Screenrights’ Simon Lake resigns
Simon Lake, CEO of Australian non-profit audiovisual copyright society Screenrights, has resigned from his post in order to “address a serious health issue,” according to Screenrights chair Jill Bryant.
Lake served for two decades as leader of the organization, which, in the last year, has paid over AUS$40 million to rightsholders, with over 4,000 members in 60 countries.
“On behalf of the board, management and staff, I wish Simon well for his recovery and thank him wholeheartedly for his tremendous leadership of the company and all the significant achievements of the past 20 years,” said Bryant in a statement. “Simon has driven Screenrights to become an important part of the Australian and New Zealand production industry supporting the development of film and television and advocating for a strong copyright environment for our members. At the same time, Screenrights is at the forefront of promoting access to audio-visual content for users.”
“I leave Screenrights confident in the future of the organization,” added Lake. “Screenrights is a successful and unique organization and it is in very safe hands with a strong board and outstanding management and staff. I wish it every success.”
Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia, said: “In his time at Screenrights, Simon led and grew a successful organization through a period of significant change. He defended the screen industry’s copyright and worked hard to ensure a strong copyright environment for SPA’s members to exploit their creative endeavors. The screen industry is grateful for Simon’s leadership and courage. We wish him well in his recovery.”
The board has named GM James Dickinson as its acting chief executive.
Denmark takes All Together Now
Endemol Shine Group’s entertainment format All Together Now is entering its seventh territory via a commission from Discovery in Denmark.
Endemol Shine Nordics will handle production of the local Danish version of the competitive talent series, which will air under the English title.
Created by Endemol Shine UK company Remarkable Television, the series launched on BBC One in January and has been renewed for a second season, and has since traveled to Australia, France, Germany, Poland and Brazil.
“All Together Now is proving that it’s most definitely not a one hit wonder and a totally unstoppable format,” said Lisa Perrin, CEO of Endemol Shine Group’s Creative Networks division, in a statement. “It has been a huge ratings success in the markets in which it has launched so far and we have no doubt that it will continue with the same gusto across further territories. With seven countries now signed up, and more in the pipeline, we look forward to taking the show to MIPCOM 2018.”
In the format, solo or group singers perform before “The 100,” an audience comprised of talented singers. If the panel likes what they hear, they can join in and sing along. The greater the number that joins in, the higher the performer’s score and the closer they are to being crowned winner.
UKTV preps Bangers & Cash
UK multichannel operator UKTV has commissioned a 10 x 60-minute series following the action at vintage auto restoration shop Mathewsons.
Bangers & Cash takes a close look at the family-run business as the team works to restore forgotten autos before sending them off to auction.
The series was ordered for Yesterday by UKTV director of commissioning, Richard Watsham and UKTV genre general manager for comedy & entertainment, Steve North. It is produced by Air Television with Andy Joynson as executive producer. Natalie Rose will executive produce for UKTV.
Bangers & Cash will air on Yesterday in 2019 and will also be available via on demand service UKTV Play.
“Following their previous commissions for Really, and W we are thrilled to be working with Air Television again, this time for Yesterday,” said Watsham in a statement. “The fact we were not particularly looking to commission for Yesterday speaks volumes for our belief in this program and the quality of Air Television’s output. It feels like a perfect fit for Yesterday.”