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Nena Rodrigue Named TV President at Rian Johnson’s T-Street

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Nena Rodrigue Named TV President at Rian Johnson’s T-Street
Rian Johnson’s T-Street indie studio has named Nena Rodrigue as its president of television, giving her creative oversight of all TV projects.

T-Street is led by Johnson and producer Ram Bergman.

Rodrigue was most recently executive vice president of programming and production for BBC America and worked closely on series like “Killing Eve” and “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” Prior to her time at BBC America, Rodrigue served as senior vice president of programming and production for AMC Networks’ Sundance TV, overseeing development and production of “Rectify,” “The Returned” and “The Honourable Woman.”

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“We are super excited to have Nena join our team,” Johnson and Bergman said. “Her proven track record overseeing high-quality content, keen eye for artistic vision, and support
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Nena Rodrigue Named President of Television at Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman’s T-Street

  • Variety
T-Street, the recently formed independent studio launched by writer-director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman, has tapped Nena Rodrigue to be president of television. She will executive produce and have creative oversight of all TV projects at the studio.

“We are super excited to have Nena join our team,” said Johnson and Bergman in a joint statement. “Her proven track record overseeing high-quality content, keen eye for artistic vision, and support for budding creators will help T-Street as we continue to grow the company.”

Rodrigue was most recently executive vice president of programming and production for BBC America, where she steered its scripted television efforts in a new direction in the wake of its merger with AMC Networks, and commissioned and worked closely on “Killing Eve” and “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” Prior to her time at BBC America, Rodrigue served as senior VP of programming and production for Sundance TV under AMC Networks,
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‘The Spanish Princess’: Ray Stevenson, Sai Bennett, Andrew Buchan & Peter Egan Join Cast For Final Episodes

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‘The Spanish Princess’: Ray Stevenson, Sai Bennett, Andrew Buchan & Peter Egan Join Cast For Final Episodes
Ray Stevenson, Sai Bennett, Andrew Buchan and Peter Egan have joined the cast of Starz’s The Spanish Princess, as production begins on the final eight episodes of the limited series. Shooting takes place on location and in The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol, UK.

They join returning leads Charlotte Hope and Ruairi O’Connor reprising their roles as the ruling couple Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. Other key cast also returning are Stephanie Levi-John, Georgie Henley and Laura Carmichael.

Stevenson will play Meg’s boorish husband, King James IV of Scotland. Bennett portrays Henry and Meg’s sister Princess Mary, now of age to forge a political alliance for the Tudors through her own marriage. Buchan joins as the upwardly mobile Sir Thomas More and Egan will play Tudor stalwart General Howard.
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‘A Discovery Of Witches’: ‘Victoria’ Star Tom Hughes Joins Cast Of Supernatural Drama For Season Two

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Victoria star Tom Hughes is joining the cast of Sky and AMC Networks drama A Discovery of Witches.

Hughes will star as Kit Marlowe, an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era, for the show’s second season. Hughes, who also starred in BBC Cold War drama The Game, is the first name revealed to join the cast after the British pay-broadcaster made a bumper two-season order for the supernatural series.

Downton Abbey and The Good Wife star Matthew Goode stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont in the Bad Wolf-produced show, while Hacksaw Ridge‘s Teresa Palmer plays heroine Diana Bishop in the series.

A Discovery Of Witches is the first installment of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, which has sold more than 3.5M copies worldwide. Originally published in 2011, Discovery is the story of Diana, a young scholar at Oxford who is a descendant of the Salem witches. When she accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript,
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HBO Max Grabs ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming Catalogue, Will Also Carry BBC Series Like ‘The Office’

HBO Max Grabs ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming Catalogue, Will Also Carry BBC Series Like ‘The Office’
The launch of HBO Max is still a few months away, but the WarnerMedia gambit just added another key part of its catalogue. The service announced that when it debuts for consumers next spring, it will be the exclusive streaming home of the beloved series “Doctor Who.”

This deal includes all eleven seasons of the existing iteration of the show, which was revived in 2005. Season 12 of the show, starring Jodie Whitaker, is still slated to air on BBC America before heading to HBO Max following the end of the season.

