FINALE EPISODE OF SUNDANCE NOW’S GRIPPING THRILLER CLOSE TO ME





FINALE EPISODE OF SUNDANCE NOW’S GRIPPING THRILLER CLOSE TO ME STARRING CONNIE NIELSEN AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON DEBUTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

“This brisk mystery keeps viewers guessing.” – TV Guide

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Sundance Now is excited to unveil a sneak peek clip from the finale episode of Close to Me, premiering on Thursday, January 20 on Sundance Now and AMC+. Based on Amanda Reynolds’ magnetic and unsettling novel of the same name, Close to Me follows Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman 1984, The Following, The Good Wife) a woman who seems to have it all, until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as she imagined and that someone will do all they can to keep a terrible secret from her.

Close to Me also stars BAFTA-Nominated Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, The Leftovers), is written by Angela Pell (Snow Cake, Gifted), directed by Michael Samuels (The Windermere Children, The Missing, Any Human Heart) and is produced by All3Media.

Episode 6 – Airing Thursday, January 20 on Sundance Now and AMC+

Jo goes ‘AWOL’ with her father, until a buried childhood trauma resurfaces and forces her back home to confront Rob. Jo sets the family up for a big revelation and finally learns the appalling truth about what happened the night of her accident.



Video: Apple TV+ Releases Trailer for Highly Anticipated Workplace Thriller “Severance”





Video: Apple TV+ Releases Trailer for Highly Anticipated Workplace Thriller “Severance” Ahead of February 18 Global Premiere
“Severance” will launch globally on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes on February 18, followed by new weekly installments, each Friday during its nine-episode season.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple TV+ releases trailer for highly anticipated workplace thriller “Severance” ahead of February 18 global premiere

Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus, and Christopher Walken lead star-studded cast of new series from director and executive producer Ben Stiller

Today Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for “Severance,” its highly anticipated new workplace thriller series starring Adam Scott, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette, Emmy Award winner John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus, and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken.

From director and executive producer Ben Stiller, and creator Dan Erickson, “Severance” will launch globally on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes on February 18, 2022, followed by new weekly installments, each Friday during its nine-episode season.

In “Severance,” Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.

The series is written and created by Dan Erickson. Mark Friedman, Chris Black, John Cameron and Andrew Colville are executive producers alongside Erickson. Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn executive produce through Red Hour Productions, and both Patricia Arquette and Adam Scott serve as producers. Endeavor Content serves as the studio.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.



Apple TV+ Debuts Trailer for Highly Anticipated Thriller Series “Suspicion”





Video: Apple TV+ Debuts Trailer for Highly Anticipated Thriller Series “Suspicion,” Premiering Globally on February 4, 2022
When the son of a prominent American businesswoman (Uma Thurman) is kidnapped from a New York hotel, the eye of suspicion quickly falls on four seemingly ordinary British citizens who were at the hotel on the night in question.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple TV+ debuts trailer for highly anticipated thriller series “Suspicion,” premiering globally on February 4, 2022

Apple TV+ today unveils the trailer for the highly anticipated thriller series “Suspicion,” which is set to premiere globally on Friday, February 4, 2022. The eight-episode, heart-pounding drama starring Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction”), will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday.

When the son of a prominent American businesswoman (Thurman) is kidnapped from a New York hotel, the eye of suspicion quickly falls on four seemingly ordinary British citizens who were at the hotel on the night in question. As they find themselves in a trans-Atlantic cat and mouse race to evade the combined forces of the National Crime Agency and the FBI to prove their innocence, it becomes apparent that not everyone can be trusted. Who is really behind the mysterious abduction, and who is only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

In addition to Thurman, the ensemble cast for “Suspicion” includes Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”), Noah Emmerich (“The Americans”), Georgina Campbell (“Black Mirror”), Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Tom Rhys-Harries (“White Lines”), Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion”) and Angel Coulby (“Dancing on the Edge”).

