Cineflix Rights has presold Helium’s ten-part Australian crime drama “Last King of The Cross” to Sky. Starring Tim Roth, the series will air exclusively in all Sky territories in Italy, the UK, Ireland and Germany, the company has announced.
Inspired by John Ibrahim’s best-selling autobiography, which follows his rise from a poverty-stricken immigrant to Australia’s nightclub kingpin, “Last King of The Cross” tells the story of two brothers who lose each other in their ascent to power.
Set in Sydney’s Kings Cross in the 1980s and 1990s, the cast includes Lincoln Younes (“Grand Hotel,” “Tangle”), Claude Jabbour (“Eden,” “Stateless”), and Callan Mulvey (“300: Rise of an Empire”). Cineflix Rights is the exclusive international distribution partner.
Atresmedia Televisión has acquired rights to the word-guessing gameshow “Password” at Mipcom. The new adaptation of the format will be produced locally by Fremantle Spain. The format is a highlight in Fremantle’s entertainment slate at the market.
“Password” was previously revived in the U.S. by NBC, starring Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Keke Palmer. The refreshed series launched as the most-watched new unscripted series premiere of the summer, across the U.S. broadcast networks.
STEVE JONES GOES BEYOND
Seasoned television executive Steve Jones has joined Beyond Rights’ London-based team to fill the newly created role, as SVP of development. His brief is to develop original ideas for returnable, popular factual series that meet demand in the market. Jones has worked in the U.K. and Australia in a range of high-profile positions, including commissioning editor and executive producer, entertainment and factual, at Sky 1; executive producer, factual and factual entertainment at Discovery Networks Europe; development executive and series producer at CJZ Productions; and executive producer and development executive at Endemol Southern Star. He also co-founded Big Little Fish Television in 2019, the U.K. indie he co-ran for more than two years.
RETURN TO SPACE
Australia’s SLR Productions has announced production on season two of the award-winning original CGI animated series, “space Nova” for ABC ME. The 15 x 22-minute season has received significant production funding from both Screen Australia and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation as well as development funding from ABC ME and Create NSW. “space Nova” will be co-produced with Giggle Garage in Malaysia and distributed internationally by ZDF Studios, with ACTF representing the series across Australia and New Zealand. Targeting a six- to ten-year-old Global audience, the first season sold to broadcasters or streamers in Germany, the U.K., Norway, Finland, Sweden, Poland, the U.S, Singapore, East Asia, Indonesia, and Brazil.
SLR gives the logline as: “On the brink of their greatest mission ever – travelling to the incredible Stardustian’s planet – the Novas’ ship is almost destroyed, throwing them off course and stranding their new friend Ziggy in parts unknown. Now, to find Ziggy and unravel a ‘universal imbalance’, the Novas will have to challenge everything they thought they knew about space: see the unseeable, know the unknow-able, and find the unfindable.”
LION’S LAST ROAR
Zee Plus, the co-production and development arm of India’s Zee entertainment Enterprises Ltd., has announced “The Lion’s Last Roar,” as its latest co-production with the U.K.’s Talesmith. The series, to be distributed internationally by TVF, is currently in production and will be available in March 2023. The premium documentary two-parter is filmed in 4K and explores topic of lion conservation. India is the only country outside Africa where lions live wild, but their numbers have collapsed. Zee Plus and Talesmith previously partnered on “Life of Earth: From Space” and “Life of Earth: The Age of Humans,” for Zee entertainment and Smithsonian Networks.
“The New Abolitionists,” a documentary film by Christina Zorich, will kick off its Oscar-qualifying run on Friday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica. The film tracks Zorich’s journey as she follows committed abolitionists, Christian ministries and NGOs, throughout Southeast Asia as they attempt to put an end to human sex trafficking in Cambodia and Thailand. The film is presented as part of “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World,” a selection of films and documentaries that raise awareness of important social issues, founded by Katharine Kramer.
Singapore’s Asia TV Forum and Market is to launch two pitching sessions, one in partnership with streamer Vidio, looking at the Indonesian market, the other with Warner Bros. Discovery in search for drama concepts for the Thai market. Finalists of both pitches will get to pitch their ideas to industry veterans during the ATF (Dec. 7 to 9, 2022) at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, as part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority. The market has previously announced other pitching sessions covering animation, formats, Chinese content and an IP accelerator.
Originally published at variety.com