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  • news88951

    28 Apr 2017

    British film industry bids for growth

    The British film industry is seeking new opportunities for growth following the success of inward investment as a result of the Film Tax Credit introduced in 2007.

    This comes as a new comprehensive study of the health of the UK indigenous independent feature film sector reveals that the values of the international sales market on which its financing depends has slumped by 50% since 2007. As a result, pressures on already modest budgets have increased, particularly for films in the £2-10 million range, where so many of the country’s most successful films from I, Daniel Blake to The King’s Speech, are generated.

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  • news88931

    28 Apr 2017

    Guardians of the Galaxy - new releases from PG members

    In this week's feature film release from Production Guild members, Marvel's superhero gang return in a supercharged sci-fi adventure aided by 70's and 80's pop music in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

    In television, Sky 1's Jamestown follows the first English settlers as they establish a community 17th Century America.

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  • news88917

    28 Apr 2017

    A film about filming, shot in the capital

    War romance Their Finest premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and has now opened on general release in the UK, bringing humour and warmth to the days of London in the blitz. 

    The film about filmmaking was itself a significant shoot, bringing hundreds of cast and crew into our streets in September 2015, including stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy and Richard E Grant. Take a look at the trailer here

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  • news88915

    28 Apr 2017

    Royal Television Society East Centre announces awards nominations

    The Royal Television Society (RTS) East Centre, which re-launched in early 2017, has announced the nominations for the RTS East Awards 2017.  The inaugural awards will take place on 25 May at Norwich University of the Arts. The awards will celebrate the fantastic achievements and magnificent talent of the East of England’s television industry.

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  • news88914

    28 Apr 2017

    Bill Block named CEO of Miramax

    Miramax has announced that industry veteran Bill Block has been appointed the company’s CEO. Block, the producer, former agent, founder of QED International and a former president of Artisan Entertainment, will lead efforts to create content across a range of platforms. The executive and his team will mine the company’s library and source new properties to exploit through film, television, mobile platforms and other channels.

    “Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” Al-Khelaifi said.

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  • news88912

    28 Apr 2017

    Directors UK announces new chair of the board

    Directors UK, the professional association for British screen directors, bids a fond farewell to director Beryl Richards as Chair of the Directors UK Board and is pleased to announce that multi-camera director, Steve Smith, has been appointed as the new Chair.

    Steve Smith will be taking over from Beryl who is stepping down after serving two and a half years in the post and having reached the maximum term of six years on the Board. Steve has been Vice-Chair of Directors UK for the past two years and on the Board for four yours and brings a wealth of industry experience to the role.

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  • news88858

    26 Apr 2017

    Ivan Dunleavy stands down as Pinewood Chief Executive

    After 17 years leading Pinewood, Ivan Dunleavy is stepping down as chief executive. In an email to all staff on 24th April, Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood, said: “Ivan has played a huge role in the success of Pinewood.  When we became owners six months ago, we were delighted that he stayed on. Now, having overseen a smooth transition from public company to private ownership and with the business in such great shape, he has suggested the time is right to move on.

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  • news88771

    21 Apr 2017

    Seeing the stars through the clouds with Oscar winning MPC

    VFX Studio MPC to join Sohonet’s Cloud Rendering Panel alongside Google Cloud at FMX Conference 2017

    Sohonet, the leading global experts in connected cloud services for the Media and Entertainment industry, today announced that experts from both MPC Film and MPC Advertising would be joining Sohonet’s cloud rendering panel at Europe’s premier conference for the Digital Visual Arts - FMX, this May.

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  • news88712

    13 Apr 2017

    Rich Royal drama, made at The Bottle Yard

    One of the most hotly anticipated dramas of 2017, STARZ Original Limited Series “The White Princess,” will burst onto US TV screens this week, after being made in Bristol last year.

    The follow-up to the STARZ/BBC’s 2013 Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated “The White Queen,” the brand new series, made by Company Pictures and Playground, filmed in purpose-built sets at Production Guild company affiliate The Bottle Yard Studios and across Bristol in 2016.

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  • news88707

    13 Apr 2017

    Spring has sprung in FilmLiverpool

    Spring has sprung into filming action in Liverpool.  April sets to be a very busy month for the Liverpool Film Office, as three major dramas begin filming on location in Liverpool.

    Mammoth Screen have cast David Morrissey to play Inspector Tyador Borlú in BBC2’s adaptation of China Miéville's mind-bending novel The City & The City, which began filming in Liverpool this week. 

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  • news88699

    13 Apr 2017

    EIFF Works in Progress

    Building on the success of 2016, The Edingburgh International Festival are currently seeking applications to be included in the second EIFF Works in Progress, a one-day event where invited international sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers can get an ahead-of-the-game look at upcoming British feature films.

    EWiP will offer a selection of quality narrative feature projects which are in production or post-production and are seeking an international sales agent.

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  • news88687

    12 Apr 2017

    The Sense of an Ending - new releases from PG members

    In this week’s new releases from PG members, the eighth instalment of the Fast & the Furious series is released. The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) is set in a world of terrorism and betrayal where the crew face trials that will test them as never before. Also out on release is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Booker winning novel The Sense of an Ending starring Jim Broadbent.

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  • news88643

    12 Apr 2017

    Doctor Who back in Bristol

    Bristol filming locations will once again take the primetime television spot when the Time Lord returns to our screens from Saturday 15 April with the new series of Doctor Who.

    The tenth series of the sci-fi smash hit caused a major buzz in Bristol when it filmed at Kings Weston House during the 2016 August bank holiday weekend. It returned to the city to film in January 2017, this time for a two-day shoot in Redcliffe Caves facilitated by Bristol Film Office. Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas shot scenes featuring the Tardis in the tunnels, and Redcliffe Wharf was used as unit base.

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  • news88640

    12 Apr 2017

    London lends its authenticity to Guerrilla

    London's Black Panther movement has long been overlooked, left in the shadow of the American movement, but Idris Elba stars in a six-part series starting on Thursday basing the struggle firmly in our capital. 

    The Sky Atlantic show was written by John Ridley - also behind 12 Years a Slave - who brought casts of up to 450 into London's streets in huge protest scenes. Take a look at the trailer here

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  • news88623

    12 Apr 2017

    The CTBF announce John Brabourne Award recipients 2017

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for cinema, television and film, has today announced the 11 recipients of the inaugural January round of the John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).

    250 applications were received for the now twice-yearly programme that supports individuals who are driven and talented, but who may have faced personal or professional hurdles to developing their careers. Successful applicants receive a grant of up to £5,000, alongside professional support and talent development from The CTBF.

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  • news88580

    11 Apr 2017

    Nominations for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards announced

    The nominations have been announced for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2016. This year’s ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 14 May, three weeks after the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 23 April and one week after BAFTA’s Guru Live festival.

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  • news88512

    07 Apr 2017

    City of Tiny Lights - new releases from PG members

    In this week's feature film releases from PG members, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue in City of Tiny Lights. Also out on release is Mad to be Normal which tells the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960's.

    In television, ITV's Broadchurch continues.

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  • news88480

    06 Apr 2017

    New Head Appointed at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea

    Cara Sheppard has been appointed Director of Operations and Business Development of  Production Guild company affiliate Warner Bros. De Lane Lea starting with immediate effect.  She will be providing leadership and direction for day-to-day operations while maintaining its award-winning standards.

    Dan Dark, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, commented:  “There is a stronger demand than ever for Warner Bros. De Lane Lea’s services and Cara’s strong post production background will ensure the continued success of the company.”

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  • news88478

    06 Apr 2017

    Jennifer Smith appointed as Head of Diversity at the BFI

    Jennifer Smith has been appointed to the newly created post of Head of Diversity at the BFI.

    As Head of Diversity Jennifer is responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion across all BFI activity - identified as key strategic priorities in the BFI2022 five year strategy. This includes continuing the pioneering work of the BFI’s Diversity Standards – now also adopted by Film4 and BAFTA – as well as building and implementing new partnerships and programmes to place the BFI at the vanguard of activity on diversity and inclusion, working across its leadership, workforce, public programmes, policy areas and funding streams. Jennifer will additionally work closely with colleagues in government and across the film and screen industries to support opportunities to make film in the UK more inclusive and representative, both on- and off-screen.