With BAFTA Award nominee Rob Williams (“Man in the High Castle”) serving as showrunner and executive producer, “Suspicion” is based on the award-winning Israeli series “False Flag,” and is produced out of the UK by Keshet Productions, Keshet International’s UK production arm. Alongside Williams, executive producers include Emmy Award nominee Chris Long (“The Americans”), who also directs, Howard Burch for Keshet Productions, Avi Nir for Keshet Media Group and Anna Winger. The series is produced by Darin McLeod (“Watchmen”).

Apple TV+ is home to award-winning Apple Originals from today’s most imaginative storytellers. Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 192 wins and 788 award nominations and counting.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.*

For more information, visit apple.com/tvpr and see the full list of supported devices.

*Special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. One offer per Family Sharing group. Plans automatically renew until cancelled. Other restrictions and terms apply; visit apple.com/promo for more information.



Steven Soderbergh’s Thriller “KIMI,” Starring Zoe Kravitz, Streaming Exclusively on HBO Max





Steven Soderbergh’s Thriller “KIMI,” Starring Zoe Kravitz, Streaming Exclusively on HBO Max Beginning February 10, 2022
The film also stars Byron Bowers, Jaime Camil, Erika Christensen, Derek DelGaudio, Robin Givens, Charles Halford, Devin Retray, Jacob Vargas, with Rita Wilson.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Steven Soderbergh’s Thriller “KIMI,” Starring Zoë Kravitz, Streaming Exclusively on HBO Max Beginning February 10, 2022

BURBANK, Calif. — Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director Steven Soderbergh’s original thriller “KIMI,” from New Line Cinema and HBO Max, will stream exclusively on HBO Max beginning February 10, 2022.

The film stars Zoë Kravitz (upcoming “The Batman”), Byron Bowers (“No Sudden Move”), Jaime Camil (“Schmigadoon”), Erika Christensen (“Traffic”), Derek DelGaudio (“Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself”), Robin Givens (“Riverdale”), Charles Halford (“Logan Lucky”), Devin Retray (“Side Effects”), Jacob Vargas (“The 33”), with Rita Wilson (the “Mamma Mia!” films).

Soderbergh, whose most recent film for the streamer was the star-studded “No Sudden Move” and who is next returning for “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” directed “KIMI” from a script by acclaimed screenwriter David Koepp. Soderbergh’s frequent collaborator Michael Polaire and Koepp produced.

From New Line Cinema and HBO Max, “KIMI” is rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality.

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Apple TV+ New Workplace Thriller “Severance” Unveils Teaser Trailer





Video: Apple TV+ New Workplace Thriller “Severance,” from Director and Executive Producer Ben Stiller, Unveils Teaser Trailer and Sets Global Premiere Date for February 18, 2022
Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott, Britt Lower, John Turturro, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus and Christopher Walken star in the series.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple TV+ New Workplace Thriller “Severance,” from Director and Executive Producer Ben Stiller, Unveils Teaser Trailer and Sets Global Premiere Date for February 18, 2022

New series reunites Stiller with Patricia Arquette, who stars alongside Adam Scott, Britt Lower, John Turturro, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus and Christopher Walken

Apple TV+ has unveiled a teaser trailer and a premiere date for its highly anticipated new drama series, “Severance,” from director and executive producer Ben Stiller (“Escape at Dannemora,” “Tropic Thunder”), and creator Dan Erickson, which will launch globally on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes on February 18, 2022, followed by new weekly installments, each Friday during its nine-episode season.

In “Severance,” Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.

“Severance” reunites Emmy and DGA Award winner Ben Stiller with Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora,” “Boyhood”), who stars alongside Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” “Step Brothers”), Emmy Award winner John Turturro (“The Plot Against America,” “The Night Of”), Britt Lower (“High Maintenance,” “Casual”), Zach Cherry (“You,” “Succession”), Dichen Lachman (“Jurassic World: Dominion,” “Altered Carbon”), Jen Tullock (“Before You Know It,” “Bless This Mess”), Tramell Tillman (“Hunters,” Dietland”), Michael Chernus (“Orange is the New Black,” “Patriot”) and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken.

