Sony Pictures Television Options Lizzy Barber’s ‘Out Of Her Depth’
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has chosen Lizzy Barber’s psychological thriller From Her Depth and will develop into a TV show, with emerging British author Matilda Curtis adapting. Luke Scrase’s Golden Gate Studios, which has a first look agreement with SPT, will produce the adaptation, which is not yet connected to a network. Published late last year, From Her Depth takes place in the Tuscan summer and follows Rachel, a wayward woman who got the job of a lifetime at the Villa Medici Hotel. When she asks her new friend Diana to help her win the love of the attractive and charming Sebastian, she thinks that she may finally have a chance to become part of their world, but when she discovers that Diana may be her own intentions, she begins to know the real cost of friendship. Barber will also co-produce with Scrase and Brendan Fitzgerald. Curtis currently writes BBC pilot Dinosaur, manufactured by Flea bag indie Two Brothers Pictures.
Myanmar Documentary Set for Channel 4
Channel 4 will investigate three major massacres in Myanmar through a one-off documentary by local young activists, highlighting how the military has committed potential war crimes with soldiers systematically targeting peaceful protesters. Filmed over the course of a year by Burmese activists, MYANMAR: The Forgotten Revolution of Evan Williams Productions will provide a report on how the nation fell into a civil war when Myanmar’s army tried to suppress a civil uprising. The film includes exclusive video footage and eyewitness reports, which for the first time reveal evidence of potential war crimes committed by the military in three major massacres. “By risking their lives to film this documentary, these brave young activists have provided a compelling case that Myanmar’s senior military leadership has been found guilty of crimes against humanity,” said CEO Evan Williams.
BBC E-learning platform BBC Maestro enters North America
BBC Maestro, the commercial online education platform developed and operated by Maestro Media under license from BBC Studios Distribution, is launched in the US. The platform contains a range of extensive, in-depth master classes from experts and enables participants to enjoy new areas. to learn from the comfort of their own home. Previously only available in the UK, the subscription service will be used as screenwriter and showrunner Jed Mercurio, DJ Mark Ronson, comic book writer Alan Moore, entrepreneur Peter Jones and dog trainer Steve Mann. Upcoming classes include courses by theater and film director Sam Mendes, fiction writer Lee Child, actor and comedian Sir Billy Connolly, activis Hon. Baroness Doreen Lawrence, filmmaker Edgar Wright, and musical theater lyricist Sir Tim Rice.