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Jack Cutmore-Scott To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Jury Duty’

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Jack Cutmore-Scott To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Jury Duty’
Exclusive: Deception star Jack Cutmore-Scott will lead the ensemble cast of Jury Duty (fka We the Jury), CBS’ hybrid half-hour comedy pilot from 9Jkl co-creator Dana Klein, writer Stephanie Darrow, UK producer Big Talk Productions and CBS Television Studios.

Written by Klein and Darrow based on a British format, in Jury Duty, a group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict….and they can’t even agree on lunch.

Cutmore-Scott will play John ‘Hutty’ Huttman, a charismatic natural leader and winner in every way, who isn’t happy about being made an alternate juror, so he’s going to make it fun for himself.

Jury Duty was based on the British format We the Jury, created by stand-up comedian James Acaster and originally piloted on BBC Two. Klein and Darrow executive produce the CBS pilot with Acaster, and Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice for Big Talk.
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BBC Renews Lionsgate-Backed Comedy ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ For Second Season

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BBC Renews Lionsgate-Backed Comedy ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ For Second Season
Lionsgate-backed comedy The Goes Wrong Show has been renewed by the BBC for a second season.

The series, produced by Mum producer Big Talk Productions and Mischief Screen, is based on the latter’s eponymous play from the team behind Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong.

The first season followed the Cornley Drama Society undertaking another overly ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde. The half-hour episodes are described as “theatrical catastrophe”.

The Goes Wrong Show is written by and stars the original founding Mischief Theatre members including Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. It is filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Lionsgate sells internationally in a deal similar to its arrangement for Sharon Horgan-penned Motherland.
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‘We The Jury’ Comedy From Dana Klein & Stephanie Darrow Gets CBS Pilot Order

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CBS has given a pilot order to We The Jury, a half-hour comedy from 9Jkl co-creator Dana Klein, writer Stephanie Darrow, UK producer Big Talk Productions and CBS Television Studios.

The comedy, originally sold and developed as single-camera, has been picked up to pilot as hybrid. The move is similar to last year’s format-change for comedy The Unicorn, which was developed by CBS/CBS Studios as a single-camera but picked up to pilot as a multi-camera. The pilot was converted back to single-camera before it was shot.

Written by Klein and Darrow, in We The Jury, a group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict….and they can’t even agree on lunch.

We the Jury was based on a British format of the same name, created by stand-up comedian James Acaster. It was piloted on BBC Two in the UK in 2016 as part
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CBS Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘9Jkl’ Creator, Comedian James Acaster

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CBS is developing a project that takes a comedic look at the age-old “12 Angry Men” dilemma of how does a jury come to a unanimous verdict?

The network has issued a pilot order for “We The Jury,” a hybrid series from “9Jkl” co-creator Dana Klein and Stephanie Darrow. The project hails from CBS Television Studios.

Here’s the short and sweet logline for the project: “A group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict….and they can’t even agree on lunch.”

“We The Jury” also has some involvement from across the pond, with Big Talk Productions CEO Kenton Allen and managing director Matthew Justice on board as executive producers. The final Ep listed on the project is James Acaster, a rising star on the British comedy scene whose “Repertoire” series of stand-up specials graced Netflix in 2018.

Klein, a “Friends” alumna, also created “Friends With Better Lives” which,
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Amazon & BBC Team On ‘The Offenders’ From ‘The Office’ Co-Creator Stephen Merchant, ‘Mayans M.C.’ Co-Creator Elgin James & Big Talk

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Amazon & BBC Team On ‘The Offenders’ From ‘The Office’ Co-Creator Stephen Merchant, ‘Mayans M.C.’ Co-Creator Elgin James & Big Talk
Exclusive: Amazon has partnered with the BBC on a British comedy drama created by The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant and Mayans M.C. co-creator Elgin James.

The Svod service and the British public broadcaster have ordered crime thriller-meets-state-of-the-nation commentary The Offenders (w/t) from Mum producer Big Talk and Merchant’s Four Eyes. It is the latest co-production between Amazon Studios and the BBC, which have previously partnered on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning Fleabag and Steve McQueen’s drama Small Axe.