The series is written and created by Dan Erickson. Mark Friedman, Chris Black, John Cameron and Andrew Colville are executive producers alongside Erickson. Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn executive produce through Red Hour Productions, and both Patricia Arquette and Adam Scott serve as producers. Endeavor Content serves as the studio.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.



“Suspicion,” Starring Uma Thurman, to Premiere Globally Friday, February 4





High-Octane Apple Original Thriller “Suspicion,” Starring Uma Thurman, to Premiere Globally Friday, February 4, 2022 on Apple TV+
When the son of a prominent American businesswoman (Thurman) is kidnapped from a New York hotel, the eye of suspicion quickly falls on four seemingly ordinary British citizens who were at the hotel on the night in question.
[via press release from Apple]
High-octane Apple Original thriller “Suspicion,” starring Uma Thurman, to premiere globally Friday, February 4, 2022 on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ today revealed the premiere date and a first look at the highly anticipated thriller series “Suspicion,” which will make its worldwide debut on Friday, February 4, 2022. The eight-episode, heart-pounding drama, starring Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction”), will premiere globally on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday.

When the son of a prominent American businesswoman (Thurman) is kidnapped from a New York hotel, the eye of suspicion quickly falls on four seemingly ordinary British citizens who were at the hotel on the night in question. As they find themselves in a trans-Atlantic cat and mouse race to evade the combined forces of the National Crime Agency and the FBI to prove their innocence, it becomes apparent that not everyone can be trusted. Who is really behind the mysterious abduction, and who is only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

In addition to Thurman, the ensemble cast for “Suspicion” includes Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”), Noah Emmerich (“The Americans”), Georgina Campbell (“Black Mirror”), Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion”), Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Tom Rhys-Harries (“White Lines”) and Angel Coulby (“Dancing on the Edge”).

With BAFTA Award nominee Rob Williams (“Man in the High Castle”) serving as showrunner and executive producer, “Suspicion” is based on the award-winning Israeli series “False Flag,” and is produced out of the UK by Keshet Productions, Keshet International’s UK production arm. Alongside Williams, executive producers include Emmy Award nominee Chris Long (“The Americans”), who also directs, Howard Burch for Keshet Productions, Avi Nir for Keshet Media Group and Anna Winger. The series is produced by Darin McLeod (“Watchmen”).

Apple TV+ is home to award-winning Apple Originals from today’s most imaginative storytellers. Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 183 wins and 689 awards nominations in less than two years.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.*

For more information, visit apple.com/tvpr and see the full list of supported devices.

*Special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. One offer per Family Sharing group. Plans automatically renew until cancelled. Other restrictions and terms apply; visit apple.com/promo for more information.



SNEAK PEEK CLIP! SUNDANCE NOW’S GRIPPING SIX-PART THRILLER CLOSE TO ME





SUNDANCE NOW’S GRIPPING SIX-PART THRILLER CLOSE TO ME STARRING CONNIE NIELSEN AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON DEBUTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

Connie Nielsen in Close to Me

WATCH SNEAK PEEK CLIP HERE

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Sundance Now is excited to unveil a sneak peek clip from the premiere episode of Close to Me, premiering on Thursday, December 16 on Sundance Now and AMC+, with new episodes streaming weekly. Based on Amanda Reynolds’ magnetic and unsettling novel of the same name, Close to Me follows Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman 1984, The Following, The Good Wife) a woman who seems to have it all, until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as she imagined and that someone will do all they can to keep a terrible secret from her.

Close to Me also stars BAFTA-Nominated Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, The Leftovers), is written by Angela Pell (Snow Cake, Gifted), directed by Michael Samuels (The Windermere Children, The Missing, Any Human Heart) and is produced by All3Media.

Episode 1 – Premieres Thursday, December 16 on Sundance Now and AMC+

After a fall, Jo’s lost all memory of her last year. On returning home from hospital, she begins to have flashbacks that make her question if the fall really was an accident. Why is her husband keeping secrets? And who is the stranger in her memories?



