Disney + dives into Jules Verne; NBCU’s co-pro plans; Jack Thorne denounces the shortcomings of disability – TBI Vision
Disney + unveiled Nautilus, his latest UK-based scripted series, while NBCUniversal has revealed its global co-pro plans and Jack Thorne blasted the industry’s lack of representation of people with disabilities, as the Edinburgh TV Festival 2021 started yesterday.
Speaking at a panel discussion at this year’s hybrid event, Disney EMEA Executives Liam Keelan, Vice President of Original Content, Johanna Devereaux, Director of Written Content and Sean Doyle, Director of Unscripted Content , discussed the latest original Mouse House series for the streamer.
Moonriver TV and Seven Stories in Production on 10-Part Live-Action Drama Series Nautilus, which is based on the classic novel by Jules Verne 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, and will reveal the origins of the iconic Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus.
Developed and co-produced by Xavier Marchand of Moonriver TV and Anand Tucker of Seven Stories, Nautilus is written and produced by James Dormer and produced by Devereaux for Disney. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2022.
“The story of Jules Verne is a classic loved around the world. It is a tremendous privilege to bring the Nautilus and its crew back to life in such a bold and exciting way, with a diverse team of creative talent and on-screen characters, ”said Devereaux.
Executives also shared other details about the casting of two previously announced Star originals, with Rosa Salazar set to lead a romantic comedy action thriller. Wedding season and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett now confirmed for Heist series The guilty.
All three shows are part of Disney’s ongoing commitment to research, develop and produce 50 original productions in Europe by 2024.
Real crime and global co-pros
Speaking in a separate group session, Susan Rovner, president of entertainment content for NBCUniversal TV and streaming, revealed that the streaming service Peacock is looking to engage in true criminal content and global co-productions, while NBC seeks to develop more limited series. .
As part of this strategy, it was revealed yesterday that Peacock had ordered Irreverent, a new 10-episode drama series, which will be a co-production between Peacock and Netflix Australia.
The series originates from Matchbox Pictures, which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, and is created by Paddy Macrae (Wanted to). It will be and set in Australia and tell the story of a Chicago criminal who spoils a heist and is forced into hiding in a small Australian reef town in far north Queensland posing as the new reverend. from the church.
The series will be produced by Debbie Lee and Andrew Knight, while Tom Hoffie and Paddy Macrae will be the producers.
Rovner also revealed yesterday that NBCUniversal signed an expanded deal with To have talent and The X factor creator Simon Cowell, who will see him produce and appear in a new unscripted series for Peacock.
The flaws of television handicap
English playwright and playwright Jack Thorne delivered this year’s MacTaggart talk at the festival, in which he concluded that: “Television has let people with disabilities down. Totally and totally.
Pointing out the lack of discussion around the portrayal of disability in front of and behind the camera, Thorne said: “Gender, race, sexuality, all are rightly discussed at length. The handicap is relegated. In conversations about representation, in action plans and planning for the new era, disability is confined to the corner, there remains an afterthought.
“The actors – actors I admire – took on roles they shouldn’t have had; I have been complicit in some of these decisions. The producers ignored the disabled writers. The commissioners did not take the opportunity to tell stories of the disabled. There are very few disabled people in front of the camera, let alone behind. “
Seeking to resolve the problem, the Its dark materials and This is england The writer has announced the creation of a new lobby group named Underlying Health Condition that will work on a plan to bring about industrial change.
“With a dedicated fund, we can make every space accessible and create rules for building other spaces,” Thorne said. “Not just inside the studios, but also outside the facilities. This fund will cost us relatively little as an industry and will make a huge difference in increasing those percentages behind the scenes. “