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  • news88451

    04 Apr 2017

    Gaylene Gould appointed BFI Southbank's new head of cinema

    The BFI have announced that Gaylene Gould has been appointed BFI Southbank’s Head of Cinemas and Events. In this newly created role, Gaylene will lead the programme at BFI Southbank, the UK’s national cinematheque and one of the most vibrant and important arts venues in London. Reporting into BFI Head of Programme and Acquisitions Stuart Brown, Gaylene will drive audience development, business planning and an eclectic, unique public programme of agenda setting film and television screenings and events at BFI Southbank. This includes contemporary and classic film, BFI blockbuster projects and seasons, one-off events, on stage interviews, premieres, previews, regular monthly strands aimed at a wide range of audiences and educational programmes. Gaylene starts her new role on 24th April.

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  • news88359

    29 Mar 2017

    Barclays launches £100m fund to support UK TV production

    Barclays has launched a £100m fund to provide UK TV production companies improved access to finance and enhance their ability to compete internationally.

    The fund, the first of its kind from a major UK bank, has been established with new, innovative financing products that have been designed to meet the evolving needs of the TV sector. 

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  • news88331

    28 Mar 2017

    Film London launches new ‘returnships’ initiative to help parents get back into the TV industry

    Film London’s Return to Work scheme offers training and paid placements for parents returning to work in the TV industry

    Funded and supported by HETV Fund at Creative Skillset, this new scheme tackles the barriers that exist for highly skilled professionals wanting to return to work after a parental career break.

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  • news88321

    27 Mar 2017

    The Production Guild introduces 21 new members

    The Production Guild is delighted to welcome 21 new members from the latest round of membership applications. 14 current members have also successfully upgraded or transferred their membership to new grades.

    The applications which have all now been approved by the Membership Committee and ratified by the PG Board see a range of new members joining the Guild from production and the accounts department within Full and Supplementary membership categories:

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  • news88306

    24 Mar 2017

    The Production Guild is now recruiting - Production Guild Assistant

    The Production Guild of Great Britain has opened recruitment for the position of Production Guild Assistant. This role will support the smooth running of the Production Guild office and assist in the administration of the work that the PG carries out for its members. The post holder will be based at the Production Guild offices at Pinewood Studios. The deadline for applications is Monday 10th April 2017.

    Based at Pinewood Studios, the Production Guild of Great Britain represents the professional interests of film and television drama industry practitioners both within the UK and overseas. The Production Guild is also one of the leading film and television industry bodies to provide training courses and seminars to industry. 

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  • news88294

    24 Mar 2017

    Life, The Lost City of Z - new releases from PG members

    In this week’s feature film releases from Production Guild members, The Lost City of Z based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization. Life transports us aboard the International Space Station to discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Also out on release is Another Mother’s Son, based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who takes in an escaped Russian POW during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey.

    In television BBC one's controversial police anticorruption unit drama   Line of Duty returns for a fourth series while Decline and Fall marks the first adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's classic comic novel. 

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  • news88288

    24 Mar 2017

    Andy's Safari begins filming at The Bottle Yard

    Grab your gizmo’s and hold onto your hats - children’s TV favourite Andy Day is back filming at Production Guild company affiliate The Bottle Yard Studios to make a new series, Andy’s Safari Adventures, for CBeebies.

    Produced by the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit, Andy’s Safari Adventures is a co-commission from CBeebies in the UK and BBC Worldwide for the international CBeebies channels. Filming of the 40 x 14 min episodes began on 6th March and will continue for 13 weeks.

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  • news88286

    24 Mar 2017

    Movietech continue to support the industry through investment

    Production Guild company affiliate and specialist independent Camera, Lens and Grip rental house, Movietech are pleased to report their continued investment in the latest technology and the addition of new product lines to augment an already extensive equipment catalogue.

    Having introduced a variety of high end products such as the TLS re-housed Canon K35 lenses, Cooke’s 35-140mm Anamorphic/i Zoom and the 8K Red Weapon Helium plus a selection of custom engineered, in-house designs, the company are pleased to see their investments being welcomed by Cinematographers from all areas of the industry.

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  • news88284

    24 Mar 2017

    New TV Stage Expansion Dominates Skyline Manchester

    TV production crews on site at Manchester’s drama hub have seen the first glimpse of the new main stage as the scale of the stages’ steel frame has been revealed.

    The £14m expansion of Production Guild company affiliate The Space Project is on schedule and will be operational at the end the year further underpinning Manchester’s position as a worldwide production destination.

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  • news88254

    22 Mar 2017

    RTS Programme Awards announced

    The Royal Television Society (RTS), has announced the winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2017 in partnership with Audio Network, at a ceremony hosted by Sandi Toksvig at Grosvenor House Hotel on 21 March 2017.

    The RTS Programme Awards, which are chaired by The Foundry CEO, Alex Mahon, honour excellence across all genres of television programming and recognise exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams as well as the programmes themselves.

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  • news88234

    20 Mar 2017

    Film London heads to Mumbai conference

    Production Guild company affiliate Film London will be strongly represented at this year’s FICCI-FRAMES conference in Mumbai, India to celebrate 2017’s UK India Year of Culture and explore new business opportunities between the two regions.

    Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission and Helena Mackenzie, Head of Inward Investment & Business Development will both be in attendance at the global media and entertainment convention to engage with key Indian decision-makers, champion the UK capital’s world-class screen industries and spread the word that London is very much open for business.

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  • news88218

    20 Mar 2017

    RED Digital Cinema joins the Production Guild

    We are delighted to announce that RED Digital Cinema has joined the Production Guild as a company affiliate. RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories.

    In 2006, RED Digital Cinema began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE® digital cinema camera. By 2008, the camera that changed cinema also began to change the world of stills. RED’s DSMC® (Digital Still and Motion Camera) system allows the same camera being used to shoot features like "The Hobbit" trilogy and "Gone Girl" — as well as the Emmy-winning "House of Cards" — to also be used to shoot covers for magazines such as "Vogue" and "Harper's Bazaar". 

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  • news88171

    17 Mar 2017

    Beauty and the Beast - new releases from PG members

    In this week's feature film releases from PG members, Disney revisits a tale as old as time when a bright, beautiful and independent young woman is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle in the classic Beauty and The Beast. Also on release is Olivier Assay's Personal Shopper, a suspense thriller seen through the lens of quaterlife lonliness.

    Continuing in television is SS-GB and Broadchurch. 

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  • news88161

    17 Mar 2017

    BFI Southbank's major Fassbinder retrospective

    Running from Monday 27 March – Wednesday 31 May, BFI Southbank’s major Fassbinder retrospective will celebrate the constantly controversial and fearless filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, arguably post-war Germany’s greatest director. This extensive retrospective will feature most of the great auteur’s huge body of work, with 40 features, shorts and TV series, from gangster movies to melodramas, social satires to queer dramas. Fassbinder is perhaps one of the most prolific filmmakers of the 20th century; his first 10 features were astonishingly made in less than two years, and he went on to make another 30 by the time he died young at 37. A fearless artist who knew no taboos, Fassbinder combined scathing social criticism with profound psychological insight.

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  • news88158

    17 Mar 2017

    London's Sense of an Ending

    The Sense of an Ending asks us to re-think – among many things – the way we treat one another. And how did the London-based production treat its Indian director Ritesh Batra?

    He told The Washington Post, “It took me a while to understand British reserve. I was used to being in Bombay, or New York or Mexico City, where people talk more directly. During pre-production, I would tell the crew, 'I would like you to do this,' and they would answer, 'That will be slightly difficult.' If it’s only slightly difficult, then let’s do it. I come back a week later, and it’s not done. Well, it turns out that slightly difficult means that it’s impossible. You’d hear them saying, 'The director is a real a------.' Once you get to understand British reserve, it’s endearing.”

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  • news88157

    17 Mar 2017

    The 2017 Into Film Awards

    The Into Film Awards 2017 took place at London's famous ODEON cinema in Leicester Square, with a star-studded red carpet event that saw film clubs, teachers and young filmmakers from around the UK honoured for their passion and dedication to all things film.

    Hundreds of young people and film clubs from all corners of the UK - with some traveling from as far afield as Belfast and Arbroath - made the trip to London's Leicester Square, home of all things film in the capital, to rub shoulders with the biggest and brightest names in film and celebrate their achievements.

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  • news88112

    15 Mar 2017

    Pan-European initiative to help green film and TV

    A new pan-European project has been launched, which aims to help the continent’s film and TV industries cut carbon emissions and green their productions.

    Led by Production Guild company affiliate Film London, the five-year, €2m project is majority-funded by Interreg Europe and pools the skills, experience and expertise of nine organisations from across the continent. The territories represented by Green Screen are London, Paris, Ystad, Rzeszow, Bucharest, Bratislava, Malaga and Flanders, with support coming from Greenshoot, a UK-based environmental and sustainability consultancy.