SK Global Acquires Dean Koontz #1 Bestselling Collection Of “Nameless” Thrillers





SK Global Acquires Dean Koontz #1 Bestselling Collection Of “Nameless” Thrillers for Series Adaptation
The series project is part of the recently announced first-look pact between SK Global and Henry Golding.
[via press release from SK Global]
SK GLOBAL ACQUIRES DEAN KOONTZ #1 BESTSELLING COLLECTION OF “NAMELESS” THRILLERS FOR SERIES ADAPTATION

HENRY GOLDING TO STAR IN AND PRODUCE ALONGSIDE SK GLOBAL

THE MAZUR KAPLAN COMPANY TO CO-PRODUCE

LOS ANGELES, CA, DECEMBER 7, 2021 – SK Global has acquired the rights to #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz’s latest series of 12 propulsive short thrillers for series development with Henry Golding set to star, it was announced by SK Global Co-CEO’s John Penotti and Charlie Corwin, and SK Global President of Global Television, Marcy Ross. SK Global will produce in partnership with The Mazur Kaplan Company and Henry Golding’s Long House Productions.

The series project is part of the recently announced first-look pact between SK Global and Henry Golding. Nameless will be executive produced by Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Charlie Corwin and Marcy Ross and for SK Global, Henry Golding via his Long House Productions label, and Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan for Mazur Kaplan.

The series of short thrillers follow Nameless, a man who – behind a wall of amnesia – can’t remember anything. Maybe he can’t bear to. He knows only the mission, assigned by a shadowy agency, and travels the country turning predators into prey and dispensing justice when the law fails. As he moves from town to town, the pain of his past can’t hold him back, until dark and splintered visions lead him toward his greatest test yet.

The Nameless series, published by Amazon Original Stories, held all top 12 positions on the Kindle Singles Best Seller list during the month after the final story was published in June 2021.

Henry Golding states, “I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of telling a mystery thriller in an episodic format. But to work with the master of suspense thrillers – Dean Koontz’s Nameless is beyond my expectations. To bring this exceptional series to the screen with my partners SK Global and Mazur Kaplan will be an exhilarating journey as we look to bring a fresh and unique take on Dean’s characters.”

Dean Koontz adds, “I’m delighted to have my material in the hands of such dedicated and accomplished producers, and when I heard the name Henry Golding, I shouted, ‘YES!’ Mr. Golding will be perfect and unforgettable as Nameless.”

SK Global’s John Penotti, Charlie Corwin and Marcy Ross state, “Dean Koontz’s Nameless is one of those rare page-turning series that immediately hooks audiences and never lets up. The non-stop action and intrigue set a perfect stage for the type of global storytelling we strive for at SK Global, and we’re overjoyed for the opportunity to develop this series alongside our exceptional partners Henry Golding and Mazur Kaplan.”

The Mazur Kaplan Company co-founders Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan add, “As a books-to-screen company, Mazur Kaplan is delighted about our continuing special relationship with SK Global and joining this collaboration with them and Henry Golding to create a unique, compelling man of mystery: Nameless, based on the superb Dean Koontz series.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of SK Global by their Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Brian Kornreich.

Henry Golding’s upcoming credits include Netflix’s updated Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion opposite Dakota Johnson playing the nefarious Mr. Elliot. Additionally, Golding continues his run as an action hero with the thriller Assassin’s Club, also starring Noomi Rapace, Sam Neil and Daniella Melchoir. Recent credits include Paramount’s Snake Eyes, the critically acclaimed BBC film Monsoon helmed by Hong Khao (Lilting) and Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen opposite Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant. Golding also hails from the uber successful Crazy Rich Asians of which SK Global was a producer.

