In today’s Global Bulletin, Netflix reveals first look images from “Money Heist” Part Five; the second season of BritBox U.K.’s “The Beast Must Die” is being developed; Key Buyers Event: Digital introduces co-production forum; Entertainment One’s Kate Morton to join BBC Children’s; and free streamer Pluto TV expands deal with LG Electronics.
Netflix has released several first look images from the hotly anticipated fifth and final season of “Money Heist,” also known as “La casa de papel.”
Netflix describes the season thus: “The gang has been shut in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours. They have managed to rescue Lisbon, but their darkest moment is upon them after losing one of their own. The Professor has been captured by Sierra and, for the first time, doesn’t have an escape plan. Just when it seems like nothing else could go wrong, an enemy comes on the scene that is much more powerful than any they’ve faced: the army. The end of the greatest heist in history is approaching, and what began as a robbery will turn into a war.”
The images reveal the chaos both inside and outside of the Bank of Spain; with the Professor caught off guard after Sierra finds his hideout and with Lisbon now safely inside the bank. The Gang must bring out its toughest side to survive, fuelled by anguish, more weapons and the desperation of not having a plan.
The series is created by Álex Pina and produced by Vancouver Media, a television production company founded by Pina, which has also developed “Heist,” “The Pier,” and “White Lines,” with “Sky Rojo” its newest addition.
The final part of “Money Heist” will be divided into two volumes, to be released on Sept. 3 and Dec. 3.
“Money Heist” Part Five features an astonishing cast of Spanish superstars returning to the show, led by Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Esther Acebo, Enrique Arce, Darko Peric, Hovik Keuchkerian, Luka Peros, Belén Cuesta, Fernando Cayo, Rodrigo de la Serna, Najwa Nimri and José Manuel Poga. Part Five also sees the addition of Miguel Ángel Silvestre (“Sky Rojo,” “30 Coins”) and Spanish Academy Award-nominee Patrick Criado (“La gran familia española,” “Vivir sin permiso”).
New Regency Television and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free are developing “A Sword in my Bones,” the second season of BritBox U.K. original scripted drama “The Beast Must Die.” The first season launched May 27 and became the best performing launch of 2021 for the streamer.
Based on a novel by Cecil-Day Lewis, and adapted by Gaby Chiappe, the first season was set on the Isle of Wight and followed a mother, played by Cush Jumbo (“The Good Wife”), who is intent on avenging her six-year-old son’s death. The troubled yet brilliant Detective Strangeways, played by Billy Howle (“The Serpent”), has to unpick this web of tragedy.
The Detective Strangeways character will return for the second season, which is based on an original story created by Chiappe, with Howle mooted to return in the role.
Roskino and When East Meets West have introduced WEMW Goes to Russia, a new international co-production forum which takes place during the upcoming Key Buyers Event: Digital which runs from June 8-10 with three additional days of screenings and matchmaking.
The forum will feature 17 projects from Russia and nine international projects hailing from eight countries. The selected global teams will have the opportunity to meet leading Russian producers, find the possible right partners and access a minority co-production support granted by the Russian Ministry of Culture, which traditionally amounts to RUB 10 million ($136,000).
Kate Morton, currently content strategy director of family brands at Entertainment One, will join BBC Children’s as head of commissioning and acquisitions for the 0-6s age group, reporting into Patricia Hidalgo, director, BBC children’s and education.
Morton has overseen several successful kid’s titles including “Peppa Pig,” “PJ Masks,” “Ricky Zoom,” “My Little Pony,” “Transformers” and “Power Rangers.”
Morton’s new role will see her lead on all BBC pre-school programming and be be responsible for all commissions and acquisitions.
Before joining Entertainment One Morton spent 12 years at The Walt Disney Company where she worked on programming, acquisitions, commissions and creative strategy for Disney Junior and Disney Channels.
Free streaming service Pluto TV and LG Electronics have expanded their partnership to offer Pluto TV channels on all 2016 to 2021 model LG TVs running webOS in select European markets. The service is already available in the U.K. and Germany, and is now accessible in France and Spain.
A curated list of over 100 Pluto TV channels will be available on the LG Channels service later this year across France, Spain, Germany and the U.K.