Andrea Wong joins TRX advisory board
Global online-deal-making tool for TV rights TRX (The RightsXchange) has appointed former Sony Pictures executive Andrea Wong to its advisory board.
Wong was most recently president of international production for Sony Pictures Television and president of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment, before exiting the company in February of this year. Based in London, she had been responsible for overseeing Sony Pictures Television’s portfolio of international production companies.
Wong now joins other leading media industry figures on the board including Studio Lambert CEO Stephen Lambert and Pact chief executive John McVay.
She also serves on the main boards of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation and the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Prior to Sony, Wong served as president and CEO of Lifetime Networks, managing the operations of Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital.
Launched by former Zodiak Media bosses David Frank and Matthew Frank in 2015, TRX provides TV rights buyers and sellers globally with an online platform to connect and complete licensing deals, allowing distributors to reach buyers in new international markets, who are then able to access British, American and other TV rights that were difficult to obtain beforehand.
TRX is now available to all buyers and sellers worldwide, having launched globally last month.
HGTV readies Restored by the Fords
Scripps Networks Interactive-owned network HGTV is gearing up to follow siblings Leanne and Steve Ford as they revive dilapidated Pittsburgh-area homes.
Restored by the Fords follows interior designer Leanne as she reimagines dated floorplans to create dream homes for families in the Steel City, while brother and licensed contractor Steve executes on her vision to maximize the charm and functionality of each neglected property.
The High Noon Entertainment-produced home renovation series premieres Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.
Sarah Presta is executive producer.
BBC2 doc to celebrate Michael Palin
Director Samantha Peters’ Michael Palin: A Life on Screen will make its way to British pubcaster BBC2 in the New Year.
Produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment, in partnership with BAFTA Productions, the in-depth special will celebrate the life and career of the BAFTA-winning comedian, actor, writer and television presenter.
The hour-long television event will also feature interviews and candid stories from some of Palin’s closest colleagues and friends, including John Cleese, David Jason and Connie Booth.
Palin’s writing and acting credits include Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda and GBH. He has also presented a host of critically-acclaimed travel documentaries, including BAFTA-winning programs Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure and Sahara, as well asarts documentary Michael Palin and the Mystery of Hammershoi.
Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick will step in May 2019
Festival director Dieter Kosslick (pictured) will not renew his contract as head of The Berlin International Film Festival when it comes to an end on May 31, 2019.
German Culture Minister Monika Grütters is tasked with selecting the next director of Berlinale.
A group of 79 German directors published an open letter last week in German news publication Der Spiegel about their concern over the festival’s future.
“We suggest that an international gender equality commission be set up. The aim must be to find an outstanding curatorial personality who is passionate about cinema, well connected worldwide and capable of bringing the festival on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice into the future a transparent procedure and a new beginning,” reads the letter.
In response, Kosslick said “I can understand that these directors want transparency when it comes to the process of reforming the Berlinale. Its future is a matter of great importance for all us. Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Prof. Monika Grütters will be in charge of any proceedings.”
He added that the Supervisory Board had asked him to submit a proposal for the potential restructuring of the festival which Kosslick agreed to undertake.