Author Dean Koontz’s books are published in 38 languages and have sold over 500 million copies to date. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on The New York Times hardcover bestseller list, making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Sixteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His books have also been major bestsellers internationally including in Japan and Sweden. He is represented by Richard Pine and Kimberly Witherspoon of InkWell Management, Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company, and attorneys Richard Heller, Amy Nickin and Jennifer Batista at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

This acquisition is one of many prominent television projects now in active development at SK Global, including a series adaptation of the bestselling novel Billion Dollar Whale developed in partnership with Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and with acclaimed playwright and screenwriter David Henry Hwang adapting; Japanese author Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s international bestseller, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, recently optioned for series development in partnership with producer Gail Berman (Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, The Addams Family); and the untitled Thai Cave Rescue limited series for Netflix currently filming in Thailand.

Additionally as part of their first look deal, SK Global and Mazur Kaplan are developing acclaimed Ghanaian writer and academic Peace Adzo Medie’s novel His Only Wife, with Nana Mensah (Queen of Glory) adapting; best-selling authors Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch’s non-fiction hit The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President-and Why It Failed, with Nia DaCosta (Candyman, Captain Marvel 2) directing and co-producing and Camilla Blackett (New Girl, Newsroom) writing; and award-winning author Tim Johnston’s mystery, The Current, with Emmy nominated writer Miki Johnson (Ozark, Ray Donovan) adapting and filmmaker and screenwriter Susanna Fogel (The Flight Attendant, Booksmart) directing.

The Mazur Kaplan Company’s recent projects include the Focus Features drama Let Him Go starring Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Lesley Manville, written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, and All the Bright Places starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, directed by Brett Haley, and released on Netflix in 2020. Other Mazur Kaplan films include The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, directed by Mike Newell, with Lily James and Michiel Huisman starring, and The Man Who Invented Christmas, directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer.

Golding is repped by CAA, Megan Silverman Management and attorney Rick Genow.

ABOUT SK GLOBAL

With operations in Los Angeles, New York, Mumbai, and Singapore, SK Global is a unique, independent entertainment company committed to the finance, development and production of premium global content for international and local market audiences. Co-founded by Co-Chairmen Sidney Kimmel and Robert Friedland, and co-CEO John Penotti, SK Global wholly owns the production subsidiaries Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures. Industry veteran Charlie Corwin serves as co-CEO alongside Penotti. Selected as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2020 in the Film and TV sector, SK Global produces studio feature films and television programing in English-language and local-language formats alike. The Company’s upcoming projects include season two of their breakout Hindi-language Netflix series Delhi Crime, the first season of which won an International Emmy for Best Drama; and a slate of features as part of the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe developed in partnership with filmmaker Joko Anwar for Disney Hotstar+ in Indonesia. SK Global is currently filming Netflix’s Thai Cave Rescue limited series in Thailand with Jon M. Chu and Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya co-producing and co-directing. In addition, the Company is actively developing The Baccarat Machine with Awkwafina starring, an adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan’s latest bestseller Sex and Vanity in partnership with Sony Pictures, and an adaptation of the bestselling novel Billion Dollar Whale which offers a definitive account of Malaysia’s shocking 1MDB money-laundering scandal. Among SK Global’s recent studio film and television productions are the English-language feature India Sweets and Spices, a culturally specific diaspora comedy set in an Indian-American community released via Bleeker Street Media, the hit Apple TV+ feature Palmer starring Justin Timberlake and directed by Fisher Stevens, the Oscar-nominated Best Picture Hell or High Water, the Golden Globe-nominated box office hit Crazy Rich Asians, the award-winning Korean thriller The Wailing from director Na Hong-jin; and the #1 Indonesian box office hit Impetigore, directed by Joko Anwar and selected by the country as its national representative in the 2021 Academy Awards best international feature film category. The Company’s current library consists of more than 100 feature film and television projects, including The Place Beyond the Pines, The Age of Adaline, United 93, the five-time Academy Award-nominated In the Bedroom, Swimfan, A Prairie Home Companion, and Ghoul. Several films in SK Global’s library are being adapted for local-language film and television remake opportunities around the world.