The six-part series, which consists of hour-long episodes, follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a community payback sentence in Bristol. Although they seem like archetypes, they should not be pigeon-holed. As their unlikely new friendships intersect with their complicated private lives, the group must unite to protect one of their own from Bristol’s most dangerous criminal gang.

Merchant, who also created and
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Nfts 2019 fundraising Gala celebrating UK producers raises £300k

The event was attended by 25 Nfts Producing alumni.

Industry guests from Channel 4, BBC Films, Universal Pictures International, Netflix and the Walt Disney Company were among those who raised £300,000 at the annual fundraising gala of the UK’s National Film and Television School (Nfts) held at London’s Old Billingsgate venue on June 25.

This year’s event was themed ’Great British Producers’, and 25 alumni from the Nfts Producing Ma were in attendance. They included Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Bafta-nominated producer and recently-appointed Bifa board member; Anna Higgs head of industry: entertainment at Facebook; and Len Rowles, head of development at Protagonist Pictures.
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BBC Brings Stage Comedy ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ To TV Backed By Lionsgate

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Lionsgate has partnered with Big Talk Productions and Mischief Screen to bring a comedy stage play to BBC One.

The British public broadcaster has commissioned The Goes Wrong Show, which is based on Mischief Theatre’s eponymous play from the team behind Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, which were previously adapted for television.

The six-part series follows the Cornley Drama Society undertaking another overly ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde. The half-hour episodes are described as “theatrical catastrophe”.

The Goes Wrong Show will be written by and star the original founding Mischief Theatre members including Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. It will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.

The Goes Wrong Show is
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CBS Nabs Multi-Generational Family Comedy From Dana Klein, Wendi Trilling & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

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9Jkl co-creator/executive producer Dana Klein has reunited with series’ executive producers, Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling and Dana Honor, and studio, CBS TV Studios, for another multi-generational, multi-camera comedy, which has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment.

Written by Klein, The Squeeze centers on a married couple that struggles to take care of both dependent children and dependent parents.

Klein executive produces with Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan and Honor and TrillTV’s Trilling as well as Big Talk’s Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios produce.

This is the latest collaboration between Klein and Kaplan. The four previous comedy projects that the two teamed on, Daddy’s Girls, Friends with Better Lives, The Perfect Stanleys and 9Jkl, all went to pilot and two, Friends with Better Lives and 9Jk, were picked up to series. Friends alumna Klein is repped by UTA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.
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Big Talk Productions Founder & ‘Baby Driver’ Producer Nira Park To Exit ITV-Owned Film & TV Producer

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Nira Park, producer of Baby Driver and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Cornetto trilogy, is to leave Big Talk Productions, the film and TV firm she founded.

Park, who has had a long-standing producer relationship with Edgar Wright and also produced Sacha Baron Cohen’s Grimsby, founded the company in 1995.

She produced films including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End as well as Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block and is currently producing The Kid Who Would Be King starring Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, due for release in early 2019 for 20th Century Fox.

In TV, she produced British sitcom Spaced as well as Black Books, Him & Her and Free Agents, which was adapted by NBC.

Park sold the business to ITV Studios in 2013 and is planning to “pursue other opportunities.”

Park said, “When I set up Big Talk, the dream was to create
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Sky Original Production ‘Living The Dream’ Set For A Second Series

Sky’s Living The Dream is to get a second season. The first season, which is still airing on Sky One in the UK, has proved to be a hit with viewers, so filming on a follow-up has been scheduled to start in spring 2018.

In the second instalment of the comedy drama from the makers of Cold Feet, stars Philip Glenister (Outcast, Mad Dogs) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Paranoid) once again play Mal and Jen Pemberton, who with their teenage kids Tina (Rosie Day) and Freddie (Brenock O’Connor) have left Britain behind in pursuit of the American dream.

