Disney Plus will launch the first three episodes of DC Comics’ much-anticipated series adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” on Sept. 22 in the U.K. via its Star offering for adults, with new episodes made available each Wednesday thereafter. Adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, “Y: The Last Man” unspools in a post-apocalyptic world where all mammals with a Y chromosome die in a mysterious event, save one cis man and his monkey.
The female-led series headlines Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Ashley Romans (“Shameless”), Ben Schnetzer (“The Book Thief”), Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”), Amber Tamblyn (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), Marin Ireland (“Homeland”), Diana Bang (“The Baby-Sitters Club”), Elliot Fletcher (“Shameless”) and Juliana Canfield (“Succession”). Each episode is directed by a woman, and the production featured a significant number of women in key roles such as DPs, production designers, costume designers, editors, stunt coordinators and more.
Eliza Clark developed the IP for TV and serves as showrunner. She also executive produces with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, and creators Vaughan and Guerra. The series is produced by FX Productions.
Indie documentary distribution company TVF International, a division of TVF Media, has shaken up its senior leadership structure with two new promotions and several new hires. Lindsey Ayotte was promoted to head of strategic development and will lead TVF International, handling sales with North American and U.K. clients. Will Stapley is promoted to head of acquisitions and partnerships and will lead a team of five executives based in TVF’s London offices. The company also made two new hires in Colette Webber and Daniyal Bari, who will fill junior sales roles which have been made necessary after a year of growth at TVF. The promotions and hires were made following the announcement that Harriet Armston-Clarke will step down as company director after four years in charge, a period which saw the company doubled its revenues.
All3Media Germany has appointed Taco Rijssemus as its new CEO, with the executive also set to continue his work leading All3Media’s Dutch companies, idtv and ICP, as well as running All3Media in Belgium. The announcement of Rijssemus’ appointment came as Markus Schäfer, All3Media’s CEO in Germany since 2015, has decided to step down. Rijssemus will assume the new role on Sept. 1, leading All3Media’s German production companies including filmpool entertainment, filmpool fiction, The Fiction Syndicate, south & browse, Tower Productions, Bon Voyage Films, and digital business Little Dot Studios.