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  • news88111

    15 Mar 2017

    Five LGBT films unveiled for film campaign

    A suburban train station, London’s riverside and the streets of Paris form some of the backdrops to the stories being screened at #FiveFilms4Freedom, the world’s widest-reaching LGBT online short film programme.

    The line-up for #FiveFilms4Freedom, run by the British Council (the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities) and the BFI (British Film Institute), this year explores topics ranging from transgender parenting to machismo and sexuality to dating apps

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  • news88110

    15 Mar 2017

    Bristol's Harbourside features in new WW2 film

    Bristol’s Princes Wharf is set to shine on cinema screens with the UK premiere of new British World War II feature Another Mother’s Son on 24 March.

    The World War II drama produced by Bill Kenwright Films, filmed one of its largest scenes on Bristol’s harbourside in December 2015 (see above), supported by Bristol Film Office.

    BRISTOL, 14 March 2017: Bristol’s Princes Wharf is set to shine on cinema screens with the UK premiere of new British World War II feature Another Mother’s Son on 24 March.

     

     

    The World War II drama produced by Bill Kenwright Films, filmed one of its largest scenes on Bristol’s harbourside in December 2015 (see above), supported by Bristol Film Office.

     

    Princes Wharf was used to recreate St Helier Harbour in Jersey and the production set up their unit base for the shoot at Lloyds Amphitheatre.  

     

    Another Mother’s Son tells for the very first time, the true story of Louisa Gould and her bravery to protect a young man’s life against the context of the Nazi occupation in Jersey. The film marks a significant next step in the now firmly established acting career of musician, stage and screen performer, Ronan Keating, who stars alongside British acting luminaries Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire.

     

    Laura Pye, Head of Culture for Bristol City Council said: “Bristol Harbour is one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic ports and it’s fantastic to see it serve as a backdrop in one of the largest scenes in Another Mother’s Son. It further cements Bristol’s strong reputation for film and TV production and I look forward to seeing the iconic Bristol landmark on the silver screen.”

     

    A spokesperson for the film said: "We had a great day shooting outside the M Shed at Princes Wharf during production. When we first set out to make this film, one of our main challenges was sourcing a sizeable 1940's steam ship onto which our Jersey deportees would be loaded. The quayside by the Balmoral was ideal for our film. The period cranes, the other barges and the great support of the Bristol Film Office and the Harbour Master helped us to achieve fantastic production value for one of our film's biggest scenes."

     

    From a screenplay by Jenny Lecoat and directed by BAFTA-winning Chris Menaul (Summer in February and Emmy-nominated Killing Jesus), Another Mother’s Son filmed for six weeks across Somerset and the South West of England in November – December 2015. It is produced by Bill Kenwright.

     

    Another Mother’s Son is the latest in a string of titles to have been filmed in Bristol including ITV’s final series of Broadchurch (airing now), Starz upcoming The White Princess (due to premiere in the US in April), E4’s recent comedy horror Crazyhead and BBC dramas Poldark, Doctor Who, The Living and the Dead and Thirteen

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  • news88106

    15 Mar 2017

    Film London Announces 2017 short film selection

    Production Guild company affiliate Film London has unveiled its latest short film commissions, with a slate showcasing the talent, creativity and incredible storytelling powers of the capital’s filmmakers. 

    This year’s 21-strong selection include tense family dramas, off-kilter romance and the existential musings of a teenage vampire. The slate also includes two short-form documentaries (one exploring a helpline for gay farmers, the other infiltrating a clan of wargamers) and an animated title exploring its creator’s childhood memories.

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  • news88005

    10 Mar 2017

    Square Sail Ventures joins the Production Guild

    We are delighted to announce that Square Sail has joined the Production Guild as a company affiliate. Square Sail Ventures Limited own and operate the historic harbour at Charlestown, Cornwall and the beautiful tall ship Phoenix.  Their company has a worldwide reputation for managing the total ‘marine package’ with expert skills and advice on location suitability, marine safety, set construction and marine co-ordination.

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  • news87999

    10 Mar 2017

    Pinewood Studios celebrates International Women's Day

    250 amazing women who are currently working at Pinewood Studios, gathered for celebrity photographer Richard Young to #BeBoldForChange to mark International Women’s Day (8th March).

    The ambition was to celebrate the contribution women make to film and television and to capture the diverse and truly eclectic range of roles occupied by women in the film and TV industry in 2017, which included amongst others: producer, production manager, first assistant director, 2nd assistant director, Oscar-winning costume designer, publicist, production assistant, hair and make-up artist, PA, set designer, set decorator, prop maker, draughtswoman, caterer, sculptor, digital lab technician, post production co-ordinator, VFX artist, SFX artist, accountant, marketing and construction teams, trainee editor, receptionist and security guard.

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  • news87998

    10 Mar 2017

    Two New Creative Project Managers Appointed at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

    Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dearbhla Regan and Celine Haddad as Project Managers within the IFB's production and development team. Dearbhla and Celine will work alongside Lesley McKimm, who was appointed last September, to manage the slate of IFB supported projects across all genres from initial script development stage, right through production and to the market exploitation of these projects.

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  • news87964

    08 Mar 2017

    Elstree Film Festival goes into action with “Script to Screen” workshops in schools

    Elstree Film Studios and Elstree University Technical College supporting Hertsmere schools with resources, film experts and mentors to help create their films.

    Elstree Film Studios and the Elstree University Technical College conducted a Script to Screen Workshop with the first participating school as part of the Elstree Studios Film Festival for Schools initiative.

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  • news87734

    03 Mar 2017

    Viceroy's House - new releases from PG members

    In this week's feature releases from Production Guild members, Gurinder Chadha explores the 1947 separation of India into India and Pakistan through the arrival of Lord Louis Mountbatten to Viceroy's House where he was tasked with ensuring a smooth transfer of imperial power. Also on release is first-time director Adam Smith's British crime drama starring Michael Fassbender. Viceroy's House and Tresspass Against Us are this week's releases from PG members 

    Continuing in television is The Good Karma Hospital, Call the Midwife, The Halycon, Death in Paradise, SS-GB, Broadchurch and The Replacement.

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  • news87731

    03 Mar 2017

    Film4 joins the Production Guild

    We are delighted to announce that Film4 have joined the Production Guild as a company affiliate. Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, whether new or established. 

    Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.

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  • news87699

    03 Mar 2017

    Elstree Studios renew their partnership with BBC Studioworks

    Production Guild company affiliate Elstree Studios is continuing its highly successful partnership with BBC Studioworks. Elstree Studios providing stages converted for Television and BBC Studioworks providing state of the art TV Studio technical facilities.

    The partnership formed three years ago to provide Elstree Studios with Television facilities and to provide BBC Studioworks with facilities to house BBC Productions whilst TV centre was being rebuilt has been very successful. So successful, that the partnership has been extended for another three years.

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  • news87697

    03 Mar 2017

    Prime Suspect 1973 filmed across London

    Jane Tennison in 1973 might be a doe-eyed police newbie, a long way from becoming the iconic Prime Suspect character we last saw in 2006. But the series doesn't shy away from car chases, gunfire and explosions, in the prequel series starting on Thursday on ITV.

    London’s communities worked together with the production to make the 70s period locations available and to manage the stunt sequences with little disruption. 

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  • news87601

    28 Feb 2017

    Rose Garnett new Director of BBC Films

    Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content today announced Rose Garnett as the new Director of BBC Films.

    Rose will have responsibility for the development of a large and eclectic slate of feature films. BBC Films is at the forefront of independent film making in the UK, developing and co-producing around twelve films a year. As Director she will lead a team who will work closely with writers and filmmakers to nurture, develop and manage the very best creative talent in the industry.

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  • news87520

    27 Feb 2017

    PG members films honoured at 89th Oscars

    Congratulations to all of our members whose work was celebrated at last night's 89th Academy Awards. Moonlight won Best Picture while La La Land won six Oscars including best director for Damien Chazelle. Arrival, Moonlight, Fences and Hacksaw Ridge received acting and technical awards while The Jungle Book won for Best Visual Effects. Take a look at the full list of winners here. 

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  • news87478

    24 Feb 2017

    Flamin Production Development Awards

    Production Guild company affiliate Film London is pleased to announce the recipients of the latest FLAMIN Productions development awards. London-based artist filmmakers Roz Mortimer and Paul Simon Richards will receive funding and support as they develop their new projects, respectively entitled The Deathless Woman and Quasi-Monte Carlo.

    The development awards bring with them bursaries; budget for external mentoring, support and research and expert advice from the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) team. Once this development phase is completed the artists will re-submit their projects for production funding worth £30,000 per project.

