Channel 4 will launch its pay movie channel FilmFour on Nov. 1, when it also will simulcast the entire first-night schedule on its terrestrial web.
London-based Winchester Films has picked up three U.S. indie pics for worldwide sale: Nick Searcy's "Paradise Falls," Laurence O'Neill's "Throwing Down" and John Shea's "Southie."
Emma Clarke has resigned as the London-based VP of production and acquisitions for Fine Line Features.
Amy Jenkins, the hot British screenwriter whose debut movie "Elephant Juice" is being produced by HAL Films, has struck a $1 million publishing deal with Hodder & Stoughton for her first two novels.
Several leading U.K.-based film sales agents have banded together to launch Film Export U.K., a trade body to promote the export of British films.
Duckworth Publishers, the 100-year-old London literary house, is launching a film development division, Drake Films.
After borrowing a few comedy concepts from the Brits, the Carsey-Werner Co. is reaching across the pond to give something back.
On Digital, the U.K.'s digital terrestrial TV platform, has confirmed that it will launch Nov. 15, with £90 million ($150 million) earmarked for marketing and consumer support in its first year.
Goldwyn Films, the London-based specialized arm of MGM, has signed a deal to handle international sales for selected films from Pathe Pictures, the U.K. lottery franchise.
Michael Winterbottom is starting principal photography today on his latest pic, currently untitled, with backing from Polygram Filmed Entertainment and BBC Films.
Rupert Murdoch is "increasingly unlikely" to be involved as a partner alongside Mediaset and Saudi prince al Waleed ben Talal in the restructuring of the Kirch Group, according to a senior Kirch exec.