As part of this announcement, HBO Max also revealed that it will host a number of the BBC’s most popular programs, including the original British version of “The Office,” starring Ricky Gervais. There will also be multiple seasons of the long-running car series “Top Gear” and all five seasons to date of the Idris Elba-starring detective show “Luther.
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BBC Orders Family Drama ‘Best Interests’ From ‘National Treasure’ Writer Jack Thorne

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BBC Orders Family Drama ‘Best Interests’ From ‘National Treasure’ Writer Jack Thorne
National Treasure” scribe Jack Thorne is penning “Best Interests” for the BBC, a drama series about a family’s fight to save their sick young daughter after doctors say the child should be allowed to die. The four-part series is the first commission for Chapter One Pictures, the U.K.-based producer set up by Anonymous Content, Casarotto Ramsay, and United Agents.

“As a parent of a three year old I’ve looked at the cases in the media about ‘best interests’ with some fascination and a little dread,” said Thorne, whose TV credits include “His Dark Materials” and “The Virtues.” He added: “We are going to try and tell a nuanced story that talks about this issue from all sides.”

Filming commences in 2020. Piers Wenger, controller of drama for U.K. pubcaster the BBC, commissioned the series. “This heartbreaking story delves deep into the inner turmoil these two parents
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Anonymous Content-Backed Chapter One Pictures Scores First Commission With BBC One Family Drama From ‘His Dark Materials’ Writer Jack Thorne

Anonymous Content-Backed Chapter One Pictures Scores First Commission With BBC One Family Drama From ‘His Dark Materials’ Writer Jack Thorne
Exclusive: His Dark Materials writer Jack Thorne is writing four-part family drama Best Interests for BBC One. It marks the first commission for Chapter One Pictures, the Sophie Gardiner-run production company set up by Anonymous Content, Casarotto Ramsay and United Agents.

Deadline revealed that the trio of management and talent agencies had established the indie in March 2018 with Gardiner, who was previously head of drama at Howards End producer Playground Television, set as Managing Director.

Its first order is a “compelling” and “thought-provoking original” from the prolific Thorne, who is also behind series including The Virtues, National Treasure and This Is England as well as the Harry Potter musical.

Best Interests is the story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best
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Hulu Hands James Purefoy-Fronted Middle East Drama ‘Fertile Crescent’ Straight-To-Series Order

Hulu has handed a straight-to-series order to James Purefoy-fronted Fertile Crescent (w/t), an eight-episode drama from Fremantle and The Young Pope producer Haut et Court TV.

The digital platform is co-producing the series with French broadcaster Arte France. The drama was originally pitched at French festival Series Mania in 2017.

The series explores the Syrian civil war through the eyes of Antoine, a young French man, in search for his estranged, presumed to be dead sister. While unraveling the mystery, piece by piece, Antoine ends up joining forces with a unit of Kurdish female fighters, fierce women and Isis’ biggest nightmare, and travels with them in Isis occupied territory. Antoine’s journey crosses paths with adventurers and anarchists, spies and innocent victims, and provides a unique look on the tragic events in Syria, and the way they affect the entire world.

Fertile Crescent stars Rome and Altered Carbon star
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‘Flesh And Blood’: Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey & Stephen Rea Star In ITV Family Drama

‘Flesh And Blood’: Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey & Stephen Rea Star In ITV Family Drama
The Girl and Vera Drake star Imelda Staunton, Cranford star Francesca Annis, Quantico and Years and Years star Russell Tovey and The Crying Game and The Honourable Woman star Stephen Rea are to front ITV family drama Flesh and Blood.

The series is written by The Long Song writer Sarah Williams, who also wrote 2007 Anne Hathaway feature Becoming Jane. It is the story of three adult siblings — Helen, Jake and Natalie — who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien declares she’s in love with a new man. Flesh and Blood is directed by Cheat and Cold Feet‘s Louise Hooper.

The cast also includes Claudie Blakley (Manhunt), Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack), Sharon Small (Trust Me), Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines), Keir Charles (Love Actually), Vincent Regan (Victoria), David Bamber (The Bourne Identity), Stephanie Langton (Ransom) and Clara Indrani (Vera).

Blakley plays Helen, Tovey plays Jake and Leonard plays Natalie.
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"I feel like we are becoming an auteur TV label," says Christian Vesper of Fremantle

Vesper talks about collaborating with the Larrain brothers, Michael Haneke, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagino.

