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BBC Four Editor Cassian Harrison has announced the acquisition of the 10-part thriller series Cordon about the discovery of a deadly virus which brings out the very best of the people trapped inside… but also the very worst. Produced by Eyeworks for commercial broadcaster vtm, Cordon is BBC Four's second drama acquisition from Flanders following bank-heist drama Salamander.
In Cordon, everyday life in the centre of Antwerp comes to a sudden halt when the area is sealed off from the outside world. The cause is a deadly virus which spreads like wildfire. The people trapped inside the cordon are suddenly left to their own devices. It brings out the very best in them, but also the worst…
Eight Flemish animation projects and two co-productions with Flanders are to be presented at next month’s Cartoon Forum, Europe’s prime TV pitching event. Taking place from 23 till 26 September in Toulouse, Cartoon Forum brings together some 850 participants from 30 countries.
Over 80 TV projects were selected for Cartoon Forum’s upcoming edition, where animation producers can find cross-border partners and speed up financial arrangements. At the core of the event are the pitching sessions: each project is presented in 30 minutes to all potential partners.
The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series co-produced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders, has been nominated for four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Miniseries, Music Composition (John Lunn), Costumes and Hairstyling. The series was the first project ever to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.
Recognizing excellence in the television industry, the Emmy Awards are for television what the Academy Awards are for film. The 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on 25 August in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Last year, the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End, also a co-production with Flanders, was nominated in five categories.
Animated series Plankton Invasion by Joeri Christiaen, Tim Van Aelst’s sitcom Safety First, The Perfect Couple by Flemish production company deMENSEN and the BBC drama series The Fall, directed by Flemish helmer Jakob Verbruggen, are amongst the nominees for this year’s Rockie Awards, presented at the Banff World Media Festival (8-11 June).
Plankton Invasion zooms in on a team of miniscule marine creatures, plankton, who are in need of more space – or water – and therefore concoct a plan to take over the world.
Flanders’s prestigious new drama series Cordon has been selected for the competitive World Series section at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris (22-30 April), organised for the fifth time by the Forum des Images. The professional programme also includes the crime series De Ridder. Both series were produced by Eyeworks.
The World Series showcase offers the Parisian public a collection of TV series which excel in creativity, craftsmanship and originality. For the fifth edition of Séries Mania, Flemish drama series Cordon also formed part of the public programme.
Wendy Morris’ short film Heir to the Evangelical Revival is selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (9 – 14 June). Two children’s series co-produced in Flanders are to be presented too, just like the Christmas Special of A Town Called Panic and work by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.
The festival has added Heir to the Evangelical Revival to the line-up of its Short Film Competition. Drawn by hand, Wendy Morris’ animation short is a commentary on the Evangelical Revival in South Africa through the eyes of the director herself who’s an atheist-apostate-agnostic.
Flemish crime series De Ridder is part of the official competition at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA, 21-26 January) in Biarritz. Also to be seen at FIPA, commemorating the Great War with a special section, is documentary series At War. As previously announced, helmer Jan Matthys will be presented with the EuroFIPA of Honor for his entire works, followed by a screening of an episode of his upcoming war series In Flanders Fields.
For its 27th edition, the official competition of the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs covers ten fiction series, De Ridder being one of them. The Flemish crime series is surrounded by international hits as BBC’s Peaky Blinders or the American Hostages.
Flemish director Jan Matthys is to receive the EuroFIPA of Honor at the upcoming International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA), which takes place from 21-26 January in Biarritz. Matthys will be presented with the award for his entire body of work, including his latest prestigious war series In Flanders Fields, an episode of which will be shown in Biarritz.
For its 27th edition FIPA decided to present its EuroFIPA of Honor to Flemish helmer Jan Matthys, who is no unknown at the festival. In 2009, his prestigious series The Emperor of Taste scooped three FIPA d’Or prizes in Biarritz.
Flemish director Hans Herbots has been honoured as Best Director of a TV Series at the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu, China (16-18 November). Herbots received the Golden Panda Award for his work on drama series The Divine Monster.
Herbots was one of five nominees in the category for Best Director of a TV Series, competing against international heavyweights such as Brian Percival who directed several episodes of British drama series Downton Abbey.
A&E is preparing an American remake of Belgian hit series Clan, a dark comedy in which the Murphy sisters come up with various schemes to kill their unbearable brother-in-law. Steve Blackman (Private Practive, Bones) will write and executive produce.
Clan is all about the Goethals sisters who are to become the Murphy sisters in the American remake. Tied together by the premature death of their parents, they’ve clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth sister’s marriage the bond has frayed.