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BritBox takes John Lennon doc; “Carpool Karaoke” drives home with Creative Arts Emmy

Abacus Media Rights sells Lennon’s Last Weekend BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, has acquired the North American rights to the hour-long documentary Lennon’s Last Weekend from Abacus ...
September 16, 2020

Abacus Media Rights sells Lennon’s Last Weekend

BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, has acquired the North American rights to the hour-long documentary Lennon’s Last Weekend from Abacus Media Rights.

Produced by MGM Studios for Sky Arts UK, the film features the last in-person interview John Lennon (pictured) gave in December of 1980, the day before The Beatles singer was assassinated.

With a new album to promote, Double Fantasy with Yoko Ono, Lennon sat down and spoke candidly to BBC Radio One D.J. Andy Peebles about everything from The Beatles’ break-up, to working with fellow music legends, producing solo albums and life in New York.

Lennon’s Last Weekend, directed by Brian Grant and produced by Scott Millaney, will premiere on BritBox in December to mark the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s death.

Abacus Media Rights has also sold the documentary to SBS (Australia), DR (Denmark), Movistar+ (Spain) and TV4 (Sweden).

Carpool Karaoke: The Series wins at 2020 Creative Arts Emmys

Apple TV’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series took home the award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series at the second night of the Television Academy’s 2020 Creative Arts Emmys.

Held Tuesday (Sept. 16), the ceremony recognized artists and craftspeople across variety programming.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series is executive produced by Ben Winston and James Cordon. David Young is co-executive producer, and Sheila Rogers is supervising producer.

Diana Miller and Blake Webster serve as producers.

Hosted by Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), the first of this year’s five Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies recognized artists and craftspeople in the categories of reality and non-fiction, with Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s Oscar-winning documentary American Factory, A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Netflix’s Queer Eye securing wins.

Pier 21 Films bolsters development team

Toronto-headquartered Pier 21 Films has appointed former CBC executive Karen Tsang to the role of VP of development and promoted Bill Lundy to SVP of development.

Reporting to Pier 21 Films’ chief operating officer Nicole Butler, both Lundy and Tsang will work across scripted and unscripted, collaborating on the company’s slate of development projects as well as expanding its reach for developing new IP while continuing to grow relationships with networks in Canada and internationally.

Before joining Pier 21 Films, Tsang spent eight years working in scripted content at the CBC, most recently serving as executive in charge of production, comedy.

Lundy joined Pier 21 Films in 2018 as VP of development. Previously, he worked at Bell Media developing and producing comedic series for the broadcaster.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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