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Australian Drama Series ‘Wakefield’ Acquired By Showtime; Fall Premiere Set

Australian Drama Series ‘Wakefield’ Acquired By Showtime; Fall Premiere Set
Showtime has headed down under for its latest drama series acquisition.

The ViacomCBS premium cabler has picked up Wakefield, an Australian series starring The Split’s Rudi Dharmalingam and set an October 18 premiere date.

The eight-episode series, which debuted on Australian public broadcaster ABC in April, is a psychological drama that shines a comedic light on what happens when the sanest individual working in a psych ward begins to lose his grip. It is inspired by creator Kristen Dunphy’s personal experiences.

Dharmalingam plays Nik Katira, who after years working as psych nurse at Wakefield, is exceptionally good at his job. With a gift for soothing the afflicted and reaching the unreachable, he’s the most stable person in what tends to be a pretty crazy place. But right now, as his own sanity is slipping, the question is … why? Tackling the complexity of mental illness with humor and heart,
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‘Persuasion’: Edward Bluemel, Lydia Rose Bewley & Yolande Kettle Join Netflix & MRC Jane Austen Pic

‘Persuasion’: Edward Bluemel, Lydia Rose Bewley & Yolande Kettle Join Netflix & MRC Jane Austen Pic
Exclusive: Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve), Lydia Rose Bewley (The Inbetweeners) and Yolanda Kettle (Marcella) have joined the cast of Netflix and MRC’s Jane Austen movie Persuasion, which is now underway in the UK.

Already announced are Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Suki Waterhouse (The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Nw), Ben Bailey Smith – aka Doc Brown (The Split), Izuka Hoyle (The Outpost), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Get Even) and Nia Towle (The Hollow).

Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot (Johnson), an unconforming woman living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. Unmarried and 27-years-old, Anne reconnects with a man (Jarvis) she was once persuaded to reject and faces a second chance at love.

The book was the last novel written by Austen, author of classics such as Sense and Sensibility,
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‘Persuasion’: Cosmo Jarvis To Star Opposite Dakota Johnson In Netflix & MRC Jane Austen Movie; Richard E. Grant, Suki Waterhouse, Nikki Amuka-Bird & More Join

‘Persuasion’: Cosmo Jarvis To Star Opposite Dakota Johnson In Netflix & MRC Jane Austen Movie; Richard E. Grant, Suki Waterhouse, Nikki Amuka-Bird & More Join
Exclusive: Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Suki Waterhouse (The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and BAFTA nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird (Nw) are among those joining Dakota Johnson and Henry Golding in Netflix and MRC’s Jane Austen movie Persuasion.

Rising Brit actor Jarvis joins as Captain Frederick Wentworth, the love interest opposite Johnson’s character, Anne Elliot. Golding will play Anne’s cousin. We understand that fittings and rehearsals are underway for an imminent UK shoot.

Also joining will be Ben Bailey Smith – aka Doc Brown (The Split), Izuka Hoyle (The Outpost), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Get Even) and Nia Towle (The Hollow).

Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot, an unconforming woman living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. Unmarried and 27-years-old, Anne reconnects with a man she was once persuaded to reject and faces a second chance at love.

The book
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‘The Irregulars’ Canceled by Netflix After 1 Season

‘The Irregulars’ Canceled by Netflix After 1 Season
Sherlock Holmes drama came in at No. 1 on Nielsen’s Top 10 SVOD rankings the week after its March 26 launch

The Irregulars” has been canceled by Netflix after one season, TheWrap has learned.

The Sherlock Holmes drama, which launched March 26, came in at No. 1 on Nielsen’s Top 10 SVOD rankings the week after it premiered. That put it above Disney+ Marvel series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in Week 2.

Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and set in Victorian London, “The Irregulars” follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’ll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save not only London but the entire world.

