Talent agent William Morris is aggressively pursuing foreign formats.
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Andrew Newman, entertainment chief at Five, confirmed Friday he is ankling the U.K. commercial web to return to rival Channel 4 as a senior entertainment exec.
Independent films made in British Columbia took most of the main prizes at the Vancouver Intl. Film Festival, which ended its 16-day run over the weekend.
Kevin Macdonald’s feature “Touching the Void,” about a climb gone wrong in the Peruvian Andes, will highlight the 2003 Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Philip Livingstone, who was instrumental in the worldwide launch of the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” franchise, has been tapped executive director, worldwide formats, at Sony Pictures Television Intl.
Chrysalis Distribution has licensed various episodes of its long-running crime thriller series “Midsomer Murders” to broadcasters at Mipcom. France 3 is taking series seven and eight of the strand while South Africa’s SABC has acquired seven episodes from series five and six. A&E is acquiring series six.
FremantleMedia has acquired Aussie TV producer Crackerjack, which was founded 10 years ago by brothers Mark and Carl Fennessy.
Clint’s box office river ran deep, if not wide. Warner Bros. enjoyed a boffo limited bow with the Clint Eastwood-helmed drama “Mystic River” this weekend, grossing an estimated $591,390 from 13 theaters.
Comarex, the worldwide distribution company for Mexico’s TV Azteca, has signed up to handle the product of Italian TV giant Mediaset in the Spanish-speaking U.S. and Latin America, excluding Brazil.
There are still billions to be made from DVD sales — that was the common verdict at the “DVD: Delve Into the Revenue Potential” conference held at the Mipcom programming mart.
Warners has inked an extensive deal with Germany’s RTL 2 for its Kids’ WB programming block.