We are delighted to announce that Cardinal Burns have been nominated for the prestigious Rose D’Or award for Comedy,  the international TV awards which aim to “define the gold standard of excellence and achievement in entertainment programming.”

This is the third nomination for the multi-award winning duo this month, who were also recently nominated for a BAFTA and a Televisual Bulldog Award.

They are up against The Revolution Will Be Televised and What If? in the Comedy category.

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Sketch duo up for prestigious Comedy Programme award

We’re delighted to announce that Cardinal Burns have been nominated for a BAFTA in the Comedy Programme category.

Cardinal Burns, who are Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, have picked up a string of accolades following their debut TV series, which aired on E4 last year. They collected the best sketch show award at the British Comedy Awards, as well as two Broadcast Awards and  a Loaded LAFTA.

They are up against Mr Stink, Welcome to the Places of My Life and The Revolution will be Televised.

The ceremony will take place on 12th May.

We are proud to announce that Composer, Niall Byrne won Best Original Score (Film/TV Drama) at the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Academy Awards   2013 over the weekend, for his craft on Loving Miss Hatto. His original score for the film was recorded with a 30-piece orchestra at RTÉ, Dublin.

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We are pleased to announce that Loving Miss Hatto, written by Victoria Wood for BBC1, has been nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild award for Best Single Drama.

BBC drama is assured two BPG awards, with a clean sweep of nominations in the single and series/serial categories. The full list of nominations for Best Single Drama include:

Best Possible Taste: the Kenny Everett Story (BBC4)
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC2)
Loving Miss Hatto (BBC1)
Murder (BBC1)

The BPG awards, which are voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio, will take place at One Whitehall Place in central London on 14 March.

 

E4 sketch show Cardinal Burns won two categories at the Broadcast Awards 2013 last week.

The Left Bank comedy, which debuted in 2012, fought off more established shows to be named Best Comedy and Best Multichannel Programme, following a win for Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards last month.

The judges hailed it for reinvigorating the sketch show format.

Best Multichannel Programme
WINNER: Cardinal Burns (E4)
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch)
Him And Her (BBC Three)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Threesome (Comedy Central)

Best Comedy Programme
WINNER: Cardinal Burns (E4)
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One)
Rev (BBC Two)
Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)

Loving Miss Hatto, a single drama by Victoria Wood, received good ratings and strong reviews following its BBC1 airing at Christmas:

“Loved Loving Miss Hatto… This drama is better [than the Channel 4 documentary]. Because Victoria Wood, who wrote it, clearly sees it not just as a fraud. A devoted man gives his dying wife the success he feels she always deserved but never had… that’s also a grand act of love.” Sam Wollaston, The Guardian. Read Full Review

“The script had sly flashes of Wood’s wit….Rory Kinnear and Maimie McCoy were sweetly excellent as the young lovers….Molina was magnificent, doing most of his acting with his eyes, which went from twinkly to calculating to softly sad within a single scene….He poured two drinks, stopped, then slowly decanted one back into the bottle. Never can orange squash have been used so poignantly. It was a quietly compelling, moving drama. Bravo, ducky.” Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph Read Full Review

“Victoria Wood’s drama Loving Miss Hatto cast a new and gently moving light on a bizarre story….this marvellous drama touched on the connection between “genius” and Read more →

Well done to Cardinal Burns for winning Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards 2012 recently.The breakthrough comedy duo were nominated for 3 awards in total, including Best New Comedy Programme and Best Breakthrough Artist.

WATCH Cardinal Burns at The British Comedy Awards 2012

 

NEW 10-PART SERIES TO PREMIERE ON SKY1 HD AND HBO/CINEMAX

The Emmy nominated hit action series STRIKE BACK will return to Sky1 HD in 2013 for a fourth series of ten brand new episodes, shot on location in South Africa and Hungary.

The fourth series will once again be a co-production between Sky and CINEMAX/HBO and will be produced by Left Bank Pictures. The series was commissioned and will be Executive Produced by Sky’s Huw Kennair-Jones, Commissioning Editor, Drama. Left Bank’s Andy Harries will return as Executive Producer along with Series Producer Michael Casey and Head of Production Marigo Kehoe.

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The Lady, directed by Luc Besson and produced by Andy Harries has been listed in Variety Magazine’s European Overview of Toronto Film Festival:

The Lady (France / UK)
“Gallic helmer and EuropaCorp majordomo Luc Besson ventures into new territory withn his latest feature. Titled ‘The Lady’, the French-Anglo co-prod is a study of long-imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, played by Malaysian-born H.L star Michelle Yeoh (best known to Western auds for her martial arts prowess).
Based on interviews conducted over more than 18 months by scribe Rebecca Frayn after she and her husband, producer Andy Harries, first visited Burma (now known as Myanmar) in the early 1990s, a dragt of the script found its way to the star, who immediately adopted it as a personal project, enlisting EuropaCorp to finance and Besson to direct.
The title comes from the nickname by which Suu Kyi is known to her country’s people, who are banned from speaking her real name aloud. Yeoh traveled to Myanmar to meet with the pro-democracy activist shortly after her Nov. 2010 release from an almost 15-year term of house arrest. In doing so, it seems, she earned her the enmity of the Burmese junta, who in June of this year deported her from the country, claiming she was now blacklisted.

Filming was divided between Oxford and Bangkok, with production duties split between EuropaCorp and Harries’ own shingle, Left Bank Pictures.”

Televisual’s annual ranking of the top 100 broadcast production companies in the UK has been released, and we are pleased to announce that Left Bank have placed 11th in this year’s rankings, up from 12th in last year’s poll.

Televisual Magazine said: “Leading drama indie Left Bank was reported to be in the process of being acquired by Sony Pictures Television as Televisual went to press. It’s easy to see why Wallander producer Left Bank is an attractive buy. Annual turnover has risen significantly from £32m to £45m, and it enjoys good business with all the key broadcasters. Left Bank is also in the business of popular long running, returning series – like Strike Back for Sky 1 and DCI Banks for ITV1.

Business, says md Marigo Kehoe, is tough but promising. With licence fees static or falling, Left Bank is having to stitch together more and more co-productions and to film abroad for tax credits. An alliance with a deep pocketed studio like Sony would help it to fund dramas much more easily.”