Chief Business Officer Joins “Citadel” VFX Company
Former DNEG executive Marianne Speight has joined Citadel VFX company Milk as the Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Producer. In her new role, Speight will lead Milk’s business and bidding teams, supporting their studios across multiple countries. Her focus will be on securing new business opportunities and establishing stronger strategic partnerships within the industry. With over two decades of experience, including roles at DNEG and Scanline, Speight’s expertise is expected to contribute significantly to Milk’s growth. This move comes after Milk’s recent projects, such as Good Omens 2, Citadel, and the film Kandahar starring Gerard Butler. Milk, which received investment from Bizet Media, aims to progress to the next phase of expansion with Speight’s contributions. This news arrives amidst changes in the UK VFX sector, marked by layoffs at DNEG and the closure of Misc Studios.
BBC Renews ‘Granite Harbour’ For Season 2
The gripping BBC drama, Granite Harbour, has been greenlit for a second season, exciting fans of the police procedural. The show features Romario Simpson as Sergeant Lindo, a fresh Police Scotland recruit joining forces with DS Lara ‘Bart’ Bartlett, portrayed by Hannah Donaldson, in Aberdeen. In the upcoming season, Lindo and Bart will delve into a surge of criminal activity sweeping the city’s harbor, unraveling its origins. Collaborating on the script are talented writers Rob Fraser (known for River City and Tin Star), Ciara Conway (renowned for River City and Holby City), and Jillian Mannion (acclaimed for River City and Death in Paradise). The series, broadcast on both BBC One and BBC Scotland, is brought to life by LA Productions, the team behind Broken. Colin McKeown, head of LA Productions, expressed his enthusiasm, highlighting the ongoing fascination with Aberdeen and the promising character development, promising that Granite Harbour’s second season will be truly remarkable.
Moonbug’s Suite To Be Released On Prime Video In Turkey And Europe
Moonbug Entertainment’s collection of children’s intellectual properties is preparing for a debut on Prime Video across various European regions. Much-loved characters such as Oddbods, Blippi, and Little Baby Bum are gearing up to captivate audiences in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, and Portugal, as well as in Turkey. This partnership encompasses localized versions of popular shows like Comelon JJ’s Animal Time, Blippi Wonders, and Little Angel in Castilian Spanish. Moreover, the UK market will have access to the entirety of Blippi’s content and Oddbods libraries. The agreement has already been launched successfully in Germany and Turkey, with the remaining European territories slated to follow suit over the course of this year. Just recently, Moonbug, owned by Candle Media, inked a deal to enhance its franchises’ availability through South Korean telecommunications and IPTV provider KT. This initiative introduces fresh episodes of Little Angel and the incorporation of CoComelon Dance Party, CoComelon Animal Time, CoComelon Cody Time, Oddbods Season 1, and Minibods, all available in both English and Korean starting today.
My Mother, The Monster, a Hungarian movie, won Sarajevo’s CineLink Award.
Olivér Rudolf, the talented filmmaker from Hungary, has achieved recognition for his latest creation, “My Mother, the Monster,” by securing the prestigious Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink industry segment. This award, dedicated to feature projects hailing from Southeast Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, bestows a significant €20,000 cash prize upon the film, which is skillfully produced by Kino Alfa. The narrative of “My Mother, the Monster” revolves around Eva, a woman in her forties who grapples with disillusionment and a sense of insignificance in her life. Discovering a newfound identity behind an eerie monster mask, she embarks on a transformative journey of liberation. In another noteworthy achievement, the CineLink Work in Progress section presented the Post Republic Award to “One of Those Days Where Hemme Dies,” a project crafted by Murat Fıratoğlu. The film, produced by Turkey’s Nefes Films, has been granted post-production services valued at €30,000. The festival showcased a range of outstanding talents, and you can explore the complete list of winners for further insights.
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