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  1. Banijay Italia Brings Don’t Forget the Lyrics to Italy

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    Banijay today announces Italian label Banijay Italia will produce Don’t Forget the Lyrics for NOVE, FTA channel of Discovery Italia.

    Hosted by Gabriele Corsi, the entertainment show makes its comeback with a twist on the classic format. In this new version, three contestants go head-to-head in the hope of winning an ever-growing jackpot, singing everything from fresh new releases to the best of the 80s, along with a live band. When the music and words stop, will they be able to complete the missing lyric? The two contestants that know the words best will go through to the next round. The ‘duel’ between the remaining two will decide the ‘champion,’ who will try to win the jackpot of €5.000 in the final round. Regardless of the amount of money won, the ‘champion’ will return in the following episode.

    Banijay globally represent the format, which was originally created by FOX USA, and has been adapted in over 25 territories, including new markets such as Portugal in 2021. Produced in France by Banijay Production Media with Nagui as the host, Don’t Forget the Lyrics celebrated its 5000th episode in 2021. The entertainment show will also make its US comeback, produced by Bunim Murray Productions (a Banijay company) and Apploff Entertainment.

    Fabrizio Ievolella, CEO of Banijay Italia says: “With Nove onboard and the new battle concept, we’re ready to see the Italian audience sing along to their favourite songs, in this unique show. Having also worked with Gabriele on Deal with It we know he is the perfect fit to host Don’t Forget the Lyrics, the only music game show on Italian TV.”

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds:Don’t Forget the Lyrics is the epitome of fun, light-hearted viewing. It is great to see this format, which is beloved by many, continuing to evolve with this deal in Italy, as well as the US, and the new adaptation in Portugal.”

    Banijay Italia creates high-quality unique programming and has a rich slate of titles including L’isola dei Famosi (Survivor), L’Eredità (The Legacy) and the recent hit series The Ferragnez: The Series for Amazon Prime Video.

  2. On the Edge Drama Anthology Championing Fresh New Talent Returns

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    On The Edge, Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated anthology of (3×30) short films is back for a second series. The films, produced by BlackLight Television, a Banijay Group company, and written and directed by the most exciting new talent in the UK, look at the lives of three diverse characters trying to find their place in the world.

     

    This year, the films focus on three unusual love stories depicting characters and worlds not often seen on British TV. With humour, truthfulness and warmth, the anthology asks: how do we navigate today’s complicated world? How do we share our inner challenges with the ones we love? And how do we form connections despite, or perhaps because of, our differences?

     

    The cast across the anthology include BAFTA winner Jack Rowan (Born to Kill, Peaky Blinders), BAFTA nominated Amanda Redman (New Tricks, The Good Karma Hospital), Michael Socha (This is England ’90, Electric Dreams), Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey, Victoria), Rudi Dharmalingam (The Split, Dark Money), Andi Osho (Kiri, Curfew), Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, In the Club) WhatsOnStage Award winner Jamael Westman (Hamilton) and introducing newcomers India Eva Rae and Juliet Okotie.

     

    On The Edge is developed though the 4Stories initiative, the channel’s commitment to finding brand new diverse talent.

     

    Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4, said: “It’s such a privilege to be able to give a voice to the very best new writing and directing talent in On The Edge, 4Stories. This year’s films have a thrilling, fresh perspective on modern Britain, and are told with heart, humour and utter fearlessness.”

     

    Philip Trethowan, Executive Producer for BlackLight Television, said: “We are delighted to be working with Channel 4 once again to introduce the best new writing and directing talent to the industry. Supporting such exciting and diverse emerging talent is something we are incredibly proud of and it is fantastic that Channel 4 provide the platform to make their voices heard.”

    About the films:

     

    Adulting

    Adulting is a moving story about a neuro-diverse girl and a lost boy. Candice (India Eva Rae) is a young vulnerable woman who desperately wants some independence and has moved into her own flat. Kems (Jack Rowan – Born to Kill) is a young man, down on his luck, sleeping on his mate Olly’s (Michael Socha – This is England ’90) sofa to get away from his alcoholic dad. A chance meeting between the two leads to an intimate friendship, but when Olly calls in a favour, Kems feels under pressure to take advantage of Candice. Have they all underestimated her?

     

    Written by Chinonyerem Odimba and directed by Ash Morris.

     

    For You

     

    For You is a funny and heartbreaking story about mental health. Rev (Rudi Dharmalingam – The Split) and girlfriend Alex (Catherine Steadman – Downton Abbey) are passionately in love but Rev suffers from anxiety and depression which he tries to control with therapy, medication and mindfulness. Things come to a head at Alex’s sister’s wedding weekend when Rev is confronted by her family’s prejudice. Will the pressure be too much to bear? Can Rev and Alex’s relationship survive? And will he ever be able to master a golf swing in front of his father in law? Also stars Amanda Redman (New Tricks) as Alex’s mother.