The first episode of Living the Dream attracted an audience of 830,000, making it the biggest launch of a comedy-drama on Sky One since 2012. The six-part series, currently airing on Thursday nights at 9pm, as well as on Catch Up TV, follows the Pembertons as they decide to leave rainy England
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CBS Developing New Adaptation Of UK Comedy Series ‘Friday Night Dinner’

CBS has put in development Sunday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy based on the British series Friday Night Dinner. The U.S. adaptation — about a couple with two grown boys who gather every week for a family dinner — will be written by The King of Queens co-creator Michael Weithorn and former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon. The two executive produce with the creator of the original series, Robert Popper, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. CBS TV Studios…
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Saban Films acquires ‘Man Up’

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The distributor has pounced following the April 19 world premiere of the rom-com starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.

Ben Palmer directed from a screenplay by Tess Morris about a woman who is mistaken for a blind date and goes along with it. Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams round out the key cast.

StudioCanal handles world sales and co-produced alongside Big Talk Pictures’ Nira Park, James Biddle and Rachael Prior.

Matthew Justice, Pegg, Dan Cheesbrough, Jenny Borgars, Danny Perkins, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer are executive producers. StudioCanal co-financed with BBC Films.

Saban launched a year ago and released The Homesman last November. The maiden slate includes How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; The Forger starring John Travolta; American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody and Jordana Brewster; Tracers starring Taylor Lautner; and The Trust with Nicolas Cage.
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StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins to give Screen Film Summit keynote

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StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.

Danny Perkins, the chief executive of StudioCanal UK, is to deliver a keynote speech at the upcoming Screen Film Summit, which takes place at the BFI on Monday (Dec 1).

Perkins has overseen the release of more than 300 titles theatrically and 1,000 titles in home entertainment, including Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hurt Locker and upcoming releases The Imitation Game and Paddington.

The exec has long been a strong advocate for homegrown UK talent and during his tenure at StudioCanal, the company has supported independent British features such as Yann Demange’s ‘71, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block and forthcoming Aardman production Shaun the Sheep.

His afternoon speech will be just ahead of a session that will debate ‘What’s next for UK film’, with panellists including Big Talk MD Matthew Justice, Lionsgate CEO Zygi Kamasa, BBC Films head Christine Langan, Independent film sales
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Zygi Kamasa, Matthew Justice join Screen Film Summit

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New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint PicturesGraham Broadbent.

Lionsgate’s CEO Zygi Kamasa, Big Talk Productions’ MD Matthew Justice and BBC Films head Christine Langan are to join the UK Film Industry Wishlist panel at the upcoming Screen Film Summit, which takes place at the BFI on December 1.

Together with Framestore’s William Sargent, Independent’s Andrew Orr and Vue’s Tim Richads they will be discuss the challenges facing their particular sectors and what they would like to see for the future of the industry.

Meanwhile, Hammer president/CEO Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’s Graham Broadbent will be discussing how best to maximise the potential of British film abroad.

Joining them on the panel will be West End Films’ head of sales Fabien Westerhoff, former agent and founder of UK production company 42 Josh Varney and the BFI’s Isabel Davis.

Leading
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The CW to remake ITV crime drama The Town

The CW will remake ITV's 2012 mini-series The Town.

Sherlock's Andrew Scott starred alongside Martin Clunes in the three-part drama, which followed Scott's Mark Nicholas as he returned to his hometown to investigate the apparent suicide of his parents.

Pretty Little Liars co-showrunner Oliver Goldstick will write and executive produce the CW's remake, a co-production from Russian Hill and Big Talk Productions for Warner Bros Television.

Creator Mike Bartlett, who subsequently received a BAFTA nomination for Breakthrough Talent for the crime drama, will also serve as an executive producer.

He will be joined by fellow executive producers Matthew Justice, Kenton Allen and Simon Curtis.

