June 25, 2019

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Channel 4 & Hulu’s The Light Adds to Cast

***Image***Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld), Mark Lewis Jones (Chernobyl), Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal) and Genevieve Barr (Call the Midwife) are among the actors joining Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) in the tentatively titled new drama The Light.

Written by the award-winning theater, film and television screenwriter Jack Thorne and directed by Sandra Goldbacher, The Light (w/t) explores a forgotten Welsh community that’s been devastated by an explosion at the construction site of a regeneration project. The disaster, which claims the lives of children who had broken into the building site, leaves the town roiled by grief and anger amid the search for justice. The four-part series will also star Shaun Parkes, Adrian Scarborough, Eiry Thomas, Nabhaan Rizwan and newcomer Jade Croot.
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Walter Presents to Air Russian Drama The Sect

***Image***Global Series Network (GSN) has picked up the Russian series The Sect to air on the Walter Presents VOD platform in the U.K. and Ireland.

The eight-part drama is directed by Gela Babluani, who previously worked on Money and 13 Tzameti. It follows psychotherapist Demidov (Evgeny Koriakovsky) and nurse Lilya (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who are behind a covert sect-deprogramming venture, specializing in controversial methods of liberating members from dangerous sects.
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Peter Nowalk’s Close Up Picked Up to Pilot at Freeform

***Image***Freeform has ordered to pilot Close Up, a new one-hour drama series executive produced by How to Get Away with Murder creator Peter Nowalk and written by Keith Staskiewicz.

Set in the suburb of Centreville, New Jersey, Close Up follows high school student Rachel Guyer as she embarks on a mission to expose the truth about her seemingly normal hometown and turn her community inside out. The series is produced by Nowalk and ABC Signature Studios, a division of Disney Television Studios.
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One Life Studios Sends Porus to Macedonia

One Life Studios has sold the historical drama series Porus to the broadcaster Alfa TV in Macedonia.

Porus tells the story of King Alexander and his journey towards India that leads to the battle of Hydaspus in 326 BC, with the titular Indian King ultimately stopping Alexander from entering India. Though Alexander wins the battle, recognizing King Porus’ bravery, he decides to leave India and return to his homeland of Macedonia. Through the deal with Alfa TV, Porus will have entered 12 countries and 14 territories.
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Sres. Papis Set for Serbian Adaptation

Viacom International Studios Americas has sold the scripted format Sres. Papis (Dear Daddies) to Prva Televizija in Serbia.

Sres. Papis centers on four parents who meet each other at their kids’ school and become friends and addresses such topics as friendship and parenthood in modern times. Production on the Serbian version of the series will begin this year, with the premiere slated for the first quarter of 2020.
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ABS-CBN Crime Drama Heads to Kazakhstan

ABS-CBN Corporation has licensed the Filipino crime drama The Blood Sisters to Channel 31 in Kazakhstan.

The Blood Sisters follows the lives of triplets—Carrie, a doctor with a flourishing career; Agatha, a rebel and spoiled brat; and Erika, an exotic dancer struggling to make ends meet—who are reunited after a case of mistaken identity.
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