Idris Elba


Discovery plans new Elba series

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL: Discovery Networks International is working on another unscripted series with popular actor Idris Elba (pictured). DNI’s chief creative officer, Phil Craig told journalists at a press conference yesterday in Edinburgh the show would be similar to previous project Idris Elba: No Limits (fka The Idris Elba Project) which saw the actor engage […]

Discovery UK buys Idris Elba doc

Discovery Networks has acquired actor Idris Elba’s personal journey documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me. Elba (The Wire, Luther) has been in town with his company, Green Door Pictures, and distributor Content Media to promote the doc, and news of his doc’s first sale, into the UK and Ireland, came at a drinks reception yesterday evening. Mandela, […]

Idris Elba heading to Cannes with Content

TV and film star Idris Elba is heading to MIPTV to promote Mandela, My Dad and Me, his personal journey doc. The doc is being sold internationally by Content Media, which will host a reception for buyers with Elba and the production team. No broadcaster is attached to Mandela, My Dad and Me yet, which […]

Idris Elba preps Mandela, My Dad and Me doc

Idris Elba is making Mandela, My Dad and Me, a one-off doc about his life and preparation for playing Nelson Mandela in the hit movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Elba’s prodco Green Door Pictures, UK indie Woodcut Media and Shine regional division Shine North are making the 1x60mins film. Content financier Bob & Co. are part-financing […]

Netflix tames Beasts of No Nation with $12m

Streaming service Netflix has paid big bucks to debut Beasts of No Nation, a feature film starring Idris Elba about a West African child soldier. The film, which comes from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, will launch on Netflix in the US and worldwide later this year. The fact the film debuts in select theatres […]

BBC Taster gets Idris Elba interactive doc

The BBC has commissioned Story of Now, an interactive doc presented by Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire) for its new digital hub, BBC Taster. The 20-part series will be produced by UK indie TouchCast. Each five-minute instalment will explore a question abut the human condition, including those pertaining to religion, art, morality and consciousness. The show […]

Shine cuts copro deal with Idris Elba prodco

Shine North and actor Idris Elba’s production company Green Door have agreed a programming deal whereby they will develop factual programming together. The Luther star and regional production division of Shine recently worked together on BBC motoring series Idris Elba: King of Speed. It followed the actor as he looked at iconic car marques and […]