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  • news87462

    24 Feb 2017

    Broadchurch - new releases from PG members

    In this week's new television releases from Production Guild members, DI Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Miller (Olivia Colman) join forces once again as they return to the scene of old crimes in a third series of ITV's Broadchurch. On BBC One, three-part psychological thriller The Replacement, follows a woman who goes on maternity leave only to become increasingtly paranoid about the motives of the person covering for her.

    Continuing in television is The Good Karma HospitalCall the Midwife, The Halycon, Death in ParadiseSS-GB and Taboo.

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  • news87456

    24 Feb 2017

    Back again in lucky London

    Stan Lee’s Lucky Man returns for a second Sky 1 series on Friday, with James Nesbitt as Detective Inspector Clayton. 

    Nesbitt has told reporters, “They say that you make your own luck and I’m pleased to say that in this case we did! I’m delighted that Lucky Man was so popular with viewers and look forward to being back on Sky 1.”

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  • news87454

    24 Feb 2017

    Stan Lee's Lucky Man explores a hidden London

    February 24 sees the return of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man – the comic book legend’s first London-set creation, and one in which the city takes centre stage.

    Season one – the highest performing debut of any Sky 1 UK drama series to date – introduced James Nesbitt as troubled murder cop DI Harry Clayton, who is given an ancient bracelet which allows its wearer to control luck. Alongside stunning panoramic views of the city and the iconic sights for which London is famed, the show also delves deep beneath the city’s skin to offer global audiences a Londoner’s eye view of the capital, taking in breath-taking chases along the Thames to action set in Chinatown, Hatton Garden and Canary Wharf. Season two promises to expand this de facto travelogue even further, with Clayton and Co stopping off across London as the plot develops, from Brick Lane and Bethnal Green to Vauxhall.

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  • news87397

    22 Feb 2017

    Helen Mirren presents Peter Morgan CBE with the BFI Fellowship

    British screenwriter and producer Peter Morgan CBE has been awarded the BFI Fellowship, at the annual BFI Chairman’s dinner. Dame Helen Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth in Morgan’s 2006 film The Queen, presented Peter with the fellowship alongside director Ron Howard (Rush, Frost / Nixon). Gillian Anderson, Guy Ritchie, Stephen Frears, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Daldry, Alan Yentob, Jason Watkins, Victoria Hamilton and other luminaries were all in attendance to celebrate Peter’s award.

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  • news87396

    22 Feb 2017

    David Yates becomes Citizen of Honour

    David Yates, the film director behind some of the UK’s highest grossing feature films, has become Liverpool’s latest Citizen of Honour in a special ceremony on Friday 17 February.  

    Yates, has been added to the Roll of Citizens of Honour and presented with an official scroll by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden and Deputy Mayor of Liverpool Ann O'Byrne.

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  • news87395

    22 Feb 2017

    Final series of Broadchurch made at the Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol

    As the nation tunes in to ITV for the third and final series of Broadchurch next week, Production Guild affiliate The Bottle Yard Studios can reveal that it was the studio base for the high-profile drama when it filmed last year.

    The production team behind the award-winning drama, co-produced by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures, moved into The Bottle Yard Studios for 9 months last year. Filming took place at the Studios and a number of locations across Bristol, in addition to the show’s now familiar filming locations of Clevedon, Somerset and West Bay, Dorset.

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  • news87290

    17 Feb 2017

    SS-GB - this week's releases from PG members

    In this week's new television release from Production Guild members, we're transported to a murderous, murky world in an adaptation of Len Deighton's novel SS-GB. Having recieved its premier at The Berlin Film Festival, the new five-part miniseries debuts on BBC One this Sunday.

    Continuing in television is The Good Karma HospitalCall the Midwife,The Halycon, Death in Paradise and Taboo.

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  • news87288

    17 Feb 2017

    BAFTA Film Award winners announced

    The winners of the EE British Academy Film Awards were announced at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Sunday 12 February 2017. Congratulations to all of our members whose work was celebrated. La La Land was named Best Film, with Damien Chazelle winning best Directorwhile Outstanding British Film was won by I, Daniel Blakedirected by Ken Loach. 

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  • news87284

    17 Feb 2017

    BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival unveiles full programme

    As announced last week, BFI Flare opens on the 16th March with the World Premiere of Fergus O’Brien’s BBC Production Against the Law at BFI Southbank. The Festival closes with the International Premiere of Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move at BFI Southbank. One of the most significant and long standing film events in the world’s LGBT calendar, BFI Flare will present over 50 features, more than 100 shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and much more. Tickets go on sale via bfi.org.uk/flare to BFI Patrons, Champions and Members from Monday 20 Feb and General Public on Monday 27 February.

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  • news87132

    10 Feb 2017

    The Family Support Fund launches

    Balancing work and family life can be challenging, especially if you have people depending on you for their care and wellbeing. Working in the turbulent world of film and commercial TV can make it even harder to fund alternative arrangements to ensure the people you care for are looked after when you are away from home, whether for a meeting or a location shoot.

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  • news87131

    10 Feb 2017

    BFI Flare: Opening Night

    The BFI is thrilled to announce that the opening night gala of the 31st edition of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (16th-26th March at BFI Southbank) will be the world premiere of AGAINST THE LAW, a powerful and timely factual new British drama for BBC TWO, directed by Fergus O’Brien and starring Daniel Mays (VERA DRAKE, ANOTHER YEAR). The cast also features Mark Gatiss (SHERLOCK, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN), Richard Gadd and Charlie Creed-Miles (NIL BY MOUTH, WILD BILL). The film is produced by Scott James Bassett and written by Brian Fillis (AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, FEAR OF FANNY). AGAINST THE LAW is a BBC Studios production.

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  • news87130

    10 Feb 2017

    Film London in Berlin

    Four Film London-backed projects screen at this year’s Berlinale, showcasing an exciting range of emerging talent and demonstrating the breadth of support offered by the UK capital’s screen agency. The films are:

    White Riot: London, a fanzine-style short doc charting late 70s London – a melting pot of political, racial and cultural tensions played out to a soundtrack of blistering punk rock. The film, from writer-director Rubika Shah and writer-producer Ed Gibbs was funded through Film London’s short film scheme London Calling, which is funded by BFI NET.WORK.

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  • news87128

    10 Feb 2017

    BFI London Film Festival announces 2017 dates

    The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 61st anniversary edition which will take place at venues across the UK capital from 4 -15 October 2017.

    Submissions for the 2017 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website at www.bfi.org.uk/lff . The final deadline for short films and features is 5pm, Monday 12 June 2017. 

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  • news87051

    08 Feb 2017

    The BFDG celebrate excellence at Awards Gala

    The British Film Designers Guild (BFDG) held its inaugural annual Awards Ceremony in the Ball Room at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios on January 28th. Celebrating the outstanding skills and talent of the British film crews working behind the camera was combined this year with the 70th Anniversary of the Guild's formation.

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  • news87012

    06 Feb 2017

    BFI & Radio Times Television Festival announced

    The BFI and Radio Times have announced the full line-up for the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, celebrating the current golden age of TV with more than 40 events featuring some of the biggest names on the small screen. The new events announced today include the stars, writers and producers of some of the biggest TV shows of the year; including The CrownVictoria, The Night ManagerLine of DutyPoldarkSherlockBlack Mirror and Strictly Come Dancing.

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  • news86974

    03 Feb 2017

    Cold Feet and The A Word return to The Space Project

    Production Guild company affiliate The Space Project is delighted to announce the return of ITV’s hit comedy drama ‘Cold Feet’ and the BBC’s acclaimed drama ‘The A Word’.

    ‘Cold Feet’ from Big Talk Productions for ITV saw a hugely successful return in 2016 after a 13  year break and was swiftly re- commissioned for series 7. Cold Feet  have  taken over one  of  the  five purpose built stages as well as using onsite offices, workshops,  unit  base parking and bespoke support facilities.

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  • news86971

    03 Feb 2017

    Peter Morgan CBE to be awarded BFI fellowship

    The BFI is pleased to announce that British screenwriter and producer Peter Morgan CBE will be awarded the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at the annual BFI Chairman’s Dinner, hosted by BFI Chair Josh Berger, on 21 February 2017, at Claridges, London.

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  • news86969

    03 Feb 2017

    Movietech first with TLS Canon K35 lenses

    Independent Camera, Lens and Grip specialists, Movietech augment their hire stock with the introduction of the new TLS re-housed Canon K35 lenses, including a UK first with the T1.5 18mm.

    Covering all models within the K35 range, re-housed by industry specialists TLS, these upgraded versions retain the features, feel and unmistakable image capture abilities of the original Canon classic, superbly engineered for modern use.