The Irregulars” stars Thaddea Graham as Bea,
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Elisabeth Murdoch-Backed Sister Posts $7.7M Loss Amid Coronavirus Crisis & Expansion Efforts

Elisabeth Murdoch-Backed Sister Posts $7.7M Loss Amid Coronavirus Crisis & Expansion Efforts
Exclusive: Sister, the media co-venture owned by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider, and Jane Featherstone, has posted a loss of $7.7M in its first 18 months of trading, during which it expanded its investment empire and was hit by the coronavirus production shutdown.

The producer behind Emmy-winning Chernobyl and Amazon’s upcoming series The Power published its inaugural set of earnings at the UK’s Companies House today, providing a first detailed snapshot of the company, which began operating in September 2019 with the $63.8M acquisition of Featherstone’s production house Sister Original.

In the 18 months to the end of December 2020, the group’s revenue stood at $38.4M. While it is not directly comparable, it was below the revenue of £65.2M ($90M) Sister Original posted in 2019, which was when it delivered Chernobyl to Sky and HBO, as well as BBC series Giri/Haji.

Sister said its revenue was “lower than expected” because of the pandemic.
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BBC Orders Documentary Feature ‘Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On’ – Global Bulletin

BBC Orders Documentary Feature ‘Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On’ – Global Bulletin
In today’s Global Bulletin, BBC Two and BBC Music announce a behind-the-scenes Amy Winehouse doc; Netflix supports a new series development masters program in Italy; M6 commissions a French version of “Domino Effect”; and Red Arrow unveils its MipTV lineup.

Documentary

BBC Two and BBC Music have commissioned a documentary feature celebrating the life and legacy of musician Amy Winehouse. Working titled “Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On,” the film will exploit the benefit of a decade of hindsight to paint a more holistic picture of Amy Winehouse the person, rather than the troubled public figure which is often presented of her.

The special is told largely from the point of view of Janis Winehouse, Amy’s mother. Suffering from Ms, which threatens her long-term memory, Janis was motivated to show the world the Amy she knew, and immortalized her memories on film while she still can.

“I don’t feel
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‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister Hires ‘Black Mirror’ Exec Lucy Dyke, Launches Northern Production Hub

‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister Hires ‘Black Mirror’ Exec Lucy Dyke, Launches Northern Production Hub
Chernobyl” producer Sister — the content studio set up by Jane Featherstone, Stacey Snider and Elisabeth Murdoch — has hired former “Black Mirror” producer Lucy Dyke to lead a new production hub out of Manchester, in northern England.

The outfit is called Northern Sister, and will focus on developing and producing high-end scripted projects in the region, while fostering creators from diverse backgrounds both on and off screen. The Manchester location will allow Sister to tap into creative talent in other cities, such as Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bradford.

The company’s expansion up north comes at a time when U.K. broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4 are growing their own operations outside of London.

Calling the timing of the BBC’s expansion plans, revealed just last week, “fortuitous,” Dyke tells Variety, “It’s really important that we nurture the next generation of writers and script editors. When I started out,
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‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister Hires ‘The Split’ Executive Producer Lucy Dyke To Launch Manchester Office

‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister Hires ‘The Split’ Executive Producer Lucy Dyke To Launch Manchester Office
Sister, the Elisabeth Murdoch-backed producer behind Chernobyl, is launching an office in the north of England and has recruited The Split executive producer Lucy Dyke to lead the outpost.

Northern Sister will be based in Manchester and will aim to establish relations with writers, producers, and creative talent across the north of England, including in the cities of Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Bradford.

Dyke was a freelance executive producer before agreeing to take on the permanent role at Sister, which is currently in production on HBO/Sky series Landscapers in the English city of Nottingham.

She oversaw two seasons of The Split for the BBC and AMC, with a third and final season on the way. Previous credits include Netflix’s Black Mirror and Amazon’s Ripper Street. She will continue to work with Sister on projects housed in London and LA.