ABOUT THE MAZUR KAPLAN COMPANY

Award-winning producer Paula Mazur and nationally recognized independent bookseller Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books, joined forces to create The Mazur Kaplan Company, with the objective of identifying, optioning, and producing literary properties for film and TV. Mazur, Kaplan, and vice president Kimi Armstrong Stein have grown the company into a leading producer of high quality, commercial film and television, and have numerous projects in all stages of development and production. Mazur Kaplan projects include the dramatic feature Let Him Go starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, released via Focus Features in fall 2020. The Company’s recent productions include Netflix’s February 2020 hit romance All the Bright Places, starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith; Studio Canal and Netflix’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, starring Lily James; and Bleecker St.’s holiday feature The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce.



Apple Orders Multi-Academy Award Winner Alfonso Cuaron’s Thriller Series “Disclaimer”





Apple Orders Multi-Academy Award Winner Alfonso Cuaron’s Thriller Series “Disclaimer” Starring Academy Award-Winners Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline
Based on the novel of the same name by Renee Knight, “Disclaimer” will star Blanchett as a successful and respected television documentary journalist whose work has been built on revealing the concealed transgressions of long-respected institutions.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple orders multi-Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón’s thriller series “Disclaimer” starring Academy Award-winners Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline

Cuarón to write, direct and executive produce all episodes as part of his overall deal with Apple TV+, and Blanchett to executive produce on new series with award-winning cinematographers Emmanuel Lubezki and Bruno Delbonnel serving as directors of photography

Apple TV+ has ordered “Disclaimer,” a new original series from the multi-Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning director, writer, producer, cinematographer and editor, Alfonso Cuarón (Golden Lion Award-winning “Roma,” “Gravity,” “Children of Men”) through his production company Esperanto Filmoj. The psychological thriller will star multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed actors Cate Blanchett (“Don’t Look Up,” “Nightmare Alley,” “Pinocchio”), who will also executive produce, and Kevin Kline (“The Starling,” “Beauty and the Beast,” Broadway’s “Present Laughter”), who is making his series debut. Cuarón will write, direct and executive produce the series.

Based on the novel of the same name by Renee Knight, “Disclaimer” will star Blanchett as ‘Catherine Ravenscroft,’ a successful and respected television documentary journalist whose work has been built on revealing the concealed transgressions of long-respected institutions. When an intriguing novel written by a widower (played by Kline) appears on her bedside table, she is horrified to realize she is a key character in a story that she had hoped was long buried in the past. A story that reveals her darkest secret. A secret she thought was hers alone.

The series will be the first project to debut from a multi-year deal with Cuarón, who is developing television series exclusively for Apple TV+, and it joins Apple’s award-winning series slate. It also marks first time Cuarón has written and directed all episodes of an original series. Cuarón currently serves as producer on Apple Original Film “Raymond and Ray,” which is now in production from Apple Studios.

“Disclaimer” is produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Anonymous Content. Academy Award-winner Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity,” “Birdman,” “The Revenant”) and Academy Award nominee Bruno Delbonnel (“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Darkest Hour”) will serve as directors of photography on the project. Cuarón serves as executive producer alongside Esperanto Filmoj’s Gabriela Rodriguez and Anonymous Content’s David Levine, Dawn Olmstead and Steve Golin. Blanchett executive produces and Renee Knight serves as co-executive producer.

“Disclaimer” joins a growing roster of award-winning Apple Original series, including the Emmy Award, and SAG and Critics’ Choice Award-winning “Ted Lasso”; Emmy, Critics Choice and SAG award-winning series “The Morning Show”; NAACP Image Award-winning “Truth Be Told”; the recently renewed “Physical,” a dramedy from creator Annie Weisman, and starring and executive produced by Rose Byrne; as well as highly anticipated series including “The Shrink Next Door,” starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd; “WeCrashed,” starring and executive produced by Academy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winners Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto; “Five Days At Memorial” from Academy Award winner John Ridley and Emmy Award winner Carlton Cuse; and “Roar,” a new female-driven anthology series from creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and executive producers Nicole Kidman and Bruna Papandrea.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

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About Cate Blanchett

Blanchett most recently wrapped production on Eli Roth’s “Borderlands.” She also recently completed work on Adam McKay’s film, “Don’t Look Up,” as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” and “Pinocchio.” Additionally, Blanchett has begun pre-production on the upcoming Todd Field film, “Tar.” In 2015, she appeared in the title role of “Carol,” which she produced with Dirty Films and was directed by Todd Haynes. She received an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and SAG nomination for her performance. Blanchett has won Academy Awards for Best Actress on behalf of her performance as Jasmine in the film “Blue Jasmine,” and Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.”

