comedy, Sky Nature and Sky Documentaries.

Sky Group CEO, Jeremy Darroch, said: “In an increasingly competitive market, we keep pushing to give our customers what they want,
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‘Top Of The Lake’ Producer See-Saw Films Adapting ‘American Psycho’-Meets-‘Fleabag’ Novel ‘Sweetpea’ For Sky Atlantic With ‘Pure’ Writer Kirstie Swain

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Update: Sky has confirmed an eight-episode order.

Exclusive, October 30, 2019: Top of the Lake producer See-Saw Films is adapting C J Skuse’s novel Sweetpea for Sky Atlantic.

The company, which also makes SundanceTV’s short-form series State of the Union, is developing the comedy drama, which is described as American Psycho-meets-Fleabag, written by Pure writer Kirstie Swain. The hope is that it will turn into an eight-part order.

The book, which was published in 2017, chronicles a year in the life of an ambitious but bored young woman living and working in a small British town. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying, but outside of work she turns to altogether darker, grislier pursuits. Because the girl everyone overlooks might just be able to get away with murder.

Swain, who was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit earlier today, will write and exec produce. Swain,
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‘Killing Eve’ Producer Sid Gentle Lines Up Next Crime Caper With Adaptation Of Arne Dahl’s ‘Watching You’

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‘Killing Eve’ Producer Sid Gentle Lines Up Next Crime Caper With Adaptation Of Arne Dahl’s ‘Watching You’
Exclusive: Sid Gentle Films is looking to build on the international smash hit Killing Eve with another crime adaptation. The British producer has secured the rights to Watching You, the first installment in Swedish author Jan Arnald’s latest series of detective novels, Deadline can reveal.

Better known by his pen name Arne Dahl, the Scandinavian writer first published Watching You in 2016 and the novel tells the story of Stockholm-based detective, Sam Berger, and his attempts to find a serial killer following the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl. As the case unravels, it reveals sinister connections with Berger’s own life.

Berger has gone on to appear in two other novels, Hunted and You Are Next, much like the recurring characters in Dahl’s Intercrime novels, which were the subject of a major Scandi-noir TV series last decade, titled Arne Dahl. That series was made by The Bridge producer Filmlance
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The British Invasion: Ten Rising TV Scribes To Watch Out For In 2020

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The British Invasion: Ten Rising TV Scribes To Watch Out For In 2020
The year 2019 was a particularly good year for Brits in Hollywood, culminating in half of the Primetime Emmys heading to the other side of the pond with the likes of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Succession creator Jesse Armstrong winning big.

British and Irish writers have always done well in the U.S. both in television and on the feature side, but the last few years have been particularly kind to those making the 6,000-mile trek to Tinseltown, from The Mentalist and Gotham’s Bruno Heller to Saving Mr Banks and Terra Nova writer Kelly Marcel and Catastrophe co-creator Sharon Horgan.

As such, Deadline is taking a look at the next generation of British and Irish writers who are making waves in the UK and stand a good chance of landing a hit U.S. series.

Kirstie Swain

After working on long-running British dramas including Holby City, Casualty and EastEnders via the BBC Writers Academy,
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Bafta reveals 2019 Breakthrough Brits

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Bafta reveals 2019 Breakthrough Brits
Honourees include ‘Dirty God’ actress Vicky Knight and ‘Saint Maud’ writer-director Rose Glass.

Bafta has named 20 promising stars of the film, TV and games industries as its Breakthough Brits of 2019.

The initiative, conducted in partnership with Netflix, will see honourees celebrated at a special event in London on November 17.

Those selected are:

Abubakar Salim - Actor (Raised By Wolves)

Chance Perdomo - Actor (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

Chris Cox - Art Director (Ordain)

Coco Jackson - Producer (Dancing On Ice)

Daniel Dewsbury - Director (The Mighty Redcar)

Gemma Langford - Writer / Indie Games Studio Manager (Overcooked 2)

Jen Kenwood - Producer
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Bafta reveals Breakthrough Brits 2019

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Bafta reveals Breakthrough Brits 2019
Honourees include ‘Dirty God’ actress Vicky Knight and ‘Saint Maud’ writer-director Rose Glass.

Bafta has named 20 promising stars of the film, TV and games industries as its Breakthough Brits of 2019.

The initiative, conducted in partnership with Netflix, will see honourees celebrated at a special event in London on November 17.

Those selected are:

Abubakar Salim - Actor (Raised By Wolves)

Chance Perdomo - Actor (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

Chris Cox - Art Director (Ordain)

Coco Jackson - Producer (Dancing On Ice)

Daniel Dewsbury - Director (The Mighty Redcar)

Gemma Langford - Writer / Indie Games Studio Manager (Overcooked 2)

Jen Kenwood - Producer
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‘Sex Education’ Creator Laurie Nunn & ‘Pure’ Writer Kirstie Swain Among BAFTA Breakthrough Brits

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‘Sex Education’ Creator Laurie Nunn & ‘Pure’ Writer Kirstie Swain Among BAFTA Breakthrough Brits
Sex Education creator Laurie Nunn, Pure creator Kirstie Swain and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Chance Perdomo are among the latest crop of BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits.