Commenting on Dyke’s appointment, Sister CEO
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‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister Launches North England Hub

‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister Launches North England Hub
Sister, the fast-growing production powerhouse founded by Jane Featherstone, Stacey Snider and Elisabeth Murdoch that has produced such shows as Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Giri/Haji, is launching a new entity based in Manchester.

Northern Sister, announced Wednesday, will focus on developing and producing high-end scripted projects from the north of England and establish connections with writers, producers and creative talent from other cities, including Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bradford.

The new operation will be headed up by Black Mirror producer Lucy Dyke, who joins the company after having worked with Sister overseeing its BBC/AMC legal drama The Split for two seasons. As well as developing her ...
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‘A Bird Flew In’: First Trailer For Lockdown Drama Starring Derek Jacobi, Jeff Fahey, Sadie Frost — EFM

‘A Bird Flew In’: First Trailer For Lockdown Drama Starring Derek Jacobi, Jeff Fahey, Sadie Frost — EFM
Exclusive: Here’s the first trailer for UK drama A Bird Flew In (previously known as Alone), the Goldfinch-backed drama shot during lockdown.

Starring are Derek Jacobi (Gladiator), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Julie Dray (Cradle to Grave), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Nymphomaniac), Sadie Frost (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors), Camilla Rutherford (Yesterday), Michael Winder (Set The Thames On Fire) and Frances Barber (The Split).

In seven interlinked narratives, the film charts how when the Covid 19 lockdown is announced, the entire cast and crew of a feature film are sent home. Couples fall apart, others come together and some find they are simply alone.

Dominic Wells and Elizabeth Morris (Killers Anonymous) scripted the feature, which marks the directorial debut of Goldfinch producer Kirsty Bell. Msr Media International is handling sales.

Producing is Ben Charles Edwards (Set the Thames on Fire), executive producer is Philippe Martinez (Father Christmas Is Back).
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BBC Outlines Diversity and Inclusion Plan for Next Two Years – Global Bulletin

BBC Outlines Diversity and Inclusion Plan for Next Two Years – Global Bulletin
In today’s Global Bulletin, the BBC details its 2021-2023 Diversity and Inclusion Plan, Netflix and Fremantle partner on a new reality series in Spain, NBCUniversal Formats and Banijay Asia Indian remakes of popular formats, Mf Yapim preps a Turkish version of “The Split,” BBC Two commissions “Jay’s Workshop” from Ricochet, Uplands TV signs a first look deal with the BBC and Pact hires Nick Sherman and Jules Robinson to back local indies.

Diversity

The BBC has detailed its 2021-23 Diversity and Inclusion Plan which the company hopes sets the industry standard for inclusion and workplace diversity.

Several key points were announced as part of the plan, including the BBC’s largest ever increase in entry-level opportunities and apprenticeships, a new outreach program focused on engaging with underrepresented communities in the existing BBC workforce, diversifying the company’s leadership structures, new inclusive behavior training for employees as well as tools to tackle non-inclusive behaviors,
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TVLine Items: AHS Vet Returns for Season 10, Lightning Casting and More

TVLine Items: AHS Vet Returns for Season 10, Lightning Casting and More
An American Horror Story fan favorite is returning to the fold.

Frances Conroy, last seen playing both Myrtle and Moira in the FX anthology’s eighth season (AHS: Apocalypse), is rejoining the all-star cast for Season 10, series creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed. “Our beloved Frannie is indeed in this season,” Murphy wrote in response to a fan’s inquiry on Instagram.

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Little else
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Rob Delaney, Alice Eve Join Cast of Amazon Studios’ ‘The Power,’ From ‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister

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Rob Delaney, Alice Eve Join Cast of Amazon Studios’ ‘The Power,’ From ‘Chernobyl’ Producer Sister
Rob Delaney (“Catastrophe”) and Alice Eve (“Belgravia”) have joined the cast of Amazon Studios’ upcoming drama thriller “The Power” as recurring guest stars.

