Helena Bonham Carter to Narrate Animated Television Adaptation of Quentin Blake’s Children’s Story “Clown”

Helena Bonham Carter is clownin’ around…

The 54-year-old part-Spanish actress and The Crown star will narrate an animated Channel 4 adaptation of Clown, a children’s story written and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Helena Bonham Carter

Channel 4 has commissioned Eagle Eye Drama, the production company recently launched by the team behind global drama streamer Walter Presents, to make the 30-minute special using hand-drawn animation techniques.

Quentin Blake’s Clown will bring to life the adventures of a little toy clown, thrown away with a load of old discarded toys, as he goes on a journey to find a new loving home for himself and his friends.

Accompanying the program will be a short making-of feature, which will include contributions from Blake, Bonham Carter and the key animators and executives.

Channel 4 head of drama Caroline Hollick commissioned the special and it is supported by a grant from the BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund.

Quentin Blake’s Clown is directed by Luigi Berio and executive produced by Massimo Fenati, with Eagle Eye’s Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino overseeing the project. New Regency is distributing.

Fenati said: “An exciting jigsaw-puzzle of incredibly gifted animators from all over Europe have embraced this creative challenge enthusiastically and everyone on the team feel privileged to be working from such wonderful source material.”

It continues Channel 4’s tradition of animated Christmas specials, following adaptations of The SnowmanThe Tiger who Came to Tea, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Fusion Picks Up Atencio-Anchored Series “Unreported World”

Mariana Atencio is going unreported in the United States…

Fusion is bringing Unreported World, featuring the Venezuelan journalist, to the U.S.

Mariana Atencio

The youth-targeted cable net has picked up a 10-episode season of the series in which young journalists span the globe to report on stories that most media outlets ignore. The series bows November 11 with back-to-back hourlong episodes.

Unreported World will be anchored by Atencio, as well as Fusion’s Dan Lieberman and Kimberly Brooks, with reporting by Ade Adepitan, Nelufar Hedayat, Kiki King, Ramita Navai, Mary-Ann Ochota and Seyi Rhodes.

Fusion’s Chief Programming Officer Wade Beckett said Unreported World is “a prime example of programming that informs by taking the audience on a journey and providing distinct perspectives on stories that often go untold.”

Fusion acquired the series, which airs on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, from Passion Distribution.

Here are synopses for the 10 episodes and their premiere dates:

The City That Beat Isis (November 11) | Kiki King reports from Kobani, the town in Northern Syria which was under siege by ISIS from September 2014 until January 2015. Having been smuggled into the devastated city, King met the Syrian Kurdish women on the front line and the refugees who fled there from the surrounding area and witnessed the last week of the battle against ISIS as the Kurdish fighters liberated their city.

Pakistan Vaccination Wars (November 11) | Meet the female health workers who are risking their lives on a daily basis, defying death threats from the Taliban, in order to immunise Pakistan’s children against polio. Nelufar Hedayat travels with the extraordinary outreach workers as they attempt to stamp out this entirely preventable disease.

Kids of Murder High (November 18) | San Pedro Sula in Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. The state education system is in crisis, with schools shut down and children threatened with death if they refuse to join one of the city’s two warring gangs. In the middle of this trauma stands Hector, the head teacher of the school Walking for Peace. Pushing back against the gangs, he is fighting to provide a basic education and stop children risking life and the law by crossing the border into the U.S. Hector built the school himself with funding from Catholic churches in America. “Our school is a miracle of God,” he says, but it’s not. It’s a testament to those willing to strive for an education no matter the cost.” Ade Adepitan reports.

Sex, Mobs & Revolution (November 25) | Ramita Navai travels to Egypt to investigate the shocking increase in sexual assaults and harassment of women, revealing the horrific reality that young men are being paid to carry out horrendous mob attacks on women. It is claimed that this started under the Mubarak regime and it is suspected by some to still continue. Women have been at the forefront of the Egyptian revolution, but are now often fearful of taking part in the regular public demonstrations.

Generation Football (December 2) | Ade Adepitan travels to Paris and Cameroon to meet the boys whose dream of playing soccer are exploited by unscrupulous agents. Families make huge financial sacrifices to pay agents for training and to buy airline tickets for boys to try out at big European clubs, only for the deal to wind up a sham. And some young men end up homeless in Europe. Ade investigates the way a whole generation of gifted young players from arguably Africa’s most soccer-mad nation are being affected, meeting young hopefuls, a fake agent, and destitute boys.

Vietnam’s Dog Snatchers (December 9) | Imagine if your pet dog was stolen and sold for food. That’s what’s happening in Vietnam, where criminals have entered the lucrative dog meat trade. Reporter Nelufar Hedayat investigates, and uncovers evidence of unimaginable animal cruelty.

Kickboxing Kids (December 16) | Reporter Mary-Ann Ochota and Director Daniel Bogado explore the brutal sport of Muay Thai boxing where kids as young as 7 take to the ring to fight for fame, fortune and a shot at the big time. Fighting is big business with huge sums of money being bet but fighting can having a lasting impact on the kids.

The World’s Dirtiest River (December 23) |  Millions of Indonesians rely on the Citarum River for drinking water, but Reporter Seyi Rhodes and Director Hugo Ward discover the river’s full of astounding amounts of garbage and polluted with dangerous industrial chemicals.