Christian Vesper joined TV producer and distributor Fremantle as executive vice president and creative director, global drama, in 2016 as part of the Rtl-owned company’s ambitious strategy to become more greatly involved with the boom in high-end drama.

Vesper had spent the previous 14 years at Sundance TV where he oversaw prestige international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based in London and New York and reporting to Sarah Doole, head of global drama,
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"I feel like we are becoming an autuer TV label," says Christian Vesper of Fremantle

Vesper talks about collaborating with the Larrain brothers, Michael Haneke, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagino.

Christian Vesper joined TV producer and distributor Fremantle as executive vice president and creative director, global drama, in 2016 as part of the Rtl-owned company’s ambitious strategy to become more greatly involved with the boom in high-end drama.

Vesper had spent the previous 14 years at Sundance TV where he oversaw prestige international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based in London and New York and reporting to Sarah Doole, head of global drama,
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"I feel like we are becoming an autuer TV label," says Christian Vesper of FremantleMedia

Vesper talks about collaborating with the Larrain brothers, Michael Haneke, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagino.

Christian Vesper joined TV producer and distributor FremantleMedia as executive vice president and creative director, global drama, in 2016 as part of the Rtl-owned company’s ambitious strategy to become more greatly involved with the boom in high-end drama.

Vesper had spent the previous 14 years at Sundance TV where he oversaw prestige international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based in London and New York and reporting to Sarah Doole, head of global drama,
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Maggie Gyllenhaal: 'There have to be consequences for disrespecting women sexually'

She made her name in a drama about sadomasochism – and broke the mould again as a porn director in The Deuce. But it’s her hotly debated new film that might prove to be her most transgressive yet

Nearly two decades ago, Maggie Gyllenhaal came crawling on her hands and knees into James Spader’s office, a memo clutched between her teeth – but it may as well have been a calling card. Gyllenhaal’s performance as Lee, the gagged and manacled office assistant/S&M sex slave in the now-notorious Secretary, set the tone for a career that has rarely lacked for daring.

In the years since, she has racked up a number of complex, even contradictory, roles: the defiant, self-absorbed ex-con in the indie film Sherrybaby; the capable, conflicted businesswoman drawn into the grubby world of arms dealing in the BBC thriller The Honourable Woman; and Eileen, the sex worker
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‘Black Earth Rising’ Review: Captivating Netflix Thriller Shows the Danger of Treating Global Politics Like a Game

Whether it’s a self-fulfilling storytelling prophecy or a dangerous by-product of the way geopolitical developments have been viewed for the last few centuries, stories told on an international scale often end up loaded with allusions to chess. Particularly in stories drenched in spy maneuvering and intelligence gathering, referring to a game of pawns and rulers and thinking a half-dozen moves ahead has become apt, if not obligatory.

For better or for worse, that’s how writer/director Hugo Blick frames much of the story of “Black Earth Rising.” But for as much as “Black Earth Rising” charts the story of reconciling trauma as a tactical game, there’s an overarching condemnation of the ways that different forces on a global stage, from imperial powers to massive multinational corporations, treat widespread tragedy as a simple step in an unfolding narrative.

Black Earth Rising” centers around the evolving experiences of Kate
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‘Black Earth Rising’ Creator Breaks Down the Challenges and Nuances of Exploring the Rwandan Genocide

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‘Black Earth Rising’ Creator Breaks Down the Challenges and Nuances of Exploring the Rwandan Genocide
In 1994 O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, and the 24-hour news cycle was born. Yet, the death of an estimated 800,000 Tutsis by members of the Hutu ethnic majority in Rwanda during that same period went largely unnoticed in the West. That inconsistency was in part what inspired creator Hugo Blick (“The Honourable Woman”) to bring an eight-episode limited series, “Black Earth Rising,” to viewers nearly a quarter of a century later.

