EXCLUSIVE: Roku will not proceed with its ambitious jungle reality series Survival From Above but producer Caravan Media is in advanced stage talks with a UK network over taking on the show. Deadline understands Roku decided against moving forward with the format several weeks ago, though the ad-supported streamer, which operates in the U.S., UK, Canada and Latin America, declined to comment and so did Caravan. Roku unveiled the lofty eight-parter in June, branding it the first survival competition series set entirely in rainforest treetops, with 10 contestants aiming to be the ‘last person hanging’ while suspended 100 feet off the ground in Guyana, South America. Caravan Co-founder and CEO Dinah Lord was executive producer alongside Rafael Montserrat and Jane McGoldrick, with Kristina Obradovic as Production Consultant and Executive Casting and Talent Producer Charles Pheby also on board. Caravan was well into pre-production when Roku cancelled, with casting … [Read more...] about ‘Survival From Above’: Roku Cancels Reality Format Before Launch But Producer Caravan In Talks For UK Network Revival
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Strange as it may seem, the Oscar for Best International Feature tends to go to movies that are universal rather than geographically specific. Last year’s winner Drive My Car spoke more about mankind’s default setting to loneliness than it did about the specifics of relationship dynamics in modern Japan, just as the Danish drunks in 2021’s Another Round got hammered in a way that was relatable to boozers in every country from Albania to Zambia. Maybe the Academy feels that real life is better left to docs, but a 2015 win for the harrowing Second World War drama Son of Saul suggests that the door is always open. And after a year that saw the whole world reeling from Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this might be one of those years that addresses the fact. Clearly, the abrupt nature of Putin’s surprise maneuver on February 24 caught many unawares, especially in an industry that can be slow to react. Maryna Er Gorbach, however, had begun work on her film Klondike — … [Read more...] about Look Back In Anger: Will Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Set The Agenda For This Year’s International Oscar Race?
HBO Max is pulling Gordita Chronicles from its platform, the latest title to be scrapped following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Deadline broke the news exclusively in July that the company was slashing Live-Action Kids and Family programming including the freshman comedy series created by Claudia Forestieri. “Just got the very sad news that #gorditachronicles is being pulled from the @hbomax platform. Binge it one last time before our sweet little show is gone. Thank you to everyone who loved and supported our show,” Gordita Chronicles showrunner Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz shared via Twitter on Thursday. The title is currently still available on the streaming service, and it’s not known when it will be removed. A source close to the matter tells Deadline the streamer is working with production partners to find a new home for the series, which, as we previously reported , was canceled after one season. Created by Forestieri based on her real-life childhood … [Read more...] about ‘Gordita Chronicles’ To Be Pulled From HBO Max