The major British distributors and Hollywood studios are preparing for an onslaught of international TV buyers with hundreds descending on London and Liverpool, hopefully with their wellington boots at the ready, to snap up the latest scripted gems.
Later this week, around 700 buyers are expected to hit the UK for the start of BBC Showcase, the annual programming bonanza held in Liverpool. The event, which runs Sunday 18 February to Wednesday 21 February in the home of The Beatles, will see a raft of U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix, joined by traditional broadcasters and local SVOD players alongside A-list British talent such as Idris Elba, Steve Coogan and new Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker.
Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide tells Deadline that the company has “pushed it a bit further this
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EXCLUSIVE: Marcella producer Buccaneer Media and Baltasar Kormakur’s RVK Studios have pacted to co-produce The Reykjavik Confessions. An English-language dramatization of one of Iceland’s most mysterious murder investigations, it has John Brownlow (The Miniaturist, Fleming) attached to write.
The story is based on the 1974 case in which two men vanished in the barren outskirts of Iceland’s capital 10 months apart, After six months of unsuccessfully trying to pin the murders on six young suspects, police flew in Karl Schutz, the so-called super cop famous for cracking the West German terrorist cell, the Baader Meinhof Gang. Ultimately, the six admitted to a role in the killings despite not being able to remember anything about the crimes. The bodies were never found.
BBC journalist Simon Cox has been studying the case for several years and is also consultant on the production which
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The docuseries will look at the unsolved death of Mississippi teen Jessica Chambers, who was set on fire in 2014.
Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal, is developing a true-crime docuseries based on a BuzzFeed News investigation into the mysterious death of a Mississippi teen, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The series will be inspired by the reporting of BuzzFeed News senior national reporter Katie J.M. Baker, who reported on the still-unsolved death of Jessica Chambers, who was set on fire in December 2014. Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper) will executive produce.
“Tragic in its own right, the story of Jessica Chambers speaks to all of us, from erupting racial tensions to the growing entanglements of rural poverty and drug use to the weakening of authorities in the face of a media-consuming culture,” said Berlinger. “The opportunity to partner with Wilshire
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