April 27, 2017
In this week's edition:
• Guerrilla’s Freida Pinto & Babou Ceesay
• Distributor Spotlight: ZDF Enterprises
In the news
Taking place this week in Bali was the eighth annual edition of APOS, where online video and the evolution of pay TV in Asia took center stage. The event included such speakers as Disney’s Andy Bird, Turner’s Gerhard Zeiler, and Netflix’s Bill Holmes and Robert Roy, among others. Outside of APOS, FremantleMedia purchased a 25-percent stake in the U.K. indie Duck Soup Films. In financial news, Sony Corporation revised its consolidated results forecast for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, increasing it by $430 million, while Sky’s revenues for the nine months ended March 31 rose by 11 percent to $12.3 billion. With record revenues and profits for 2016, UKTV is launching a new multimillion-pound fund to invest in “high-growth-potential businesses.” And the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors revealed the winners in this year’s entertainment category, with FX’s Atlanta and HBO’s Veep among the programs taking home a prize.
Guerrilla’s Freida Pinto & Babou Ceesay
By Mansha Daswani
Freida Pinto has pursued an eclectic movie career since earning plaudits for her work in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, starring in a mix of independents and Hollywood blockbusters, from Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Julian Schnabel’s Miral to Tarsem Singh’s Immortals and Twentieth Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Guerrilla, a limited series from award-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley for Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the U.K., marks Pinto’s first scripted TV work. The series is currently airing in both markets.
From Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, the six-parter, set in 1970s London, is executive produced by Idris Elba, who also stars in the project. Pinto and co-star Babou Ceesay tell World Screen Weekly about the experience of working with Ridley and about what drew them to the series, which has been launched to the global market by Endemol Shine International.
This video is available with subtitles in Spanish, Mandarin and French. Watch the video here.
Distributor Spotlight: ZDF Enterprises
ADDRESS: Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1,
55127 Mainz, Germany
TELEPHONE: (49-6131) 991-1601
PRESIDENT & CEO: Alexander Coridass
EXECUTIVE VP & COO: Fred Burcksen
PROGRAMS: Big Pacific: 4x50 min. 4K, wildlife & nature; Hitler’s Circle of Evil: 10x50 min. HD, history & biographies; Children of the Wild: 1x50 min. & 1x4 min. 4K, science & knowledge; Before We Die: 5x100 min./10x50 min., crime & suspense; Tempel: 6x30 min., crime & suspense; Maltese: 4x60 min./8x50 min., crime & suspense; 4 for Family—The Big Family Competition: 150 min. eps., game & family show; You Can’t Fool Me!: 90 min. eps., game show; Dance Academy—The Comeback: 1x97 min./4x24 min., live action; Lexi and Lottie—Trusty Twin Detectives: 26x24 min., live action.
TRAILERS: Please visit ZDF Enterprises’ Screening Room to view clips of Big Pacific, Children of the Wild, Before We Die, Tempel, You Can’t Fool Me!, Dance Academy—The Comeback and Lexi and Lottie—Trusty Twin Detectives.
“ZDF Enterprises is a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. The company is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international co-productions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for ZDF and for third parties. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.”
—Alexander Coridass, President & CEO
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