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  • news86819

    31 Jan 2017

    March at the BFI Southbank

    With BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival taking over BFI Southbank from March 17, the first half of the month will focus on two short seasons dedicated to directors Kelly Reichardt and Jacques Becker. As part of Edge of America: The Films of Kelly Reichardt, the visionary American indie director will be on stage talking about her impressive back-catalogue (Wendy and LucyMeek’s CutoffOld Joy) as well as her new film, LFF-Award winner Certain Women (2016), which is released on Friday 3 March and will play on extended run. 

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  • news86752

    30 Jan 2017

    'Listen to Britain' launched with the support of BBC and BFI

    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Listen To Britain, Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister's poetic collage of British life, BBC Four, in partnership with BFI NETWORK, is offering the next generation of filmmakers an exciting opportunity to capture the diversity of modern Britain. Not only will successful entries be awarded production backing as part of this new project, but all works created will have the chance to be broadcast on the BBC and screened at BFI Southbank.

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  • news86641

    27 Jan 2017

    Artem's special effects on T2: Trainspotting

    Award winning Production Guild company affiliate Artem SFX, supplied physical effects to create the atmospherics for T2: Trainspotting, including rain, wet reflective grounds and thin mist in the air –  both of which were used to full effect in conjunction with lighting by Director of Photography, Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire).

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  • news86637

    27 Jan 2017

    T2: Trainspotting - this week's releases fro PG members

    In the 1990's Danny Boyle's Trainspotting presented life as a stark choice between drug addiction and a dreary consumer lifestyle. Twenty years later, T2: Trainspotting returns to tell the story of a group of fortysomething men and the changing landscape of Modern Britian. Also on release is Denial which tells the story of a historian's pursual through the UK justice system by  Holocaust denier. This week's feature releases by PG member are T2: Trainspotting and Denial.

    Continuing in television is: Call The midwife, Apple Tree yard, Endeavour, The Halcyon and Taboo.

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  • news86629

    27 Jan 2017

    Elstree Studios Yearly Review

    2016 was an exciting year for Production Guild company affiliate Elstree Studios becoming home to a diverse range of productions. With high end drama, feature films, tour rehearsals, commercials, reality shows and panel shows Elstree was across all genres.

    In November, the acclaimed Netflix-original series, The Crown, was released.  Elstree Studios is the proud home to the £100 million drama produced by Left Bank Pictures and directed by award winning Stephen Daldry.  The Crown won Best TV Drama and Best Actress for Claire Foy at the Golden Globes.

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  • news86579

    26 Jan 2017

    Imogen Bell joins Pinewood Pictures as Head of Production

    Imogen Bell has joined Pinewood Pictures as its new Head of Production, with immediate effect. Over the past 17 years, Bell has worked as a freelance line producer, production manager and production co-ordinator across film and television on a host of independent productions, including the award-winning British films, My Summer of Love, Brothers of the Head and Moon.

    Starting out in commercials, Bell quickly moved into feature films working with producer Chris Collins on My Summer of Love and Four Last Songs from development through delivery for BBC Films. Other notable credits include, Heartless, Better Things, Wild Target, Mr Nice and Blitz.

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  • news86574

    26 Jan 2017

    BFI Statistics 2016

    Independent figures published today by the BFI show a robust performance from the UK film industry in 2016, which further increased its global reputation as a leading destination for film and TV production and saw UK cinemas enjoy another successful year.  

    The strong UK box office in 2016 was led by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with takings of £64.3 million, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them with £54.3 million and Bridget Jones’ Baby with £48.2 million. All three of the top earners were also made in the UK using UK crews, locations and facilities, helping to generate an overall market share of 27.5% of the UK box office for studio-backed, UK-made films. 

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  • news86544

    25 Jan 2017

    Cheap Cheap Cheap films at The Bottle Yard Studios

    Filming has begun at Production Guild company affiliate Bristol's Bottle Yard Studios on Cheap Cheap Cheap, the brand new Channel 4 show hosted by Noel Edmonds.

    Cheap Cheap Cheap is set inside an eccentric general store filled with weird and wonderful items and even quirkier staff. Noel and the shop staff will challenge contestants to guess the cheapest of three items presented to them in the hope that a series of successful guesses will win them a life-changing sum.

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  • news86522

    25 Jan 2017

    VES use Sohonet for awards submission process

    The Visual Effects Society has again turned to Production Guild Business partner Sohonet to manage and provide an end-to-end online submission system for the 15th Annual VES Awards. Sohonet has had the pleasure of both sponsoring the annual judging event in London and managing the submission process globally for the last eight years. They are proud to support a body that recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year.

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  • news86511

    25 Jan 2017

    Red Lion Square is witness to Denial

    An extra air of truth was lent to Denial, a film about proving the truth, by shooting in the real law office the story’s set around, in Camden’s Red Lion Square.

    Mishcon de Reya was based there in Summit House, when it took on the libel case against historian Deborah Lipstadt, forcing her to prove the truth of the Holocaust. She was accused of libel by David Irving, after calling him a dangerous spokesperson for Holocaust denial. 

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  • news86476

    24 Jan 2017

    The British Society of Cinematographers annual “kit fest” returns

    Returning to Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park London on the 3rd & 4th February 2017 the BSC Expo will host the largest gathering in the UK of suppliers and manufacturers of equipment and services to the film & tv production industry.

    An International array of products will be on display during these two days and the BSC Expo offers a truly unique experience for the visitor. This is your chance to test out all the latest products all in one place and in a relaxed industry environment.

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  • news86315

    20 Jan 2017

    Call the Midwife - new releases from PG members

    This week's television relases from Production Guild members include a provocative thriller which sees an eminent scientist caught up in a damaging and compromising lie and the nuns and midwives at Nonnatus House return to our screen for a sixth series. Apple Tree Yard and Call the Midwife are this week's releases from Production Guild members. 

    Continuing in television is Sherlock, Game, The Halycon, Death in Paradise, Tina and Bobby and Taboo.

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  • news86313

    20 Jan 2017

    Silent streets for Woody Harrelson's Lost in London

    Cinema history was set to be made in the early hours of the morning on Friday 20th of January, with all eyes on Camden, as Woody Harrelson shot a full length film in one take, covering two miles of Central London, with one camera, simultaneously broadcasting it – live – to 500 cinemas in the US and London’s Picturehouse Central. 

    Owen Wilson, who featured in the real events the film is based on, also stars, and Willie Nelson makes an appearance too. 

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  • news86272

    19 Jan 2017

    BFI announce line-up for 10th BFI Future Film Festival

    One of the most important film industry Festival for young filmmakers in the UK, the BFI Future Film Festival returns to BFI Southbank from 15-19 February to celebrate its landmark 10th birthday, with tickets on sale now here. The Festival is open to 16-25 year olds, and aimed at those aspiring to develop careers in the film and creative industries. It is programmed around three key areas: ‘Storytelling’, Production and Craft Skills’ and ‘The Business of Film’, and offers young people a unique opportunity to obtain access to industry professionals alongside a wealth of talks, masterclasses and networking events.

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  • news86228

    18 Jan 2017

    Wales Screen launch new promotional showreel

    A new promotional showreel featuring clips from the latest major productions filmed in Wales has been launched by Production Guild company affiliate Wales Screen to promote Wales worldwide as a premier location for TV and feature film production.

    Introduced by actor Michael Sheen, the showreel features footage from The Bastard Executioner (Fox), The Collection (Lookout Point), Doctor Who (BBC) and Sherlock (Hartswood Films) and highlights other productions filmed in Wales including Criminal, Me Before You to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Transformers: The Last Knight and The Man from U.N.C.L.E

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  • news86146

    13 Jan 2017

    BSC Expo 2017

    The BSC Expo will take place on the Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February 2017 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London. This event is one of the UK’s premier dedicated film and TV production shows and is now a recognised fixture in the industry calendar. The 2017 event will host the largest number of National and International manufacturers and suppliers yet. This is a great opportunity to test all of the latest equipment and technologies in a relaxed industry environment. To view the full list of Exhibitors please click here.

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  • news86135

    13 Jan 2017

    BlueBolt completes over 550 shots for Taboo

    Production Guild company affiliate BlueBolt has just completed over 550 shots for FX/Scott Free on the Tom Hardy lead show 'Taboo' currently airing on Saturday nights on BBC One and on the FX network.

    Taboo is set in London in the early 1800s and follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and returns home to London from Africa, to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. He must battle with his demons, as well as the frosty reception he meets on his return.

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  • news86130

    13 Jan 2017

    Brand new series of Crystal Maze to be made at The Bottle Yard

    The brand-new series of The Crystal Maze, confirmed by Channel 4 today, will be made at Production Guild company affiliate The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol.

