Beyond Distribution sends Trauma to More 4.
Beyond Distribution has licensed the observational medical docuseries to Channel 4′s free-to-air television channel More 4 in the UK.
Trauma (pictured; 4 x 60 minutes) follows the ups and downs of life in some of Ireland’s largest trauma centers. The series follows the progress of several patients and features hospital staff who open up about working in a high-stakes environment. Patients and their families also share their first-hand experiences of the trauma ward.
Produced by Dublin-based Indiepics, Trauma was originally commissioned by Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE, airing on both RTE 1 and RTE 2.
UKTV’s Gold readies Morecambe & Wise docuseries
UKTV’s comedy channel Gold is prepping a docuseries about iconic English comic double act Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise’s attempt to break America over the course of five years in the 1960s.
Morecambe & Wise in America (3 x 60 minutes) will be hosted by English television presenter Jonathan Ross as he examines the duo’s dynamic behind the scenes, with contributions from family and colleagues, and the famous faces that worked alongside them, including Glenda Jackson and Nicholas Parsons.
The series looks at the untold story of Morecambe and Wise’s attempt to make it in the States in the ’60s. The project will include never-before-seen footage on British television, along with the duos own photographs, home movies and memorabilia from that era.
Morecambe & Wise in America is produced by Double Yellow in association with SOFA Entertainment, and executive produced by Mark Wells of Double Yellow and Andrew Solt of SOFA Entertainment.
The docuseries is commissioned for UKTV by Joe McVey, commissioning editor, and ordered for Gold by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, UKTV’s genre GM for comedy and entertainment.
Morecambe & Wise in America will air on Gold this December.
Naomi Kawase to direct official 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games film
Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase has been appointed to direct the official film of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
For each edition of the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the Games reviews proposals from the host nation’s top filmmakers to direct the film.
Kawase was chosen for her proposal “which reflects a nuanced understanding of Japanese culture and Olympic values, as well as for her strong track record and outstanding international recognition.”
Kawase’s work has garnered numerous awards at international film festivals, including being the youngest director to receive the Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival with her 1997 debut feature, Suzaku.
She will be the fifth woman to direct an official Olympic film, following Caroline Rowland (London 2012), Gu Jun (Beijing 2008), Mai Zetterling (filmed segments of the Munich 1972 documentary), and Leni Riefenstahl (Berlin 1936).
Previous docs created for past Olympic Games held in Japan include Tokyo 1964 (Kon Ichikawa), Sapporo 1972 (Masahiro Shinoda), and Nagano 1998 (Bud Greenspan).