Will.i.am presents the movie ITV Race
ITV has commissioned The Voice UK coach will.i.am up front Will.i.am: The Black Footprint, a documentary that examines what it means to be black and British. Produced by Twofour as part of a show season for Black History Month, will.i.am will travel the UK meeting black British people and compare their experiences with his own, having grown up in Los Angeles. The executive producers are will.i.am and Nic Patten. The main producer is Laetitia Nneke. Other documentaries include Ashley Banjo: Great Britain in Black and White (working title), in which the Brittany Has Talent The star will examine her own past and black British history. The film is made by David Olusoga’s Uplands Television.
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BBC Studios hires COO
The television production arm of BBC Studios has hired Martha Brass as its chief operating officer. She joins from the French production giant Newen Group, where she was director of international operations. Previously, she was the executive director of international operations for Endemol Shine Group. Brass will report to BBC Studios Productions CEO Ralph Lee and effectively replaces Lisa Opie, who left in February to take on a role at game company Ubisoft. Lee said Brass will bring “great global business and operational experience to this critical role.”
Channel 4 Presents ‘The Birth of Daniel F. Harris’
Channel 4 has announced the cast of The Birth of Daniel F Harris, the latest series from the BAFTA winner The end of the damn world producer Clerkenwell Films. Lewis Gribben (Deadwater Skin) will play Danny, an 18-year-old who has been protected all his life by his father Steve, played by Rory Keenan (The Duchess), after his mother died in a car accident when he was a baby. When he comes of age, he is taken to live with his aunt, played by Lisa McGrillis (Mommy), and cousin Aaron, played by Samuel Bottomley (Everybody talks about Jamie). As Danny and Aaron begin to come out of their shells together, Danny tries to find the monster that killed his mother. Written by newcomer Pete Jackson, The Birth of Daniel F Harris is executive produced by Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, and Emily Harrison. Alex Winckler (This way) and Alexandra Brodski (Joy) direct. It is made in association with BBC Studios, which will sell the show internationally. Filming is underway.