The United Kingdom TVI signed an agreement with the Glasgow-based company anime ltdUK’s largest independent anime licensor, who will be making their next streamer ITVX the free home of 500 episodes and 200 hours of animated TV series and movies. The collection will include “Escaflowne”, “Lupin III Part 6”, “Megalobox”, “Cowboy Bebop” by Shinichiro Watanabe and “Gunbuster” by Hideaki Anno.
An additional agreement relates to the launch of true crime uk of CBS Reality. Drawing inspiration from the library of CBS Reality, the UK’s factual entertainment channel popular among adult women, the service will provide ITVX with an additional 200 hours of real crime content at launch, and an additional 50 hours in 2023. Titles include “Descent of a Serial Killer”, four series presented by renowned investigative journalist and criminologist Donal MacIntyre, two series of “The Real Prime Suspect” hosted by former detective Jackie Malton, the inspiration behind the drama series “Prime Suspect,” “New Scotland Yard Files,” all of which are original programs from the CBS Reality Library, and three series of popular “Medical Detectives” shows.
The deals also mark the first ad revenue sharing deals for ITVX, a means by which ITV will bring in a range of third-party content.
Discovery of Warner Bros. The UK has ordered three real crime series, as well as the return of Red Quest“Deadliest Mums & Dads” for Season 2. “The Swindlers” (working title) is a 6×60′ documentary series produced by Crackit Productions Ltd that examines daring stories of cheeky and ruthless serial con artists who charmed and manipulated their way into the lives and wallets of their victims. The series, which will oscillate between the point of view of scammers and that of their victims, will air on Quest Red early next year. Also produced by Crackit, Season 2 of “Deadliest Mums & Dads” will be released on Quest Red in September. Each of the episodes will focus on a different heartbreaking story of parents who murdered their own children.
The 5×60′ documentary series “Dead Fake” (working title), is an exploration of fraudsters faking their own deaths and where true crime meets fearless cuddling, produced by Man Alive Entertainment. The series will be launched on Discovery+ in early 2023. “Michael Sams: Kidnapper Killer” is a 1×60 documentary produced by Candour with never-before-seen audio from Sams – who murdered 18-year-old Julie Dart and then kidnapped realtor Stephanie Slater – once labeled “The Other Yorkshire Ripper”, secretly recorded while in a high security prison. The series will be released on Discovery+ in the UK on July 30. The series was commissioned for Discovery+ by Clare Laycock and commissioned by Charlotte Reid. The executive producers of Warner Bros. Discovery are Deirdre Dowling, Romy Page and Matt Reid.
Qualifying for the Oscars Hollyshorts Film FestivalThe 18th edition of will take place from August 11-20 as a hybrid edition at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood and virtually via the festival’s official Bitpix streaming platform. Films include “Five Cents”, starring Brian Cox; “Aurinko In Adagio”, produced by Lena Waithe; “Life and Debt”, with Rosario Dawson; “Bainne”, directed by Jack Reynor and starring Will Poulter; “North Star”, with Kevin Bacon, Colman Domingo, Laura Innes, Chris Sheffield and Malcolm Gets; “Thoughts and Prayers,” with Zachary Levi; “Be Careful What You Wish For”, with June Squibb and Ed Asner; “Still Rolling Papers”, with Wiz Khalifa; “The One”, directed by Nina Dobrev, with Madeline Brewer and Indya Moore; “Tara Messenger of Death”, with Margaret Cho; “Color Me Jane,” with Penn Badgley; “Don’t Worry, It’ll Be Fine”, directed by Izabel Pakzad and produced by James Franco; and “Celebritas Ex Machina”, with Dolph Lundgren, Sean Astin and Danny Trejo.
Winners of the first three HollyShorts awards will be eligible for a 2023 Oscar nomination. Six HollyShorts films have been nominated for the 2022 Oscars with wins for Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed’s “The Long Goodbye” and “The Queen Of Basketball” by Ben Proudfoot.