    Fizz, RDF Television’s entertainment label, has opted to base the show at the popular Bristol studios which offer the largest volume of flexible production space for film and TV production in the West of England.  A purpose-built maze spanning over 30,000 square feet is being created by the original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon (The Mighty Boosh, The Royle Family), to be built in previously un-filmed areas of the Studios.

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  • news86084

    11 Jan 2017

    The Bottle Yard Studios’ Fiona Francombe joins The Production Guild Board

    Production Guild company affiliate The Bottle Yard Studios’ Site Director Fiona Francombe has joined the Board of The Production Guild of Great Britain, the UK’s most prestigious membership organisation for film and TV production management professionals.

    Based at Pinewood Studios, The Production Guild represents and supports those working in accounts, production, assistant directing, location management, post production and VFX. Its 900 members are the most experienced and well respected professionals working in film and TV drama production today.

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  • news86021

    10 Jan 2017

    EE British Academy Film Awards nominations announced

    Congratulations to all of our members whose work has been nominated at this year's EE Bafta Awards. La La Land is nominated in 11 categories. Arrival and Nocturnal Animals both receive nine nominations and Manchester by the Sea has six. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemHacksaw RidgeLion and I, Daniel Blake receive five nominations each. Moonlight and Florence Foster Jenkins have both been nominated four times.

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  • news86012

    10 Jan 2017

    RTS Scotland Awards call for entries

    The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has today issued a call for entries for the  RTS Scotland Awards 2017. The awards cover all forms of production in Scotland and aim to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across a range of genres and crafts.

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  • news85988

    09 Jan 2017

    Golden Globe winners announced 2017

    Congratulations to all of our members whose work was celebrated at last night's Golden Globe Awards. The Crown, co-produced by PG member Andy Stebbing, received the award for Best Drama Series while The Night Manager also had a very successful evening.

    Last year, the production team on The Night Manager received the Production Guild Member/Team of the Year Award, in association with Panavision. Take a look at those of our members who worked on the show here: http://bit.ly/2cMn4j6

    View the the list of Golden Globe winners in full below:

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  • news85921

    06 Jan 2017

    13th Annual Glasgow Film Festival

    The thirteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival will open on 15 February with the European premiere of coming-of-age story, Handsome Devil. Directed by John Butler (The Stag), the film stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Spectre) alongside rising stars Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine.

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  • news85910

    06 Jan 2017

    Assassin's Creed - new releases from PG members

    This week's feature film releases from PG members include JA Bayona’s adaptation of a popular children’s novel by Patrick Ness, a feature realisation of Ubisoft's huge-selling game series and two Jesuit priests who face persecution on their their journey to Japan.  A Monster Calls, Assassin's Creed and Silence are this week's releases from PG members. 

    This week's releases in television are Game, The Halycon, Death in Paradise, Tina and Bobby, Taboo and a fourth series of Sherlock.

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  • news85837

    05 Jan 2017

    The Production Guild introduces 19 new members

    The Production Guild is delighted to welcome 19 new members from the latest round of membership applications. Four current members have also successfully upgraded or transferred their membership to new grades.

    The applications which have all now been approved by the Membership Committee and ratified by the PG Board see a range of new members joining the Guild from production and the accounts department within Full and Supplementary membership categories:

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  • news85799

    04 Jan 2017

    BFI National Archive announces Archive Futures

    The BFI National Archive, one of the world’s largest and most significant archives of film and television and at the forefront of latest techniques in preservation and digitisation, announces a new development programme Archive Futures. This unique programme gives archive professionals from around the world the opportunity to learn from the BFI’s internationally renowned technical experts and curators. The course runs from 22-24 February, 2017 at BFI Southbank and the BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted. Specialist film restoration and archival R3storeStudios.com are kindly sponsoring this unique 3-day training programme.

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  • news85765

    03 Jan 2017

    London's role in new series of hit comedy Uncle

    Where is the world’s worst uncle from? Croydon mainly. He’s headed back to BBC Three on January 1st, then BBC One at 11.25pm on January 6th.

    The comedy, now in its third series, was filmed between July and September in 2016, making great use of the space, accessibility and distinct look that Croydon has to offer. Some scenes were shot Bromley and Haringey, as well.

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  • news85764

    03 Jan 2017

    The Taboo of Bexley's Danson House

    Tom Hardy and producer Ridley Scott have joined forces to keep us at home on Saturday nights and glued to BBC One for Taboo – a new series written by Hardy and his father Chips, that starts on January 7th. Here’s the trailer. 

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  • news85763

    03 Jan 2017

    Londoners were Unforgotten by the new series production for ITV

    London’s resident-friendly production, ITV’s thriller series, Unforgotten 2, begins on January 5th. Making donations to resident groups across London throughout the shoot, and using low-impact techniques to film, the nimble production shot on location across Camden, Islington, Southwark, Haringey and Lambeth over the summer. Take a look at the trailer here.

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  • news85710

    21 Dec 2016

    Changes to Equity film distribution arrangements announced

    Pact have announced that there will be changes to Equity film distribution arrangements under Appendix FA of the Pact/Equity Cinema Films Agreement. Members can view the document on our Industry Documents and Links section under Pact / BECTU. Please note, members must be signed in to our website in order to access it.

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  • news85694

    21 Dec 2016

    Londoners welcomed the bombs and romance of The Halcyon

    Dubbed ITV’s new Downton Abbey, The Halcyon’s exteriors were shot in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Combining the glamour of life in a five-star hotel with the horror of WWII, the neighbourhood found itself at the centre of some dramatic scenes, during filming between April and July this year.

    Despite the bombing and fires, residents embraced the shoot and invited the filmmakers back for another season. 

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  • news85692

    21 Dec 2016

    Noel Edmond's latest show to transmit live from The Bottle Yard

    A brand new Channel 4 pilot hosted by Noel Edmonds is set to transmit live from Production Guild affliate The Bottle Yard Studios this Christmas.

    Airing at 7pm on Friday 30th December, Noel Edmonds’ Sell or Swap sees Edmonds return to The Bottle Yard Studios, which was home to hit gameshow Deal or No Deal from 2013 until it completed its final run this autumn.

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  • news85691

    21 Dec 2016

    Follow the trail of Holmes and Watson across London...

    With every year the excitement grows as fans from all over the world track any information they can find about filming, and head to London to catch a glimpse of the stars at work. 

    It’s not just the global fans who look forward to Sherlock on New Year’s Day. At Production Guild affiliate FilmFixer, they look forward to helping out, with Camden’s North Gower Street playing 221B Baker Street.

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  • news85608

    16 Dec 2016

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - new releases from PG members

    In this week's releases from PG members we return to the Star Wars universe some time between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV, A New Hope. Here we are introduced to Jyn Erso a courageous, fugitive rebel who leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star. Rogue One: A star Wars Story is this week's feature film release from PG members.

    In televsion, The Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, In Plain Sight, Trollied, JoshThe Level and Midsomer Murders continue. 

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  • news85587

    16 Dec 2016

    Golden Globe nominations announced

    Congratulations to Production Guild members whose work has been nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Musical film La La Land leads the pack in this year's Golden Globe nominations, with seven nods in total. Damien Chazelle's movie is up for best musical or comedy film, while there are acting nominations for its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Coming-of-age drama Moonlight is close behind with six nominations, including best drama film. In Television the Crow, Game of Thrones and The Night Manger (celebrated at this year's PG awards) are all nominated.

    See the full list of winners below:

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  • news85584

    16 Dec 2016

    UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue

    UK-China collaboration has moved from strength to strength, with a wave of groundbreaking agreements at the 2016 UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue.

    Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP and Chinese Vice Premier, Liu Yandong co-chaired the Dialogue at the Shanghai Tower.

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  • news85583

    16 Dec 2016

    Bafta to introduce a series of diversity measures

    Bafta is to introduce a series of measures aimed at improving diversity among its membership following a ground-breaking survey of its constituents.

    Following a consultation with the BFI and British film producers, the organisation will add the BFI Diversity Standards to the eligibility criteria for the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer categories from 2019.

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  • news85543

    14 Dec 2016

    The CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship Recipients for NFTS announced

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television, has today announced the two recipients of the 2016 CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship for the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Created in memory of the late Richard Attenborough, who served as a patron of both The CTBF and NFTS, the scholarship provides two students each year with a full one-year scholarship to study for an MA at the world-renowned film school.

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  • news85478

    12 Dec 2016

    Helicopter Film Services joins the Production Guild

    We are delighted to announce that aerial filming company Helicopter Film Services have joined the Production Guild as a company affiliate. Helicopter Film Services (HFS) are specialists in aerial filming & aviation services. 