The award, presented by the TV and film body in association with Netflix, consists of the most promising future stars of film, TV and gaming from the UK. Full list below.

Nunn, who created the Netflix comedy drama Sex Education, is currently in post-production for the second series, having become an exec producer. Swain wrote Channel 4 comedy drama Pure and is developing a raft of projects in the UK and U.S., while Perdomo plays Ambrose Spellman in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Others on the list include Raised By Wolves star Abubakar Salim, In My Skin writer Kayleigh Llewellyn, Chernobyl Production Designer Luke Hull and Trigonometry director Stella Corradi.

Nunn said, “Being a Breakthrough Brit makes me feel more secure,
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BAFTA and Netflix Unveil British Breakthrough Talent to Watch

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BAFTA and Netflix have raised the curtain on the 2019 class of Breakthrough Brits. The 20-strong cohort, spanning talent from film, TV and games, includes “Sex Education” writer Laurie Nunn, “The Virtues” actress Niamh Algar, “Chernobyl” production designer Luke Hull, and “Saint Maud” director Rose Glass.

The Breakthrough scheme has been run by BAFTA since 2013; this year is the first that the initiative has also had the backing of Netflix. The Breakthrough Brits receive mentoring and networking opportunities as well as entry to BAFTA events. Previous honorees include actors Florence Pugh and Josh O’Connor and director Michael Pearce.

Nunn, who has just seen the second season of Netflix’s “Sex Education” finish shooting, told Variety that being chosen was a sign that her career is on the right track and a moment to reflect on a busy past few years as well on what happens next.

She said she has
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‘Wild Rose’ leads Bafta Scotland nominations

‘Wild Rose’ leads Bafta Scotland nominations
Musical drama secures hat-track of nominations including a best actress nod for Jessie Buckley.

Musical drama Wild Rose, featuring a breakout performance from Jessie Buckley, leads the pack at this year’s Bafta Scotland awards with three nominations.

Tom Harper’s film about a troubled young mother from Glasgow who dreams of being a country singer picked up a best actress nod for Screen Star of Tomorrow Buckley, best writer for Nicole Taylor and a nomination for best feature film.

The film took £2.89m at the UK box office when it was released in April, following a strong reaction at its Toronto world premiere.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Actress Jing Lusi Cast in Amazon Series ‘The Feed’ (Exclusive)

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Actress Jing Lusi Cast in Amazon Series ‘The Feed’ (Exclusive)
British-Chinese rising star Jing Lusi, who appears in the Warner Bros. hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” has been cast in Amazon’s psychological thriller series “The Feed,” alongside Guy Burnet, Nina Toussaint White, David Thewlis and Michelle Fairley.

Lusi, who previously starred in “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man,” plays Amanda Ling in “Crazy Rich Asians,” opposite Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding and Gemma Chan with Jon M. Chu directing. The film, which premiered in the U.S. on Aug. 15, has grossed $35.9 million worldwide to date, with many major markets still to open.

The Feed,” based on the novel by Nick Clark Windo, is set in London. It centers on a technology called “The Feed,” implanted into people’s brains allowing them to share information and memories instantly. The show, directed by Carl Tibbets and created by Channing Powell, premieres next year.

In October, Jing will be seen in “The Romanoffs,
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Clique: BBC Three’s glossy new psychological thriller

Caroline Preece Mar 3, 2017

Premiering on BBC Three on Sunday the 5th of March, Clique is a modern noir written by Skins' Jess Brittain...

Following the channel’s success with Thirteen last year, BBC Three’s focus is staying very much on female-centric, young adult content with Clique - a new psychological thriller from writer Jess Brittain that digs into the modern experience of women at university.

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The first episode follows first-year student Holly (Synnove Karsen), who feels a distance growing between her and childhood best friend Georgia (Aisling Franciosi; The Fall) when they are invited in the seductive world of Jude McDermid (Louise Brealey; Sherlock) and her clan of glamorous interns. Soon, Holly starts to uncover the sinister underbelly of the girls’ lives,
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Open audition for new BBC Three drama series

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The casting team behind Skins are hosting an open casting call in Glasgow for an exciting new drama series called Clique, airing on BBC Three in 2017. The show centres around a group of female students at university in Scotland.

When?

Saturday 21st May, between 10am and 3pm.

Who?

Scotland-based women between the ages of 18 and 23 to play lead roles. Previous professional acting experience is not necessary.

Where?

Websters Theatre, 416 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9Hz. The nearest underground station is Kelvinbridge.

Essentials

You must bring a passport or other valid ID. You must also be 18 years old by September 1st 2016, and no older than 23.

Callbacks

To follow on Sunday 22nd May.

About the Show

Clique is a brand new six-part drama created by Jess Brittain and written by Jess Brittain, Kirstie Swain and Milly Thomas. Childhood soulmates Georgia and Holly are only a few weeks into the so-called best years
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