Carnival Films


ITV readies new drama from Downton Abbey creator

ITV has greenlit Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of his novel Belgravia. NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films, the makers of Downton Abbey, are to produce the period drama. Published in 2016, Belgravia is set in the 1840s and follows the social mixing of established London elite with emerging industrial nouveau riche. The story begins on the […]

Carnival Films launches UK initiative for writers

Downton Abbey producer, Carnival Films, has launched an initiative to nurture and develop a new wave of TV series creators. The ‘Collective’ initiative is a series of in-depth sessions, which will train and guide emerging writers in responding to targeted broadcaster-led briefs and enable to work on their ideas in a collaborative environment. The initiative […]

NBC’s Carnival reshuffles as Neame takes executive chair role

NBCUniversal International has named Gareth Neame as executive chairman of UK-based prodco Carnival Films. Neame, one of international drama’s most well known producers, will be upped from his previous role as managing director, which he has held since 2004. In the new role, he will continue to lead Carnival’s production pipeline and creative vision within […]

NBCU finds Edelstein replacement

Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS). Currently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel (pictured) will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018. He will be in charge of […]

Carnival hires BBC exec as Wall to Wall grows

British producers Wall to Wall and Carnival Films have named new executive producers. Downton Abbey producer Carnival has hired BBC Studios’ Jess Pope (pictured) as executive producer, while, Long Lost Family prodco Wall to Wall has appointed Melissa Brown as executive producer, factual entertainment. NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Carnival wants Pope to develop her own programming, […]

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man debuts on iTunes in US

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man will premiere its first season on iTunes. This is the first time the British drama series will be available in Canada and the US. Produced by Carnival Films for Sky1, the 10x60mins crime drama is based on an idea from comic book writer and TV producer Stan Lee. The series was made […]

Kudos exec transfers to Carnival

Another Kudos creative executive is leaving the Endemol Shine Group-owned UK drama label. Jo Strevens is joining NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Carnival Films as head of development, having held the same role at Humans prodco Kudos. Her exit closely follows that of Humans producer Chris Fry, who left Kudos to rejoin the prodco’s former boss, Jane […]

Comcast eyes international growth but not ITV

NBCUniversal has highlighted the opportunity to grow its international business to put it on more of an equal footing with its big US media rivals, but doesn’t plan to buy UK broadcaster ITV. Speaking at the RTS London Conference – Full Stream Ahead this morning, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke (pictured) praised the company’s UK production […]

Carnival pushing Downton movie forward

Gareth Neame, the boss of Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films says he would like to see a feature film based on the global drama hit happen “sooner rather than later”. Speaking to TBI at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, Neame said Downton, which ran to six seasons as a TV series and ended last year, […]

Netflix joins BBC series The Last Kingdom

Netflix has come on board The Last Kingdom and will be a coproduction partner of the second season of the BBC period drama. The show is produced by Carnival Films, the NBCUniversal-owned prodco that also makes Downton Abbey. Netflix is now an official copro partner. Based on author Bernard Cornwell’s series of Saxon Stories, the […]

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