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DANCING LEDGE TO MAKE LEE CHILD SERIES DANCING Ledge Productions has announced a partnership with best-selling novelist Lee Child to produce Lee Child: True Crime, a series which dramatises the stories of real-life men and women who have been driven to stand up and put their lives on the line, fighting for justice in the face of great danger, stories that have the same mythic compulsion as Lee Child’s novels, which include the Jack Reacher series. Lee Child is published in over 100 territories worldwide and translated into 40 languages. A Jack Reacher book is sold globally every nine seconds and he is the only mega-brand author to have increased sales year-on-year over the last decade. The films of his novels have made $400m at the box office and his latest novel, Past Tense, was a number one best-seller simultaneously in the UK and US. The company and author are currently discussing the project with potential showrunners. “We all read thrillers and watch movies where an average person goes to extraordinary lengths to defend a family or tribe, or to seek justice. It turns out that reality goes even further — we have some amazing stories to tell, some of them barely believable, but they’re all true,” Child said.

Best-selling author Lee Child

Reinvent Studios in Cannes on the crest of a new Nordic wave REINVENT Studios was established by industry veterans including CEO Rikke Ennis, former CEO of TrustNordisk, last year to package, finance and sell Nordic content, with Helene Auro also joining the team as sales and marketing director. During 20 years at DR, Auro oversaw the sales of high-end Danish dramas like The Killing and Borgen. “Rikke and I go back to the beginning of Nordic Noir, and we are still riding that wave,” Auro told MIPTV News, referring to acclaimed Scandinavian crime series including The Bridge. She added that the region is now producing a much broader range of scripted TV series and feature films that Reinvent is ready to package and sell globally. Having announced an output deal with Sweden’s legendary SF Studios, who in addition to features produce around eight TV series annually, Reinvent is coming to MIPTV with a raft of content that it is also co-creating. In addition to presenting two new Icelandic series — the

dramedy Ordinary People, and relationship drama Happily Never After — Reinvent is at MIPTV to pitch a crime series called Trom, set in the Faroe Islands, which it is developing with writer Torfinnur Jakupsson, and which has already generated a lot of interest.

“It’s the essence of Reinvent, because it starts out as a tiny project from a scriptwriter with a lot of talent,” Rikke Ennis told MIPTV News, before the concept is tweaked, packaged and marketed. As a result, Trom has quickly generated interest from the Benelux, France and Germany.

Reinvent Studios’ Rikke Ennis (left) and Helene Auro

DQ and Red Square ink Jungle Book deal DQ INTERNATIONAL, producers of The Jungle Book for TV, this week signed a deal with Russian production company Red Square to co-produce a theatrical movie based on the series. “Following the success of our three TV series of The Jungle Book, it makes sense to go up the value chain and make a theatrical movie,” said DQ chief executive Tapaas Chakravarti. “We’re also extending the target audience from kids to family, and ageing up Mowgli accordingly.” “We’re very excited to be working with Red Square,” said chief operating officer Manoj Mishra. “DQ will handle the writing and much

of the animation, and Red Square will bring some of the finance and more CGI.” Red Square is

the first of several co-production partnerships DQ hopes to sign for this new project.

Celebrating The Jungle Book film deal in the Palais: DQ’s Manoj Mishra (left) and Tapaas Chakravarti, with Red Square CEO Maxim Lysov

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