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‘Planet Earth II,’ ‘The Crown’ Rule Over BAFTA TV Craft Nominations

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BBC wildlife show “Planet Earth II” ruled the factual roost after nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Television Craft Awards were revealed Tuesday, while Netflix’s royal saga “The Crown” courted the most nominations among drama series. “Planet Earth II” nabbed nine nominations, including for editing, original music for a team that… Read more »

Facebook Keeps Copying Snapchat: Adds Camera Filters, 24-Hour Stories, Direct Messages

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Facebook is launching three new features — each popularized by rival Snapchat. Facebook is enhancing its camera app with dozens of filters and effects, including selfie “masks” from six major Hollywood studios to promote current or upcoming releases, a la Snapchat. It’s also launching Facebook Stories, which lets users share photos and videos that stay up… Read more »

TLC to Capture Pivotal Milestones in ‘This Is Life Live’ Special (EXCLUSIVE)

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TLC cameras will capture genuine, on-the-spot reactions to major moments in families’ lives in the new special “This Is Life Live,” Variety has learned exclusively. The four-night event will follow people in real time as they experience some of the most profound, life-changing moments they have ever known. Premiering April 23 at 10 p.m., each episode… Read more »

Haut et Court TV, ‘False Flag’ Co-Creator Team on ‘Fertile Crescent’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Haut et Court TV, the French outfit behind “The Young Pope,””The Last Panthers” and the original “The Returned,” is teaming with Eitan Mansuri’s Israel-Based Spiro Films and “False Flag”‘s co-creator Maria Feldman on “Fertile Crescent,” a politically-minded series weaving family drama and spy thriller. Feldman, whose “False Flag” marked Fox Intl. Channels’s first foreign-language series… Read more »

MipTV: Filmax Develops Pau Freixas Dramedy ‘Welcome To The Family’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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BARCELONA– Julio Fernández’s Barcelona-based Filmax Ent. is developing its next big TV play, the 13-hour TV series “Welcome to the Family,” which will be presented at next week’s MipTV to potential buyers and co-production partners. Negotiations with a Spanish broadcaster to co-produce “Welcome to the Family” are under way. A choral dramedy, “Family” centers on… Read more »

Joanne Froggatt Thriller ‘Liar’ Picked Up by France’s TF1

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French commercial broadcaster TF1 has picked up “Liar,” a thriller series from the creators of BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated “The Missing.” The show stars “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt. TF1 also acquired contemporary drama series “Innocent.” The pre-sales were inked by All3Media Intl. “Liar,” which has been ordered by Britain’s ITV and the U.S.’s SundanceTV, is written… Read more »

MipTV: Millimages Picks Up International Rights to G&G’s ‘Kemy’

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In the run-up to Mip-TV, Paris-based animation producer-distributor Millimages has picked-up international rights to “Kemy Expedition,” produced by G&G, an animation company based in Seoul, and with offices in Japan, known by its anime productions such as “Kaleido Star,” co-produced with Japanese toon house Gonzo. A 52-part short-format edutainment show, “Kemy Expedition” centers on Kemy,… Read more »

‘Berlin Station’ Extends Reach to Nordic Region, Spain, Italy

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Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s contemporary spy drama “Berlin Station” has been sold to several additional European countries, Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing and Distribution revealed Tuesday. The show has been picked up by on-demand platform TIM for Italy; HBO Nordic for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland; and HBO Espana in Spain. The series has been… Read more »

‘Sincronia,’ ‘PSI,’ ‘Cockfighter,’ ‘Guerra de Idolos,’ Featured At MipDrama Latam Screenings (EXCLUSIVE)

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Televisa’s “Sincronía,” HBO Latin America’s “PSI,” Telefe’s “The Cockfighter” and Telemundo’s “Guerra de Idolos” feature at The Wit’s first MipDrama Latam Screenings, a 90-minute showcase focus that parts the veil on the new face of Latin American fiction. “The aim of these Screenings is to show the new or next face or phase of the… Read more »

‘Humans’ Renewed for Season 3 at AMC, Channel 4

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“Humans” has been renewed for Season 3 at AMC and Channel 4, Variety has learned. The series will return with eight new episodes in 2018. Production will begin in this fall with key cast members set to return. Set in a parallel present, the series explores what happens when the line between human and machine becomes blurred as… Read more »