     

    Written by J C Servante and directed by Stroma Cairns.

     

    BBW

     

    BBW is a funny, vibrant and heartwarming coming of age tale about a young plus-size British Nigerian woman trying to find her voice. Everyone in Remi’s (Juliet Okotie) life thinks they know what she should do. Her father (Jude Akuwudike – Fortitude) wants her forgiveness, her mother (Andi Osho – Kiri) wants her to grow up and get a job, her friends (Paisley Billings – Tattoo Fixers and Rose-Marie Christian) think she’s too trusting of her new man (Jamael Westman – Hamilton). Remi just wants her life to begin but will she ever be able to take control?

     

    Written by Yolanda Mercy and directed by William Stefan Smith.

  3. AMC Greenlights its First Episodic Anthology Series About the Intersection of Love and Science From Will Bridges and Brett Goldstein

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    AMC announced today that it has greenlit a new, yet-to-be-titled original episodic anthology drama created by Emmy-Award winning writer Will Bridges (“Black Mirror,” “Stranger Things”) and Brett Goldstein (“Superbob,” “Adult Life Skills”). Bridges and Goldstein will executive produce with Jolyon Symonds through Fearless Minds, a Banijay Group company (‘Thorne’ series for Sky One, “Complicit”). The Untitled Bridges/Goldstein Project, produced by AMC Studios, will consist of six, hour-long episodes, and is slated for a 2020 debut on AMC.

     

    Each episode of the Untitled Bridges/Goldstein Project will feature an entirely new story and different cast, a first-time format for AMC. The series takes place 15 years from now, when science makes a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a way to find your soul mate. The series uses the sci-fi conceit to tell six provocative stories about the cost of finding true love, all different in tone and featuring a spectrum of people and relationships. Bridges and Goldstein previously created the short film “For Life,” which serves as the basis for this new, original series.

     

    “This is AMC’s first foray into non-serialized story-telling, and we’re trying to do so in the boldest way possible. The show explores how technological innovation can impact the most delicate matters of the heart, and each episode will turn personal life choices into high-stakes drama. It’s a fresh yet relatable idea, portrayed through wildly entertaining tales with unexpected twists, humor, and meaningful emotion,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Will and Brett are immensely talented creators, and we are thrilled to have these new and observant voices on AMC.”

     

    Said Bridges, “I’m thrilled to be working on this show with AMC. To get the opportunity to expand on the short film Brett and I made and tell new stories about how messed up love can make a person is something we’re both very grateful for and extremely excited about.”

     

    Said Goldstein, “I am extremely excited and honoured to make our show about soulmates with AMC, the network responsible for at least two of my favourite shows, one of which I definitely watched legally.”

     

    Will Bridges, Co-Creator/Executive Producer

    Bridges co-wrote the Emmy-winning episode “USS Callister” of “Black Mirror” last season directed by Toby Haynes. He recently staffed on Season 3 of “Stranger Things” for Netflix. Bridges also adapted a feature based on the science fiction short story, “Prize Of Peril,” which is in development with Studio Canal and Grand Electric. He wrote and directed the short film “Shallow,” a thriller starring Dan Stevens.

     

    Brett Goldstein, Co-Creator/Executive Producer

    Goldstein successfully juggles life as an actor, writer, comic and director. He co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed feature film “Superbob” with Catherine Tate. He also co-wrote the three ‘Nan Specials’ that were in the top ten most watched programs in the UK that year.  As an actor, Goldstein won the prestigious 2016 BIFA for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Adult Life Skills” with Jodie Whittaker and can next be seen in the SXSW hit “Wild Honey Pie” alongside Jemima Kirke. His television credits include lead roles in “Hoff The Record,” “Derek,” “Drifters” and “Uncle.” Goldstein stared in the hilarious “The Pact” opposite Sarah Solemani of BBC2. He played a lead role in Whitney Cummings’ HBO pilot “A Lot” and the NBC/WB Bill Lawrence pilot “Spaced Out.”

     

    Jolyon Symonds, Executive Producer

    Jolyon Symonds has previously produced award-winning drama and feature films including: the “Thorne” series for Sky One, the BAFTA-winning drama “Complicit” written by Guy Hibbert for Channel 4, the box office hit “Kevin and Perry Go Large,” and Danny Brocklehurst’s “The Driver” for BBC One.