Edwina Findley (“Treme”), Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (“The Queen’s Gambit”) and Simbi Ajikawo (“Top Boy”) also feature in the cast as recurring guest stars alongside series regulars Zrinka Cvitešić (“London Spy”), Archie Rush (“Black Mirror”) and Gerrison Machado (“Prank”) and Pietra Castro (“Jingle Bell Bride”).

Previously announced cast members include Leslie Mann, Auli’i Cravalho, Tim Robbins, John Leguizamo, Eddie Marsan and Daniela Vega.

The Power,” is a 10-part series based on Naomi Alderman’s international bestselling novel of the same name, produced by Sister for Amazon Studios, with Emmy Award-winning executive producer and director Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).

In the series, teenage girls around the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. The power is hereditary, inbuilt and can’t be taken away from them. The
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BBC/SundanceTV’s ‘The Split’ to Call It Quits After Season Three – Global Bulletin

BBC/SundanceTV’s ‘The Split’ to Call It Quits After Season Three – Global Bulletin
In today’s Global Bulletin, BBC and SundanceTV announce the third and final season of “The Split,” Sky and XYZ Films prepare to shoot “Book of Love” and Vis Distribution adds 750 hours of content following its acquisition of Israel’s Ananey Studios.

Television

BBC One and SundanceTV have ordered a third and final season of Sister’s “The Split,” created by BAFTA and International Emmy-winning writer Abi Morgan and produced by Jane Featherstone (“Chernobyl”), Lucy Dyke (“Black Mirror”) and Lucy Richer (“Small Axe”), with Dee Koppang O’Leary boarding as lead director.

Unspooling in London’s high-end divorce circuit, “The Split” follows the lives of the Defoe sisters, Hannah, Nina and Rose, and their imposing mother Ruth. Season two ended with divorce lawyer Hannah’s own marriage in tatters and the couple negotiating the terms of their own split. As the dust seems to be settling, a new revelation comes to light,
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‘The Split’: BBC, SundanceTV’s Abi Morgan Divorce Drama Renewed For Third & Final Season

‘The Split’: BBC, SundanceTV’s Abi Morgan Divorce Drama Renewed For Third & Final Season
The BBC and AMC’s SundanceTV have renewed Sister relationship series The Split for a third and final season.

Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay and Chukwudi Iwuji are all set to reprise their roles in the drama, which is set in the fast-paced, complex world of London’s high-end divorce circuit.

Created and written by The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, Season 3 has attached Dee Koppang O’Leary as lead director. Little Chick co-produces the drama with Sister.

Morgan said: “It’s great to be back writing for the Defoe Family, and to dive once more into to the complications of their lives and those of their clients. In the final series of this bittersweet trilogy, Hannah faces the heartbreak of her own divorce, and the fight to save her family and her marriage. Siblings clash, past mistakes are exposed and hearts are
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‘Peacemaker’: HBO Max James Gunn ‘Suicide Squad’ Spinoff Series Adds Four

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‘Peacemaker’: HBO Max James Gunn ‘Suicide Squad’ Spinoff Series Adds Four
James Gunn’s Suicide Squad spinoff HBO Max series Peacemaker has added Chukwudi Iwuji, as Clemson Murn in a series regular role, and three recurring guest stars, those being Lochlyn Munro as Larry Fitzgibbon, Annie Chang as Detective Sophie Song and Christopher Heyerdahl as Captain Locke.

Peacemaker will explore the origins of John Cena’s character from the upcoming Aug. 6, 2021 Warner Bros. release, which is also being planned to hit HBO Max at the same time. Peacemaker is a guy who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.

Of the four characters announced, Fitzgibbon is the head doctor at Belle Reve penitentiary in DC Comics lore and he’s an aide to government official Amanda Waller who assembles the Suicide Squad (played by Viola Davis in the movie).

