JJ Abrams behind BBC Xmas Adaptation; Idris Elba, Tom Hollander Board – Deadline

JJ Abrams behind BBC Christmas Adaptation; Idris Elba, Tom Hollander on board

JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions Updates International Bestseller The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse for the BBC this Christmas, with Idris Elba, Tom Hollander, Gabriel Byrne and newcomer Jude Coward Nicoll on board. The heartfelt journey narrated in Charlie Mackesy’s novel will be reimagined in full color with hand-drawn traditional animation, as Abrams combines with Cara Speller of NoneMore Productions for the adaptation. Hollander will play the mole, Elba the fox, Byrne the horse and Coward Nicoll will lead as ‘the boy’. Mackesy directs with Peter Baynton, edited with Jon Croker and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sister Isobel Waller-Bridge composes the original score. “Charlie Mackesy’s heartwarming and inspiring story, brought to life by the beautiful animation from NoneMore Productions and Bad Robot Productions, is about the importance of love, kindness and friendship,” said BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore. “It fits perfectly with Christmas on the BBC and reminds us all of what really matters in this world.”

sister drawing I can destroy you Producer Simon Maloney

Chernobyl indie sister signed up I can destroy you producer Simon Maloney as an exec for his growing Northern Sister hub in Northern England. Maloney will focus on high-quality script projects in the region, nurturing diverse talent and working with Jane Featherstone and Elisabeth Murdoch’s Sister teams in London and LA. On his first job, he will work with Scripted’s Northern Sister Creative Director Lucy Dyke to produce ITV and BritBox’s dark comedy thriller passenger, ‘s debut writing project Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan. Maloney has an impressive list of producer credits, including Michaela Coel’s groundbreaking I can destroy you BAFTA Award Winner Time, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, and the third season of Peaky Blinders. Dyke described him as an “inspiring producer whose extraordinary work speaks for itself.”

Canal+ beats Amazon in UEFA Champions League rights bidding war

French pay-TV giant Canal+ has acquired the rights for three seasons of UEFA’s revamped Champions League, from 2024 to 2027. French media reported that the company faced fierce competition from Amazon for the rights. It marks a major coup for Canal+, which has struggled to maintain exclusive access to sporting events, cinema and high-end drama at the heart of its offerings in the face of increased competition from the global platforms. Amazon caused a major stir in France last June after securing the rights to the lion’s share of the country’s Ligue 1 championship for the 2021-2022 season. French reports in March said the platform could also gain rights to the country’s Coupe de France competition, after the French Football Association opened bids for the next three seasons.

Viaplay partners with Paramount Global

Nordic media outfit Viaplay has signed a content licensing agreement with Paramount Global for a wealth of CBS, The CW and Showtime series and box sets. The will of CSI: Vegas and Good Sam will come to the Nordic and Baltic regions as Viaplay, recently rebranded from Nent Group, expands its reach. Other shows included in the deal include: The good woman, Cheers and Elementary. “Paramount is one of Hollywood’s most renowned storytellers, and Viaplay viewers in 10 countries can now enjoy many of the biggest and best shows,” said Filippa Wallestam, Chief Content Officer of Viaplay Group.