or


[11/04/11 - 05:07 AM]
Sundance Channel Signs on to Co-Produce Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake"
Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan and David Wenham star in the seven-part project, written by Campion and Gerard Lee.

[via press release from Sundance Channel]

SUNDANCE CHANNEL SIGNS ON TO CO-PRODUCE JANE CAMPION'S "TOP OF THE LAKE"

SEVEN PART MINI-SERIES FROM SEE-SAW FILMS TO BE DIRECTED BY OSCAR(R) WINNER JANE CAMPION; WRITTEN BY JANE CAMPION AND GERARD LEE

ACCLAIMED CAST INCLUDES THREE-TIME EMMY(R) NOMINATED ELISABETH MOSS, OSCAR(R) WINNER HOLLY HUNTER AND BAFTA(R) NOMINEE PETER MULLAN

New York, NY, November 4, 2011 - Sundance Channel announced today it has signed with BBC Worldwide to co-produce Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE, an original scripted project. The seven part mini-series will be directed by Oscar(R) winner Jane Campion ("The Piano," "Portrait of a Lady") and Australian director Garth Davis, and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee ("Sweetie"). The project stars SAG(R) winner and three time Emmy(R) nominated actress Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men," "On the Road"). Holly Hunter, who won a Best Actress Oscar(R) for her performance in Campion's "The Piano," also stars alongside BAFTA(R) nominee Peter Mullan ("War Horse," "Trainspotting") and AFI Award winning actor David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Australia).

The announcement comes on the heels of two Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for Sundance Channel's first scripted drama "Carlos," as well as the recently announced scripted dramas "Rectify" and "Appropriate Adult."

Produced by Academy Award(R) winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King's Speech, Shame) of See-Saw Films, and Philippa Campbell (Black Sheep) of Escapade Pictures, TOP OF THE LAKE is a powerful and haunting mystery about the search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find. Set in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the story follows the disappearance of a five months pregnant 12-year-old named Tui who was last seen standing chest deep in a frozen lake. In this classic mythic struggle, investigating detective, Robin Griffin (Moss), must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui's father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women's camp. Robin will find this the case that tests her limits and sends her on a journey of self-discovery.

Sarah Barnett, General Manager and EVP of Sundance Channel commented, "'Top of the Lake' is an emotional exploration into the depths of the human spirit. We are thrilled to collaborate with visionary Jane Campion and embark on another scripted project featuring top talent and engaging original storytelling."

Jane Campion states, "I am in love with the intense beauty of southern most New Zealand and am excited to be setting a story in this end of the world paradise. To be able to tell the story over six hours gives myself and my brilliant team a chance to make something truly absorbing and memorable".

Emile Sherman and Iain Canning commented, "We are so thrilled to be working with Jane Campion and the incredibly talented collaborators who have come on board this unique series. To have Jane turn her creative energy to longer form drama is further proof of how exciting television has become, a key medium for sophisticated and original storytelling."

TOP OF THE LAKE Executive Producer for Sundance Channel is Christian Vesper. TOP OF THE LAKE is co-produced by Sundance Channel, BBC TWO, and UKTV in Australia and New Zealand. The deal was brokered by Jemma Adkins, SVP, TV Sales & Co-Productions - Fiction, BBC Worldwide Americas. BBC Worldwide distributes the television series internationally.

The series, written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Jane Campion and Australian director Garth Davis, will commence filming in February 2012 in Queenstown, New Zealand, marking the first production Jane Campion will film in her homeland since 1993's "The Piano."

###

About Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel is the destination for What's Next, Now. Showcasing both today's creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells credible, authentic, and emotionally immersive stories of Invention, Fashion, Film, Travel, Design, and Enterprise. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc, Sundance Channel provides perspectives dedicated to founder Robert Redford's mission to celebrate creativity. sundancechannel.com

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the license fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures and Magazines, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of �160 million on sales of �1158 million and returned �182m to the BBC.

About AMC Networks Inc.

Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming feed origination and distribution company.





  [november 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· APPROPRIATE ADULT (SUNDANCE)
· CARLOS (SUNDANCE)
· MAD MEN (AMC)
· RECTIFY (SUNDANCE)
· TOP OF THE LAKE (SUNDANCE)





[07/26/17 - 09:02 AM]
Award-Winning Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Expands Creative Partnership with Oprah Winfrey Via First-Look Deal with Harpo Films for Television and Digital Media
Additionally, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced it has renewed for a third season DuVernay's critically acclaimed original drama series "Queen Sugar."

[07/26/17 - 09:00 AM]
Lynn Sadofsky Joins Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel Programming Teams
Sadofsky will work with programmers to develop new series, manage show production and cultivate new talent.

[07/26/17 - 08:30 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Coast to Victory
The Peacock once again eclipses the competition in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/26/17 - 06:02 AM]
AMC Launches The Walking Dead Fan Rewards Club and The Walking Dead Subscription Box (Working Title) in September
The latter service will be $49.99 each quarter and fans can begin signing up in late September.

[07/25/17 - 02:33 PM]
Video: National Geographic Summer TCA Trailers
Get your first look at scripted entries "The Long Road Home," "The State" and more!

[07/25/17 - 01:09 PM]
Legendary Survivalist Les Stroud Set to Return to TV in "Alaska's Grizzly Gauntlet" on Nat Geo WILD
"Les Stroud has inspired millions of people to explore the wild like no one else," said Geoff Daniels.

[07/25/17 - 01:08 PM]
National Geographic Begins Filming Season 2 of the Critically Acclaimed Series "Mars"
This second season's six-part arc jumps ahead several years into the future after the Daedalus astronauts have built a full-fledged colony - Olympus Town.

[07/25/17 - 01:07 PM]
National Geographic and Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron Mark 20th Anniversary of Blockbuster Film Titanic with One-Hour Documentary Global Event Special
"Titanic: 20th Anniversary" will look back at all the critical choices made during the film and put them to the test against a wealth of new sources - including new underwater footage, computer-generated simulation and scholarly research.

[07/25/17 - 01:06 PM]
National Geographic Honors Pioneering Primatologist's Legacy in "Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist," with Journal Entries Read by Sigourney Weaver
This is the story of one woman's extraordinary destiny, new insights into her murder and her battle to save the greatest primate on Earth.

[07/25/17 - 01:05 PM]
National Geographic Announces New Season of "StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson" Following Third Emmy(R) Nomination to Return in October
Each episode features an intimate interview between Tyson and a guest from pop culture, politics, sports or news, in which they discuss how science and technology have affected their lives and careers.

[07/25/17 - 01:04 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Unleashes the Wild Side of Costa Rica in New Season of Digital Series "Untamed"
In its second season, "Untamed" will give audiences an immersive experience into the most unique and unimaginable wildlife stories that Costa Rica has to offer.

[07/25/17 - 01:03 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Greenlights "The Road to Westminster," An All-Access Look at What It Takes to Be Best in Show
This is a peek behind the curtain of the Super Bowl for dogs.

[07/25/17 - 01:02 PM]
National Geographic, Martha Raddatz, and Lincoln Square Productions Announce Greenlight of Companion Documentary Special to Upcoming Drama "The Long Road Home"
"The Long Road Home" scripted series and its companion documentary special will air globally in November.

[07/25/17 - 01:01 PM]
National Geographic Documentary Films Presents "Diana: In Her Own Words"
The special weaves archival footage and photography with these rarely heard recordings and is the latest presentation under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner.

[07/25/17 - 11:04 AM]
Season Four of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's "Broad City" Premieres Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central(R)
The series moves back from its previously announced Wednesday, August 23 premiere.