ITV has ordered a second season of WWII drama Home Fires from ITV Studios. The show currently airs on Sunday evenings, comfortably winning its slot with a consolidated average rating of 6.2M viewers to date and a 24% share. Home Fires follows a group of inspirational women at the heart of a rural Cheshire community who steadfastly bring the village together during the nation’s darkest hour. It was the best performing Sunday evening drama for ITV in 2014, and thus far in 2015, after Downton Abbey. Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis star. Creator is Simon Block (Lewis).
Harvey Spector and Mike Ross are bringing their legal prowess to South Korea. In its first offshore adaptation, Suits is getting a remake courtesy of EnterMedia Pictures. NBCUniversal International Formats sealed the Korea deal for the show that airs Stateside on USA. The legal drama is now in its 5th season in the U.S. The Korean version will be jointly exec-produced by Sebastian Dong Hun Lee and David Kim of EnterMedia Contents, who are repped by WME. Both producers were responsible for the U.S. adaptations of Korean hit scripted series My Love From Another Star and Good Doctor.
Discovery Networks International has commissioned the six-part documentary-style Ocean Masters. The character-led series will follow one of the world’s leading shipping and energy giants, Maersk Group, and its elite team of experts as they design and build the next generation of super ships and deep ocean rigs. Produced by Windfall Films, it will primarily shoot in Denmark, Norway and South Korea beginning production this month. Air is set for 2016.
BAFTA has set its Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers’ Forum for July 11 in London. The annual networking and skills development event is for first-time feature filmmakers and will include masterclasses, panel discussions and one-to-one speed sessions offering advice to help the neophytes navigate and progress in the industry. Highlights include a panel on writing and developing real life stories with BAFTA-winning screenwriters Jeff Pope (Philomena) and Stephen Beresford (Pride), BAFTA-winning documentary-maker Morgan Matthews (X&Y) and BAFTA-nominated director Elaine Constantine (Northern Soul); a session on the rewriting process with the team behind Testament Of Youth, Rosie Allison (Heyday Films) and writer Juliet Tawhidi; a session on casting presented by RADA with casting director Des Hamilton (Nymphomaniac, This Is England); and a series of panels and roundtables looking at the craft and business of film.
Karlovy Vary has unveiled its lineup for the 50th anniversary edition which takes place July 3-11. Among the seven world and six international premieres, the festival will introduce new movies in the main competition by Dietrich Brüggemann and Romanian filmmakers Anca Damian and Florin Şerban, as well as the feature debut of Italy’s Ferdinando Cito Filomarino with Antonia about poet Antonia Pozzi. Among other titles are Babai from Kosovo’s Visar Morina about a young boy’s conflict after his father leaves for work in the West; verité-style drama Bob And The Trees from U.S. helmer Diego Ongaro; Box from Romania’s Serban about a talented 19-year-old boxer and a woman at a critical moment in her life; coming-of-age drama The Sound Of Trees from Canada’s François Péloquin; Heil from Germany’s Bruggemann, a radical satirical comedy about the state of contemporary German society; meditation on death, Those Who Fall Have Wings from Austria’s Peter Brunner; The Magic Mountain from Damian about mountain climber and photographer Adam J Winker who fought in Afghanistan with the mujahedin against the Soviets in the 1980s; and Song Of Songs from Ukraine’s Eva Neymann about the lost world of the Jewish shtetl at the beginning of the 20th century. For more from the lineup, click here.
UK indie producer The Garden has appointed Chloë Solomon to the newly-created role of Head of Factual Formats. She will be responsible for both developing and exec producing new formatted factual series. Solomon was previously an EP at Shine; she has most recently been freelancing including executive producing Sex In Class for Channel 4. Further, former Firecracker Films development head, Mark Rossiter, has been named Acting Head of Development, covering Louise Doolan’s maternity leave. Separately, David Wise has been promoted to Director of Programs for the ITV Studios-owned outfit behind such series as 24 Hours In A&E, Bedlam and Inside Claridge’s.