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  • news85423

    09 Dec 2016

    I Am Not a Serial Killer - new releases from PG members

    In this week's new release from PG members, Billy O'Brien's adaptation of Dan Wells's macabre study of a mixed-up teen in the young-adult novel I Am Not a Serial Killer is this week's feature release from PG members.

    In television, The Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, In Plain Sight, Trollied, Josh and The Level continue.

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  • news85382

    07 Dec 2016

    Screen Suffolk launches

    Suffolk’s new county-wide film service officially launches on December 6th at the International Production Show, Focus, in London.

    Pulling together locations, talent, crew sourcing and permitting on behalf of all eight local authorities, the one-stop service aims to make Suffolk the most film friendly county in England. 

    Screen Suffolk director Karen Everett says, “Last year £102 million was spent on film and TV production in the English regions, during 9,000 film days, as UK filming continues to boom.

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  • news85381

    07 Dec 2016

    The curtains up on stage and screen

    Film LondonDirectors UK and Park Theatre have joined forces on a new project to encourage greater creative exchange between the worlds of film, TV and theatre.

    Dubbed Stage & Screen, the new initiative will see producers and directors from film and TV invited to the first matinee performance of new productions at north London’s Park Theatre, followed by intimate talent Q&As and networking sessions with each play’s creators which aim to encourage collaboration, cross-pollination and new working relationships

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  • news85337

    05 Dec 2016

    WFTV Award winners 2016 announced

    Congratulations to Production Guild member Tarn Harper, winner of this year's WFTV Film Finances Project Management Award.

    With an ambition to be an AD, she started as a Runner on a Michael Winner film, somehow ending up in the accounts department - the very last place she expected to be. A number of years as an Assistant Accountant then ensued until she set up Postsums enabling her to grow a team of Post Production Accountants whilst raising a family.

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  • news85311

    05 Dec 2016

    The British Independent Cinema Awards 2016 winners announced

    Congratulations to all of our members whose work was celebrate at The 2016 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) held at Old Billingsgate Market in London on December 4. Andrea Arnold’s American Honey won four awards, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake won two. To read the full list of winners click here.

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  • news85236

    02 Dec 2016

    Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism - this week's releases from PG members

    In this week's feature film release from PG members,  Molly, a young orphan girl, stumbles across an ancient book on hypnotism, and discovers that she has the uncanny knack of putting its theories into practice. Adapted from Georgia Byng’s classic children’s novel Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism is this week's feature release from PG members.

    In television, new productions include BBC docu-drama The Six Wives with Lucy Worsley and ITV detective drama In Plain Sight . Continuing in television is Trollied, Josh, and The Level.

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  • news85201

    02 Dec 2016

    January at the The BFI Southbank

    BFI Southbank kicks off the New Year with a jam-packed programme guaranteed to fend off the January blues. As previously announced, January will see the start of a two month season dedicated to the titan of American cinema Martin Scorsese, coinciding with the release of the highly-anticipated Silence (2016) which is released on Sunday 1 January, as well as the BFI UK-wide re-release of his gangster masterpiece GoodFellas(1990) on Friday 20 January. Also running concurrently will be the two month Martin Scorsese Curates season; this season will comprise 20 films which have been restored by Scorsese’s non-profit organisation The Film Foundation and have all been personally chosen by Scorsese to screen at BFI Southbank.

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  • news85162

    02 Dec 2016

    Toni Erdmann wins Sight & Sound’s Films of the Year 2016

    Sight & Sound – the BFI’s international film magazine – weighs in on the fight for film of the year. The German-Austrian comedy Toni Erdmann tops the poll, written, directed and co-produced by Maren Ade, who is one of three female directors in this year’s Top five, the film goes on UK release 3 February 2017. Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight was voted second place, with Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert, in third place. The annual poll saw over 150 UK and international film critics nominate their top five films from the year and will be available today in full in the January 2017 issue of Sight & Sound and online at www.bfi.org.uk/best-films-2016.

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  • news85066

    30 Nov 2016

    BFI & Radio Times Television festival announce line-up

    The BFI and Radio Times have announced that they have teamed up to create the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, set to be the largest and most prestigious public television festival in the UK, taking place at BFI Southbank from Friday 7 April – Sunday 9 April 2017. The festival will be an unmissable occasion for lovers of the small screen with more than 30 events, the first of which are announced today, including talks with some of the biggest names in broadcasting; exclusive UK and international previews; rare archive screenings; book signings; family programming; a fiendishly tricky TV quiz, and much more besides.

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  • news85005

    29 Nov 2016

    The BFI reveals new 5 year strategy

    At an event in Birmingham today BFI Chair Josh Berger and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill launched BFI2022 - a new five year strategic plan for UK film.  BFI2022 builds on the foundations laid by Film Forever, to create the conditions for a vibrant, national film culture in which independent film is widely enjoyed, as part of a thriving and diverse UK film industry, equipped to meet the rapid changes in the film landscape.

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  • news84980

    29 Nov 2016

    RTS reveals Craft and Design Awards 2016

    The Royal Television Society (RTS), has announced the winners of the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2016 in partnership with Blackmagic Design. The Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production.

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  • news84979

    29 Nov 2016

    Film London announces Microwave shortlist

    Film London, in partnership with the BFI and BBC Films, is pleased to announce the 12 films shortlisted for Microwave, the first-feature scheme for London’s talented emerging filmmakers.

    The selection represents perhaps the initiative’s most diverse shortlist yet, both in terms of the range of projects selected and the filmmakers behind them: this year sees three quarters of the projects helmed by a female director and half of the teams featuring a filmmaker from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

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  • news84877

    28 Nov 2016

    Pinewood, The Story of an Iconic Studio is published

    For eighty years, Production Guild business partner Pinewood Studios has made dreams a reality. Billions of people across the globe, of all ages, from all walks of life have read six words on cinema or television screens: “Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England”.  From hosting super spies and superheroes, Pinewood has been home to a galaxy far, far away, helping create the movies that have made audiences laugh and cry in equal measure. Some of the most glittering careers on both sides of the camera, have been launched behind the iconic gates of Pinewood and 8th December, 2016 sees the publication of a new hardback coffee table book, Pinewood – The Story of an Iconic Studio by Bob McCabe

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  • news84876

    28 Nov 2016

    Technicolor's Wizardly talents brought to Fantastic Beasts

    It’s been five years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2, and now fans finally have a brand new fantasy-action drama to bring them racing back to the wizarding world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new series of five films, was written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut.

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  • news84871

    28 Nov 2016

    Liverpool’s fantastic star turn

    With the release of Warner Bros Pictures’ highly anticipated new feature Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Liverpool awaits its moment to double as 1926 New York  when this exciting new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World hits the big screen.

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  • news84830

    25 Nov 2016

    BBC announces three-series deal of acclaimed drama 'Call the Midwife'

    The BBC announced this week that three more series of multiple award-winning Call The Midwife have been commissioned for BBC One.

    Series seven, eight and nine, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama Commissioning, will consist of three 8x60’ series and three Christmas specials. These series will take the nuns and midwives right into the mid-1960s.

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  • news84800

    24 Nov 2016

    A-listers and Camden are Allied in sweeping historic romance

    Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are in love and raising their baby in Hampstead in Allied, which opens on Friday, November 25th

    The huge production of up to 150 cast and crew made extremely generous donations to local residents while filming on Hampstead’s Christchurch Hill in late March and early April this year. 

    In the sweeping World War II romance, Pitt and Cotillard have left Casablanca for married life in Hampstead, while the blitz continues in London. And it’s here that some of the most suspenseful scenes in the film take place. 

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  • news84783

    24 Nov 2016

    Figure Nine and Briz Kidz Casting join the Bottle Yard's creative hub

    A renowned company specialising in rope access and rigging and a casting agency for young Bristol actors are the latest companies to join the expanding creative hub at The Bottle Yard Studios.

    Figure Nine and Briz Kidz Casting are the newest additions to the on-site business community at the largest TV/film production facility in the West of England, ticking off two more important production needs that are frequently required by incoming productions.

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  • news84779

    24 Nov 2016

    Setkeeper joins the Production Guild

    We are delighted to announce that cloud/mobile software creators Setkeeper have joined the Production Guild as a company affiliate. Setkeeper is a new app designed specifically for TV and film production, allowing line producers and production managers to manage their prep much more efficiently.