Today’s quad joins previously announced series regulars Cena, Danielle Brooks,
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Anousha Zarkesh, Nathan Lloyd scoop Cga Awards

Anousha Zarkesh, Nathan Lloyd scoop Cga Awards
Anousha Zarkesh and Nathan Lloyd each took home two gongs from the Casting Guild of Australia (Cga) Awards on Saturday, leading the night’s winners.

Bert and Amanda LABONTé hosted the ceremony, virtual this year due to Covid-19.

Lloyd snared Achievement in Casting for the second season of children’s series The InBestigators, as well as Best Casting in a TV drama for Wentworth.

Yet again, Zarkesh won Best Casting in a TV Comedy for the fourth season Black Comedy (she won last year for the third innings of the show), as well as Best Casting in a TV Miniseries & Telemovie for Operation Buffalo.

Following on from their Aacta win on Friday night, the feature film award went to Kirsty McGregor and Stevie Ray for Babyteeth, which stars Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn.

Best Casting in a Short Film went to Daniella Friedman for the Aacta nominated The Mirror.
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Cga names 2020 Rising Stars

Cga names 2020 Rising Stars
The Casting Guild of Australia (Cga) has named its ten ‘Rising Stars’ for 2020: Luca Sardelis, Lily Sullivan, Yazeed Daher, Sophie Wilde, Ayesha Madon, Patrick Jhanur, Daniel Monks, Ratidzo Mambo, Thomas Weatherall and Bridie McKim.

It’s the sixth year the guild has compiled the list, which has previously identified talent such as Eliza Scanlan, Katherine Langford, Tilda Cobham-Harvey, Geraldine Viswanathan and Alexander England.

Cga President David Newman said: “Each year all Cga members nominate and then vote for 10 emerging artists they see as Rising Stars, those who we believe are most likely to cut through at an international level.

“In 2020, these actors have gone from all work stopping, thinking they may never work again to now being presented as some of the most promising of their generation – what a roller coaster! We’re extremely proud to present 10 emerging artists who aren’t only amazingly talented but also represent the
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Horror Highlights: Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth, Cult Of Dracula, New York City Horror Film Festival, Night Creatures, Don’T Look Back

Horror Highlights: Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth, Cult Of Dracula, New York City Horror Film Festival, Night Creatures, Don’T Look Back
In today's Horror Highlights: The first photo and details on Ben Wheatley's latest horror movie, news of Cult of Dracula moving to Source Point Press, an announcement of the New York City Horror Film Festival going virtual, the programming lineup for Drafthouse's Night Creatures, and an interview with Don’t Look Back composer Chris Thomas!

Neon Wraps Ben Wheatley's Horror Film In The Earth: "Neon today announced that Ben Wheatley has written and directed the horror film In The Earth, starring Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires, and BAFTA Award Winner Reece Shearsmith. Andy Starke produced for Wheatley and Starke’s Rook Films alongside Tom Quinn and Jeff Deutchman who executive produced on behalf of Neon. In Ben Wheatley’s rising career of studio tent pole franchises like The Meg 2 and In The Earth marks a return to his genre roots akin to his groundbreaking Kill List. The film
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Anya Taylor-Joy to star in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ prequel ‘Furiosa’

Anya Taylor-Joy to star in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ prequel ‘Furiosa’
Anya Taylor-Joy has been tapped in to feature in the forthcoming 'Mad Max: Fury Road' prequel 'Furiosa.'

According to reports, the project was first announced last year and was later confirmed in May by 'Mad Max' director George Miller.

The 24-year-old actress, best known for starring in M Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller 'The Split' and its follow-up 'Glass' will be portraying a younger version of Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron in 2015’s 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.

According to Deadline, the film will reveal the powerful Furiosa's backstory, long before she teamed up with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) in Fury Road.

Miller originally wanted to cast Charlize Theron again in the prequel by using de-aging effects to bring back the 44-year-old actress to her 20s, but later decided against it, instead opting to cast Anya Taylor-Joy instead, who is 24.

Apart from Taylor-Joy,
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