About Kevin Kline

Over the course of his distinguished career, Kevin Kline has been the recipient of numerous accolades including an Academy Award, a SAG Award, three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Obie Awards. He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards, two BAFTAs and five Golden Globes. Notable film credits include Sophie’s Choice, The Big Chill, Silverado, Cry Freedom, A Fish Called Wanda, Soapdish, The Ice Storm, In & Out, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Life as a House, De-Lovely, A Prairie Home Companion, As You Like It and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.

About Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki

Born in Mexico, Emmanuel Lubezki is one of the most innovative and influential cinematographers in contemporary film. Widely known for his use of natural lighting and continuous uninterrupted shots, Lubezki won three consecutive Academy Awards for his work on Gravity (2014) Birdman, (2015) and The Revenant (2016). He continues to push technological boundaries with his projects, including Carne y Arena, a collaborative virtual reality installation with filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritú. Most recently, he collaborated with acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell on his upcoming feature. In addition to eight Academy Award Nominations, Lubezki is the recipient of five ASC awards and four BAFTA Awards.  Lubezki won the Royal Photographic Society Lumière Award for major achievement in cinematography, video or animation in 2016.

About Bruno Delbonnel

Bruno Delbonnel is a French cinematographer, ASC, AFC. His most recent work can be seen in Apple and A24’s upcoming feature “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Bruno met Joel and Ethan Coen on a PARIS JE T’AIME segment. Since then, they have collaborated on “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” To date, Delbonnel has received five Academy Award nominations, three BAFTA Award nominations, three ASC Award nominations, and two BSC Award nominations. He has won several awards, including the César French Award, the European Award, ASC Award and the ASC International Award in 2019.



DON’T MISS THE US DEBUT OF GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER THE PACT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 ON SUNDANCE NOW





DON’T MISS THE US DEBUT OF GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER THE PACT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 ON SUNDANCE NOW AND AMC+

“Wales’s ‘Big Little Lies’” – The Guardian

“The Pact is a stonking standout of a crime thriller” – The Irish Times


The enthralling, six-part thriller The Pact is set to make its US debut on Sundance Now and AMC+ on Thursday, December 2. New episodes of the dark whodunnit will premiere weekly until Thursday, January 6.

When young brewery boss Jack (Aneurin Bernard, Dunkirk, War & Peace) is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws his four employees Anna (Laura Fraser, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Nancy (Julie Hesmondhalgh, Broadchurch, Happy Valley), Louie (Eiry Thomas, Keeping Faith, The Accident) and Cat (Heledd Gwynn; Ordinary Lies, 35 Diwrnod) into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile, Anna’s police officer husband Max (Jason Hughes, Marcella, Midsomer Murders) investigates Jack’s unforeseen death alongside his fierce superior DS Holland (Rakie Ayola, Noughts + Crosses, Shetland), completely unaware that his own wife and her best friends are at the heart of a conspiracy.

The Pact also stars Abbie Hern (The Twilight Zone, Enola Holmes 2), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Deadpool 2), Mark Lewis-Jones (Gangs of London, The Crown), Adrian Edmondson (EastEnders, Save Me), Gabrielle Creevy (In My Skin, Father Brown) and Aled Ap Steffan (Gangs of London, In My Skin). The Pact, a Sundance Now Exclusive Series, is written and created by Pete McTighe (Doctor Who, A Discovery of Witches) and directed by Eric Styles (Hidden, Casualty) and Rebecca Johnson (Call the Midwife, The Flash). Production company is Cardiff-based Little Door Productions and Lionsgate handles the international distribution.

EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

Episode One – Premieres Thursday, December 2 on Sundance Now and AMC+

After the unexplained death of their boss Jack at the brewery where they work, Anna, Nancy, Louie, and Cat make a pact to protect each other. But their allegiances will be tested.

Episode Two – Premieres Thursday, December 9 on Sundance Now and AMC+

As the police interview the brewery workers about Jack’s behavior at the party, it appears someone else knows what happened that night…and plans to blackmail Anna and her friends.

Episode Three – Premieres Thursday, December 16 on Sundance Now and AMC+

On the day of Jack’s memorial, Max, Anna’s policeman husband, makes an arrest. After another blackmail message appears, Anna vows to uncover who is behind the threats.

Episode Four – Premieres Thursday, December 23 on Sundance Now and AMC+

Nancy learns some disturbing news about her husband, Richard. Louie deals with a personal dilemma, and Max tries to grill Anna about Jack’s death — putting more strain on their marriage.

Episode Five – Premieres Thursday, December 30 on Sundance Now and AMC+

The police make an arrest in connection with Jack’s death, and the pact between the women is at a breaking point. Cat must trust her coworker Tish and admit what happened that fateful night.

Episode Six – Premieres Thursday, January 6, 2022 on Sundance Now and AMC+

As the police net tightens, Cat and Tish are drawn closer, and Max is torn between his work and Anna. Finally, the truth about Jack’s death is revealed — and nothing will ever be the same.

Sundance Now

AMC Networks’ Sundance Now offers cross-genre escapism for insightful viewers seeking fresh perspectives, thought-provoking experiences and transportive journeys to far-off places. With a rich selection of engrossing dramas and romance, imaginative fantasy, gripping mysteries, to riveting true crime and intelligent thrillers, Sundance Now programming features empowered characters telling one-of-a-kind of stories from around the world – all streaming commercial-free. Sundance Now houses critically-acclaimed and award-winning original and streaming exclusive series including popular supernatural thriller A Discovery of Witches (Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer), highly anticipated UK adaptation of the French hit Call My Agent (Jack Davenport, Jim Broadbent), multi-Emmy winner State of the Union (Rosamund Pike, Chris O’Dowd; Patricia Clarkson, Brendan Gleeson), glamourous coastal drama Riviera (Julia Stiles), incomparably clever comedy Back (David Mitchell, Robert Webb), British true crime thriller Des (David Tennant), hit mystery The Drowning (Jill Halfpenny), French spy drama The Bureau, Australian psychological thriller The Secrets She Keeps (Laura Carmichael), acclaimed Swedish drama The Restaurant, British thriller The Cry (Jenna Coleman), Liar (Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd), Motherland (Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Punch, Joanna Lumley), Next of Kin (Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport), and Total Control (Rachel Griffiths, Deborah Mailman), to name a few; alongside riveting true crime series including The Night Caller, Secrets of a Psychopath, The Suspect, The Dakota Entrapment Tapes, The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park, No One Saw a Thing and Killing for Love featuring the Amanda Knox podcast.

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About AMC+

AMC+ is the company’s new premium streaming bundle featuring an extensive lineup of popular and critically acclaimed original programming from AMC, BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV and full access to targeted streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited, which feature content such as A Discovery of Witches, Creepshow, Riviera and Boyhood. The service features a continually refreshed library of commercial-free content, including fan favorites Mad Men, Rectify, Orphan Black, Portlandia, Hell on Wheels, NOS4A2 and series from The Walking Dead Universe, among many others. The service also offers a growing slate of original and exclusive series including Gangs of London, The North Water, Kin, The Beast Must Die, Too Close, The Salisbury Poisonings, Cold Courage, Spy City, Ultra City Smiths, Ragdoll and Anna. AMC+ recently launched in Canada and Australia, and is available in the U.S. through AMCPlus.com, the AMC+ app, and a number of digital and cable partners.