The Town attracted an average audience of 3 million (13.2%) over its three-episode run in December 2012.
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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Showrunner Teams With CW on ‘The Town’ Reboot

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Showrunner Teams With CW on ‘The Town’ Reboot
The CW is rebooting ITV series “The Town” alongside “Pretty Little Liars” co-showrunner Oliver Goldstick (pictured above). The show, based on the UK TV version created by Mike Bartlett, follows a young man who begins investigating his parents’ suicide and suspects murder, rendering the entire town culpable. Bartlett was nominated for a 2013 BAFTA TV Award. The original three-episode miniseries starred Andrew Scott. Also read: Ratings: ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘Originals’ Hand CW Most-Watched Monday in Almost 3 Years Goldstick will write and executive produce the CW version. Other executive producers include Bartlett, Matthew Justice, Kenton Allen and Simon Curtis. The show is a Russian Hill and.
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Man Up sells for StudioCanal

Exclusive: Deals include multi-territory accord by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

StudioCanal has been notching up sales on upcoming, London-set rom-com Man Up, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

The film, directed by Ben Palmer and produced by London-based Big Talk Pictures, was written by Tess Morris.

It revolves around a chaotic first date between a recent divorcee (Pegg) and a disillusioned singleton (Bell) involving lost divorce papers, a stalker and some competitive indoor sport.

StudioCanal head of sales Anna Marsh said: “Tess is a such a talented writer that the film already generated a lot of interest at Berlin on the basis of the script alone - it’s a real page-turner - but sales really took off in Cannes on the back of the promo-reel. There’s a real chemistry between Simon and Lake on screen.”

The film has sold to much of the world including Benelux (eOne Benelux), Switzerland (Impuls Pictures), Portugal (Lusomundo), Israel (Forum
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Wong, Czernin, Ross join BFI board

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Andrea Wong, Pete Czernin and Jonathan Ross have joined the BFI’s governing board.

They will attend their first BFI Board meeting on 29 April, 2014.

The board of governors, chaired by Greg Dyke and co-chaired by Libby Savill, comprises Josh Berger, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil, Oona King, J Timothy Richards and Alison Cornwell.

Wong is president of International Production for Sony Pictures Television (Spt) and president of International for Sony Pictures Entertainment (Spe).

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel producer Czernin runs Blueprint Pictures with Graham Broadbent.

TV and radio personality Ross presents ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and previously presented BBC One’s flagship film show.
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Production Begins on Big Talk’s Man Up with Lake Bell & Simon Pegg

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Coming off the back of a brilliant leading performance in In a World…, Lake Bell is about to return to the world of comedy, adding a little more of a romantic flavour into the mix opposite Simon Pegg in the upcoming Man Up.

Principal photography is officially underway on the rom-com, reports ScreenDaily, with Big Talk and StudioCanal announcing the ensemble cast that will join the leading duo.

Starring alongside Bell and Pegg will be Rory Kinnear, Olivia Williams, Sharon Horgan, Harriet Walter, Ken Stott, and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Bell stars as a disillusioned single woman who mistakenly goes on a date with a freshly-hatched divorcee (Pegg). The production reveals that the “chaotic and unconventional” date includes lost divorce papers, a stalker, competitive indoor sports and an “epic venue-to-venue urban triathlon… It’s about taking chances, making decisions and rolling with the consequences.”

Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie
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Big Talk’s Man Up underway

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Big Talk’s Man Up underway
Exclusive: Supporting cast joins Simon Pegg, Lake Bell comedy; StudioCanal to sell, distribute.

Principal photography is underway in London today on Man Up, Big Talk and StudioCanal’s rom-com starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

Additional cast includes Rory Kinnear, Olivia Williams, Sharon Horgan, Harriet Walter, Ken Stott and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie) directs Tess Morris’ script about a disillusioned single woman (Bell) who mistakenly goes on a date with a freshly-hatched divorcee (Pegg).

According to the production, the “chaotic and unconventional” date includes lost divorce papers, a stalker, competitive indoor sports and an “epic venue-to-venue urban triathlon”.

“It’s about taking chances, making decisions and rolling with the consequences,” reads a log line.

Producers are Nira Park and James Biddle with executive producers Matthew Justice, Simon Pegg, Rachael Prior, Dan Cheesbrough, Danny Perkins, Jenny Borgars, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer.

Backing comes from UK distributor Studiocanal (which will also distribute in Australia
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