Netflix’s New Turkey Collection, George Lucas Amongst BAFTA Presenters – Deadline
Netflix’s latest Turkish series
At a press conference in Istanbul today, Netflix announced the original drama series Midnight At the Pera Palace, produced by Karga Seven Pictures Turkey, the Turkish production arm of LA-based Karga Seven Pictures production company, which is part of the Red Arrow Studios group. The Turkish-language time travel series with eight episodes was put into production at several locations in Turkey. The show focuses on a young journalist named Esra and her encounter with the legendary Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, from where she travels back to 1919. The story is inspired by the non-fiction book of the same name by Charles King, and was created for television by Emre Sahin, Kelly McPherson and Sam Anzel, written by Elif Usman and directed by Emre Sahin. The series is produced by Sarah Wetherbee, Kelly McPherson and Emre Sahin for Karga Seven Pictures.
Canceled by Netflix after a season
Stars line up for BAFTA Cymru
BAFTA’s Welsh Awards ceremony on October 25th will feature a starry lineup of awardees including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Catherine Zeta-Jones (pictured), Katherine Jenkins, Asif Kapadia and George Lucas and Tom Ellis.
Indie Rights Deal for Greatland
EXCLUSIVE: Dana Ziyasheva’s dystopian fantasy feature Greatland, starring Oscar nominee Eric Roberts, has been taken over by Indie Rights. In an imaginary land that has been called the birthplace of love and an endless source of fun, The film tells the story of Ulysses, a rebellious, non-binary teenager on a mission to save his children’s treasure when an absurd choice and a deadly virus wreak havoc and violence. Also starring in the US are Nick Moran (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), JP Manoux (Veep), former boxer Shannon Briggs, genre actor Bill Oberst Jr. (The Devil’s Rejects) and Arman Darbo (And Then I Go) and Chloe Ray Warmoth (Fuller House). Igor Darbo produces.
Abacus hire Hana Palmer
Abacus Media Rights, part of the Amcomri Media Group, has appointed Hana Palmer as its new sales director, as CEO Jonathan Ford announced today. Palmer has been a consultant to AMR since May and currently serves a number of territories including Nordics, Benelux, France, Italy, UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand for AMR. She previously worked at Abacus’ former incarnation, Kew Media Distribution, where she worked in German-speaking Europe, CEE, the Nordic countries and the Benelux countries and sold the documentary Leaving Neverland and Jed Mercurio’s drama Line of Duty. Before that she also worked at Passion Distribution and Mentorn.