Netflix Collaborates with BBC1’s Champion
As a co-producer, Netflix has joined the Candice Carty-Williams drama Champion on BBC1.
The first TV project from the author of Queenie has been picked up by The SVoD, and original series managers Alice Pearse and Tom Lyons are in charge of it.
Déja J. Bowens, Malcolm Kamulete (Top Boy, Ill Manors), Ray BLK (also making her TV debut), Nadine Marshall (Sherwood, Small Axe), Ray Fearon (His Dark Materials, Beauty and the Beast), and Jo Martin will all appear in it (Doctor Who, Top Boy).
Rapper Bosco Champion, who was set to rule the music world when he returned home from prison, is eclipsed by his younger sister Vita in the story of what happens when fame and family clash.
The show, according to Carty-Williams, is a celebration of black music.
Nina Goswami leaves BBC after more than ten years and enters the legal field.
Nina Goswami, the BBC’s creative diversity lead, has left the organisation after 13 years to work in law, where she will continue to promote diversity and inclusion.
Goswami has been in charge of the pan-BBC 50:50 Project since it was launched in 2019 with the goal of achieving an equal representation of male and female contributors in BBC programming.
In 2020, it was expanded to include more black, Asian, and minority ethnic and disabled persons onscreen.
Within three years, it resulted in a two-fold increase in the number of BBC teams signing up, and this year, almost half (53%) of those teams achieved their disability goals.
She assisted BBC News in making sure it more accurately reflected the globe as the organization’s creative diversity lead and served as an editor of its national TV bulletins.
Goswami is the fourth woman of colour to quit the creative diversity team, including senior creative diversity lead for content Jackie Christie, diversity lead Miranda Wayland, who joined Amazon, and director of creative diversity June Sarpong.
In August, she will become the first head of inclusion for the UK at a major law firm.
H.E.R., the singer-songwriter, will play Belle in the hybrid live-action and animation special “Beauty and the Beast” on ABC.
The beloved Disney Princess Belle will be portrayed by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R in the upcoming ABC animated and live-action mixed special Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, which is executive produced by Jon M. Chu and directed by Hamish Hamilton.
With never-before-seen live musical performances paying respect to the classic novel as well as brand-new sets and costumes inspired by the book, the R&B sensation will guide spectators into the world of Belle.
With H.E.R., Belle will be portrayed by an Afro-Filipina woman for the first time ever.
Working Title’s Sally El Hosaini refugee drama “The Swimmers” will launch TIFF.
The Swimmers by Sally El Hosaini, a refugee drama from Netflix and Working Title, will debut at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), giving the streaming service its second opening-night spot of the forthcoming fall festival season.
El Hosaini, a 2009 Screen Star of Tomorrow, co-wrote the screenplay with Jack Thorne based on a true story about two young sisters making the perilous journey from war-torn Syria to compete as swimmers at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This film is the long-awaited sequel to El Hosaini’s 2012 drama My Brother the Devil.
The cast includes Elmi Rashid Elmi, Manal Issa, Nathalie Issa, Ahmed Malek, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ali Suliman, Kinda Alloush, and Nathalie Issa. Producing alongside Ali Jaafar, Tim Cole, and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, with Stephen Daldry serving as executive producer.
The Woman King starring Viola Davis, Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, and Lena Dunham’s adventure comedy Catherine Called Birdy are among the previously revealed TIFF world premieres for the upcoming edition. The 47th TIFF runs from September 8-18.