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Tom Fontana & Chris Long to Take Part in MIPTV Keynote

CANNES: Tom Fontana, the creator of Borgia, and Chris Long, the executive producer of The Mentalist, are taking part in a Media Mastermind Keynote at MIPTV, in a session moderated by World Screen’s Anna Carugati. On Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Auditorium A, Level 3, Palais des Festivals, the pair ...

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Exclusive with David Tennant on Broadchurch, Gracepoint

NEW YORK: David Tennant took a break from filming Gracepoint on Vancouver Island to talk exclusively to TV Drama about playing the same role twice, coming to grips with the American accent and the state of TV drama today. TV DRAMA: When you were first approached about Broadchurch, what appealed ...

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USA Network Continues to Build Up Slate of Originals

UNIVERSAL CITY: USA Network has picked up two new drama series, Rush and Complications, in addition to renewing White Collar. Rush (working title) comes from Fox 21 and is written and produced by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Little Engine's Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo (The Gates, Missing). It stars Tom ...

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Birds of Prey Novels Set for TV Adaptation

LONDON: FremantleMedia International and Corona Pictures have tapped J.J. Connolly to pen the TV adaptation of the first three novels of Wilbur Smith's Birds of Prey series. This marks the first time that one of Smith's novels is being done for TV. Connolly, best known for his British crime thriller ...

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U.K. Deal for Sci-fi Classic Farscape

HOLLYWOOD/LONDON: The cult-classic sci-fi series Farscape, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, has been licensed into the U.K. by The Jim Henson Company, with the Sky-owned PICK set to launch the show this April. A total of 88 episodes were produced of the show from 1999 till 2003, ...

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ZDFE Scores New Scandi Noir Drama

STOCKHOLM/MAINZ: ZDF Enterprises has taken on the international sales rights for Thicker Than Water, a series from Nice Drama for SVT and YLE. The Scandinavian noir is about an ageing mother who gathers her three conflicted children around her idyllic B&B on the Swedish coast, knowing that she is about ...

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NBC Renews Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Grimm

UNIVERSAL CITY: NBC is bringing back the dramas Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Grimm for the 2014-15 season. Chicago Fire will head into its third season, while Chicago P.D. enters its second. Both series are produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films. Grimm, a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production, ...

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FILM.UA Group to Present The Sniffer

CANNES: FILM.UA Distribution is heading to MIPTV with The Sniffer, a detective drama that was the highest rated TV series in Russia in 2013. The drama has a self-contained plot, with stories resolved in the same episode. In addition to its strong performance on Channel One in Russia, the series ...

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Michael Emerson Discusses Person of Interest

NEW YORK: Michael Emerson, who developed a loyal following with his performance as Benjamin Linus on the critically acclaimed series Lost, discusses now playing a brilliant somewhat mysterious and eccentric billionaire on Person of Interest as Mr. Finch. WS: What first appealed to you about Person of Interest and how ...

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Lifetime Plans First Global Premiere

LOS ANGELES: Lifetime is launching its first-ever global premiere with the debut of Return to Zero, based on a true story. The film stars Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, About a Boy, The Riches), Paul Adelstein (Private Practice, Scandal), Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart, Chocolat), Connie Nielsen (The Following), Sarah ...

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