Carnival Films

Epix & Julian Fellowes reunite for ‘Belgravia’ sequel series

US network Epix has commissioned Belgravia: The Next Chapter (working title), a continuation of the historical drama that it broadcast in 2020. Produced once again by Carnival Films, as a co-production with Epix Studios, shooting on the eight-part series will commence early next year in the UK, and it will premiere in the winter of 2023. It […]

Carnival Films options Charles Soule’s ‘Anyone’

NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films has picked up the rights to Charles Soule’s Anyone one month ahead of the novel’s publication. Soule, the author of The Oracle Year, is to adapt his highly anticipated novel for TV, in addition to exec producing alongside Carnival boss Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Joanna Strevens. The novel, which will be published […]

ITV readies new drama from Downton Abbey creator

ITV has greenlit Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of his novel Belgravia. NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films, the makers of Downton Abbey, are to produce the period drama. Published in 2016, Belgravia is set in the 1840s and follows the social mixing of established London elite with emerging industrial nouveau riche. The story begins on the […]

Carnival Films launches UK initiative for writers

Downton Abbey producer, Carnival Films, has launched an initiative to nurture and develop a new wave of TV series creators. The ‘Collective’ initiative is a series of in-depth sessions, which will train and guide emerging writers in responding to targeted broadcaster-led briefs and enable to work on their ideas in a collaborative environment. The initiative […]

NBC’s Carnival reshuffles as Neame takes executive chair role

NBCUniversal International has named Gareth Neame as executive chairman of UK-based prodco Carnival Films. Neame, one of international drama’s most well known producers, will be upped from his previous role as managing director, which he has held since 2004. In the new role, he will continue to lead Carnival’s production pipeline and creative vision within […]

NBCU finds Edelstein replacement

Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS). Currently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel (pictured) will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018. He will be in charge of […]

Carnival hires BBC exec as Wall to Wall grows

British producers Wall to Wall and Carnival Films have named new executive producers. Downton Abbey producer Carnival has hired BBC Studios’ Jess Pope (pictured) as executive producer, while, Long Lost Family prodco Wall to Wall has appointed Melissa Brown as executive producer, factual entertainment. NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Carnival wants Pope to develop her own programming, […]

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man debuts on iTunes in US

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man will premiere its first season on iTunes. This is the first time the British drama series will be available in Canada and the US. Produced by Carnival Films for Sky1, the 10x60mins crime drama is based on an idea from comic book writer and TV producer Stan Lee. The series was made […]

Kudos exec transfers to Carnival

Another Kudos creative executive is leaving the Endemol Shine Group-owned UK drama label. Jo Strevens is joining NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Carnival Films as head of development, having held the same role at Humans prodco Kudos. Her exit closely follows that of Humans producer Chris Fry, who left Kudos to rejoin the prodco’s former boss, Jane […]

Comcast eyes international growth but not ITV

NBCUniversal has highlighted the opportunity to grow its international business to put it on more of an equal footing with its big US media rivals, but doesn’t plan to buy UK broadcaster ITV. Speaking at the RTS London Conference – Full Stream Ahead this morning, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke (pictured) praised the company’s UK production […]

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