15 and Learning to Speak (December 30) | Imagine living without being able to communicate with anyone around you. Well, that’s the reality for many deaf people in the developing world who have never been taught sign language. Kiki King is in rural Uganda to meet some of the country’s most isolated children and the people helping them find their voice for the first time.

Jamaica’s Underground Gays (January 6) | Reporter Ade Adepitan and Director Andrew Carter travel to Kingston to meet a group of gay and transgender Jamaicans who’ve been swept out of society and have ended up living in a storm drain – just because of their sexuality.

Orrantia’s 80s-Themed Sitcom “The Goldbergs” to Air on the U.K.’s E4 Network

Hayley Orrantia is going global…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American actress, singer-songwriter and former The X Factor contestant’s ABC sitcom The Goldbergs will start airing in the U.K. next year under a deal between Sony Pictures Television and British broadcaster Channel 4‘s E4 network, which targets younger viewers.

Hayley Orrantia

Financial details of the multi-season deal weren’t revealed. The first season is set to air in early 2015.

The Goldbergs premiered in the U.S. in September 2013 with an audience of more than 11 million, and the first season averaged 7 million viewers across its 23-episode run. The family comedy also stars Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey and George Segal.

The sitcom is based loosely on showrunner Adam Goldberg’s own upbringing in the 1980s and is told from the perspective of the youngest child Adam (Sean Giambrone).

The Goldbergs have already proved to be immensely popular with viewers in the U.S. with the show’s brilliant blend of humor, nostalgia and original storytelling. Following our recent sale of hit comedy Marry Me, it will make a great addition to E4’s new year programming,” said Mike Wald, executive VP international distribution for Sony Pictures Television:

The show is produced by Happy Madison Productions, Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Exhibit A Productions in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television.

Shomi Acquires Streaming Rights to Rodriguez’s “Jane the Virgin”

Life is but a stream for Gina Rodriguez in the Great White North…

Canada’s Shomi has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to The CW‘s Jane the Virgin series, starring the 29-year-old Puerto Rican actress, in a deal that bypasses broadcast.

Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin

The licensing agreement with CBS Studios International follows Shomi grabbing the first window rights to another CW show, Rob ThomasiZombie, as part of a deal with Warner Bros.

“Once our exclusive period is up, the studio is free to license these titles for linear broadcast exhibitions on a second window, but no Canadian broadcaster will have these titles before us, or during our exclusive window,” Marni Shulman, head of content and programming at Shomi, told The Hollywood Reporter about the CBS distribution deal.

The Canadian streamer, a joint venture between Rogers Media and Shaw Media, launched last week as Canadian broadcasters compete against streaming goliath Netflix Canada. Shomi earlier agreed to a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive streaming rights to The Blacklist, which landed on Netflix stateside as a first window.

Shomi is also streaming repeats of U.S. TV hit shows like 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, DaVinci’s Demons and Black Sails. It also has content deals signed with Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Starz Digital Media and BBC Worldwide North America.

It’s the latest international deal for Rodriguez’s critically acclaimed series.

Last month, CBS Studios International and U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 sealed the deal on a licensing agreement for the exclusive first window, free-to-air broadcast rights to new critically acclaimed comedy Jane the Virgin.

The CW Gives Rodriguez’s “Jane the Virgin” a Full-Season Order

Get ready for more of Gina Rodriguez’s virgin tales…

Following its strong ratings start, the CW has given the 29-year-old Puerto Rican actress’ new series Jane The Virgin a full-season order.

Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin, which earned some of the strongest reviews for new shows this fall, is holding its own on Mondays, helping post big year-to-year gains for the night. Jane held very well in its second airing this week, currently running a tenth ahead of last Monday’s premiere.

“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year [with] Jane The Virgin recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country,” said the CW president Mark Pedowitz. “Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows,” adding that Jane the Virgin has exceeded the network’s expectations on all counts.

Jane The Virgin, based on the Venezuelan telenovela, is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

The series was recently picked up by the U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, to air on it’s E4 entertainment channel, which targets 15- to 35-year-olds, in 2015.

U.K. Broadcaster Channel 4 to Air Rodriguez’s New Series “Jane the Virgin”

Gina Rodriguez’s virgin tale is going global…

CBS Corp.‘s CBS Studios International unit and U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 have sealed the deal on a licensing agreement for the exclusive first window, free-to-air broadcast rights to new critically acclaimed comedy Jane the Virgin, starring the 29-year-old Puerto Rican actress.

Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin

Financial terms of the deal weren’t released. But the show will premiere on Channel 4’s E4, an entertainment channel targeting 15- to 35-year-olds, in 2015.

Other U.S. hit shows that have aired on the network include Smallville, The O.C. and The Cleveland Show.

Jane the Virgin premiered in the U.S. on Monday on The CW network. It focuses on a young woman who has been saving herself until she and her fiance are married. Her life plans are turned upside-down when her doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her.

Jane the Virgin is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

Jane the Virgin was one of the most talked-about comedies at LA Screenings this year, and we are delighted to be working with Channel 4 to bring this fresh, new series to E4’s young audience,” said Stephen Tague, senior VP Europe for CBS Studios International.

Said Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt: “Jane the Virgin feels genuinely innovative and fresh, and I’m thrilled it will be joining the stellar lineup of acquired shows on E4.”