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  • news84685

    21 Nov 2016

    The Creative Skillset Series Producer Programme returns

    Following the success of the Series Producer Programme 2016, which saw over 50 percent of participants gain their first Series Producer (SP) roles and credits, Creative Skillset’s TV Skills Fund is supporting the Series Producer Programme 2017 which opens for applications on 23 November.

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  • news84655

    18 Nov 2016

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - new releases

    In this week's feature film release from PG members, JK Rowling recasts her magic 70 years before the birth of Harry Potter when an unassuming wizard called Newt Scamander accidently unleashes magical creatures onto the streets of New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

    In television, My Mother and Other StrangersNWTrollied, Close to the Enemy, Ordinary Lies, Him, The Fall, Josh, The Level, Poldark, and One of Us continue.

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  • news84650

    18 Nov 2016

    Pinewood Atlanta Studios names Frank Patterson as president

    Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the third-largest film studio in the United States, and the largest purpose-built film studio outside of Hollywood, has appointed Frank Patterson as its first president. Patterson will assume the newly created role on  Jan. 1, 2017. He will report to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios board of directors.

    Patterson will provide strategic leadership and oversee the planned expansion of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, ensuring its continued success with film, television, music, video games, digital and other production.

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  • news84637

    17 Nov 2016

    Movietech celebrate 25th Anniversary

    Production Guild company affiliates and independent camera, grip and lens specialists Movietech are proudly celebrating 25 years of support for the cinematographic arts.

    From humble beginnings in North West London where their first fully serviced production was Damage, filmed with Peter Biziou BSC, Movietech have evolved to become renowned as one of the most experienced, reliable team of camera professionals the industry has to offer.

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  • news84636

    17 Nov 2016

    UK Screen and Animation UK join forces

    It has been announced today at the Manimation 2016 conference in Manchester that, after nearly a decade as a voluntary group, Animation UK is to become a membership organization in partnership with the UK Screen Association, under one umbrella organisation to be called the UK Screen Alliance.

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  • news84598

    15 Nov 2016

    Sara Geater new Pact Council Chair

    Sara Geater will be the new Chair of Pact Council from January 2017, after being nominated for the position in the recent Pact Council elections process.

    Sara is the Chief Operating Officer of All3Media and her career to date has spanned TV, film and digital from both the business and creative perspectives. She was at Fremantle Media UK for seven years as COO and then CEO, and prior to this Geater held the post of Head of Commercial Affairs at Channel 4 following a four-year stint as Director of Rights & Business Affairs at the BBC where she negotiated the first Terms of Trade between the BBC and Pact.

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  • news84566

    14 Nov 2016

    The CTBF announce John Brabourne Award Recipients

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television, has today announced the twelve recipients of the 2016 John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).

    A record 250 applications were received for the annual programme that supports individuals in Film & TV who are driven and talented, but who may have faced personal or professional hurdles in developing their career. Each recipient will receive a grant of up to £5,000 to support the next steps of their careers, alongside professional support and talent development from The CTBF.

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  • news84551

    11 Nov 2016

    Kate McLaughlin of We Got POP makes national awards shortlist

    22 extraordinary women whose vision and tenacity have driven their entrepreneurial success have been named as this year’s finalists in the 14th annual NatWest everywoman Awards, the UK’s most prestigious event celebrating the achievements of women business owners. 

    Kate McLaughlin of We Got POP from London has been chosen as a finalist in the Iris Award category, sponsored by Dell – this special Award is given to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business that uses technology in an innovative and disruptive way.

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  • news84518

    11 Nov 2016

    Arrival - new releases from PG members

    In this week's feature film release from PG members, Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic explores the possiblility that mankind is not alone. Dr Louise Banks, a world-renowned professor of comparative linguistics is set to discover what lies in the depths of space. Adapted from the novella Story of Your Life by author Ted Chaig, Arrival is this week's feature from PG members.

    In television, new productions include Northern Ireland drama My Mother and Other Strangers and Mammoth Screen's NW , based on Zadie Smith's novel. Continuing in television is Trollied, Close to the Enemy, Ordinary Lies, Him, The Fall, Josh, The Level, Poldark, Hooten and The Lady, and One of Us.

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  • news84516

    11 Nov 2016

    BBC Three launches Five by Five

    BBC Three’s Five by Five is a series of short films from new writers featuring new on-screen talent working alongside established on-screen talent. Set in London, the five standalone films feature chance encounters people face which question identity and change perception.

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  • news84513

    11 Nov 2016

    The BFI celebrates the work of Ngozi Onwurah

    As part of its BLACK STAR season, the BFI is shining a light on British-Nigerian filmmaker, Ngozi Onwurah and her ground-breaking films. From her short film debut,Coffee Coloured Children in 1988, to her feature debut, Welcome II the Terrordome (1995), where she became the first black British woman director to have a feature film theatrically released in UK cinemas, Ngozi is known for blazing an important trail in the British film industry, bringing challenging storylines and insightful black characters to the screen.

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  • news84496

    10 Nov 2016

    BAFTA Scotland announces winners

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland, BAFTA Scotland, has announced the winners of this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards at a glamorous red carpet ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

    Hosted by Edith Bowman, the Awards celebrated the very best in film, television and games produced over the last year in Scotland, with Bill Paterson, Gary Lewis, James McAvoy, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure among the sterling list of presenters handing out the coveted awards on the night

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  • news84371

    04 Nov 2016

    A Street Cat Named Bob - new releases from PG members

    This week's releases from PG members includes a feline intervention that results in a drug addict (who lived on the streets for more than 10 years) becoming the toast of London in a tale based on James Bowen’s best-selling memoir. Also on release is Tom Ford's deliciously toxic tale of revenge starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in a gripping story of a broken-hearted ex-husband who wreaks vengeance decades later with his unpublished novel. This week's feature film releases from PG members are A Street Cat Named Bob and Nocturnal Animals.

    In television, Damilola: Our Loved Boy revisits the tragic tale of  10-year-old Damilola Taylor, supermarket sitcom Trollied returns and Stephen Poliakoff's Close to the Enemy airs on BBC Two. Ordinary LiesHimThe Fall, Josh, The Level, Poldark, Hooten and The Lady, and One of Us continue.

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  • news84367

    04 Nov 2016

    Beyond Nollywood - Nigerian Cinema in the UK

    As part of its BLACK STAR Season, the BFI will bring to the forefront Nigerian filmmakers who are revolutionising the industry with arthouse, documentary and experimental films. Nollywood has quickly made its mark among international audiences and new filmmakers have emerged, eager to tell new stories and push filmmaking boundaries.

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  • news84354

    04 Nov 2016

    BFI spotlights the great Paul Robeson

    The BFI is celebrating the work of the towering Paul Robeson (1898-1976) as part of its BLACK STAR season and new Black Britain on Film collection, aiming to bring his work and legacy to a new generation of fans. The American-born actor, singer, athlete, lawyer and political activist was a true transatlantic trailblazer with a central role in the American Civil Rights Movement who found fame in the UK and went on to make a significant impact in British film and theatre.

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  • news84352

    04 Nov 2016

    From Islington to the silver screen: Bob and James

    Islington took Bob the cat and his sidekick James very much into their hearts, when the pair were down on their luck, and used to busk outside Angel tube station. 

    A local paper published a story about them, seen by a literary agent, who helped arrange the book deal for A Street Cat Named Bob – which went on to be a best seller. More than one million copies were sold in the UK, it’s been translated into 30 languages and it spent 76 weeks at the top of The Sunday Times bestseller list.

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  • news84351

    04 Nov 2016

    Damilola, Our Loved Boy

    The story of Damilola Taylor’s family coping with their son’s tragic and infamous death has been worked into a film for BBC1, written by Levi David Addai and produced by Minnow Films.  

    Southwark residents will be moved by the film’s familiarity, with many scenes shot locally, reminding us of the news images telling the story from 2000.

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  • news84338

    03 Nov 2016

    'Green' Trollied returns to Sky1

    Series 6 of the much-loved Sky1 sitcom Trollied, made at Production Guild affiliate Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios, begins on Monday 7th November at 9pm, and producers say it is the ‘greenest’ series to date.

    The consistently popular comedy series, produced by Roughcut TV, has been made at The Bottle Yard Studios since it began in 2011. With an ever-growing focus on sustainability throughout the production process, the show has been monitoring its carbon footprint since series 4 using BAFTA’s albert+, a carbon calculator specifically designed for TV production.

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  • news84305

    02 Nov 2016

    Pinewood MBS Lighting extends client list

    Brought in as part of the Pinewood MBS Lighting ongoing investment across an array of new equipment, the company’s sizable collection of ultra-versatile ARRI SkyPanel LED softlights made a recent flying visit to their Pinewood base, only to be prepped ready for immediate despatch.

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