Black Earth Rising” tells the fictional story of Tutsi survivor Kate Ashby (Michaela Coel), a legal investigator who was adopted as a little girl by a famous International Criminal Court (Icc) lawyer (Harriet Walter). Years later when her mother prepares to help prosecute a Rwandan militia leader who fought against the genocide, it drives a wedge between the pair and kicks off a deadly chain of events. John Goodman also stars as the team’s American boss,
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TV Review: ‘Black Earth Rising’

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TV Review: ‘Black Earth Rising’
Bringing to bear a talented cast on a story of real geopolitical significance, “Black Earth Rising,” Netflix’s drama about the long-tail aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, would seem to have had the potential to be one of 2019’s early television successes. Which makes its falling short all the more painful and pronounced. The show, previously aired in the U.K. on BBC Two and written and directed by Hugo Blick (“The Honourable Woman”), squanders the audience’s goodwill with ill-conceived narrative turns, a reliance on cliché, and, worst, dialogue that defies belief. Its potential resonances as a story about how we metabolize, and prosecute, the worst of crimes ends up, soon enough, squandered as the audience loses faith in the story and its telling.

Michaela Coel (“Chewing Gum”) plays Kate Ashby, an investigator working for human-rights attorney Michael Ennis. Ennis, an American, plies his trade in the United Kingdom — and Kate,
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A Genocide Survivor is on the Hunt For The Truth in Trailer For Netflix's Black Earth Rising

Netflix has released the first trailer for an intense-looking new limited series called Black Earth Rising. The story centers around a genocide survivor who is coping with what she went through and look for the truth behind the questions that she needs answering.

From London, to Paris to Rwanda, Black Earth Rising is a deeply personal journey about one woman’s persistent exploration to uncover her hidden past, at whatever the cost.

The film is described as “a contemporary thriller that follows the journey of Kate Ashby (Michaela Coel), a Rwandan orphaned by the genocide, raised in London by an adoptive mother and trying to discover the truth of her past. She is helped in her search by lawyer Michael Ennis (John Goodman). The series examines the West’s relationship with Africa, set in a world of prosecution of war crimes.”

The series was written and directed by Hugo Blick
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‘Black Earth Rising’ Trailer: Michaela Coel and John Goodman Star in International Thriller

After jumping onto Netflix viewers’ radar with two very different projects, Michaela Coel is about to add a third. The creative force behind “Chewing Gum” and cast member in “Black Mirror: USS Callister” plays the main character at the heart of the new international drama series “Black Earth Rising,” premiering later this month.

The show, which aired for UK audiences last fall, follows the efforts of Kate Ashby, a Rwandan-born legal investigator to find the truth behind how and why she survived a genocide. That pursuit eventually brings in the help of Michael Ennis (John Goodman), an American lawyer living overseas after his divorce. With his help, Kate looks to figure out the validity of the statement in the trailer below, that “Some things are best left forgotten.”

Through their efforts, “Black Earth Rising” touches on issues of self-harm, family identity, trauma’s relationship to memory, the lingering effects of colonialism,
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in January, and the Best Reasons to Watch

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in January, and the Best Reasons to Watch
1. “Black Earth Rising” (available January 25)

Why Should I Watch? Hugo Blick, the creator behind “The Honourable Woman,” brings Netflix a co-production with BBC Two about a London-based legal investigator whose past comes back to haunt her. Kate Ashby (Michaela Coel) was born in Rwanda and orphaned by genocide, and now her adoptive mother is taking on a case prosecuting an African militia leader. Though Kate is now working for an American barrister (John Goodman), she wants answers for what happened to her birth family, and the new case might offer fresh insights. “Black Earth Rising” is a female-led conspiracy thriller which has already earned strong marks from British critics across the pond, so there’s reason to believe this Netflix original can build a strong following Stateside as well.

Bonus Reason: The last time John Goodman did a drama, we got “Atomic Blonde.” The time before that, it was “Patriots Day.
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The 19 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2019

After the holidays, the last thing anyone needs is more stuff, and after a record-setting 2018, the last thing anyone needs is more TV — except, you know, of course we do. Supply is only trying to meet demand, and most TV viewers are looking for fresh content through the most popular and plentiful streaming service out there: Netflix.

And Netflix is not about to disappoint. Priming for another year of seemingly unending content — including movies, stand-up specials, interactive series, kids’ shows, reality TV, docuseries, and more — the Netflix original series docket is far from neglected. Below, IndieWire has gathered a list of new shows primed to hit the service in 2019, and this annual preview may be even more enticing than last year’s.

Carmen Sandiego

Release Date: January 18, 2019

Length: 20 half-hour episodes

The real Carmen Sandiego was too tricky to pin down, so Netflix had to draw its own map to the elusive woman in red — literally.
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