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Soccer Sexual Abuse Drama ‘Floodlights’ Set at BBC

Gerard Kearns Floodlights


“Floodlights,” a feature-length single drama for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer tells the story of Andy Woodward, the previous skilled soccer participant whose revelations in regards to the sexual abuse he suffered as a youth participant despatched shockwaves all through the trade. In 2016, Woodward went public about sexual abuse by his youth coach, Barry Bennell. After doing so, lots of extra males, many additionally victims of Bennell, discovered the braveness to talk up about their experiences of abuse, lifting the lid on a nationwide scandal within the U.Okay.’s hottest sport.

Gerard Kearns (“The Final Kingdom”) portrays Woodward and the forged additionally contains Jonas Armstrong (“Hollington Drive”), Morven Christie (“Lockwood & Co”) and Steve Edge (“Benidorm”).

“Floodlights,” made with the total cooperation of Woodward, is written by BAFTA-winning screenwriter, Matt Greenhalgh (“Management,” “Movie Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”) and directed by BAFTA-nominated Nick Rowland (“Calm With Horses”). It’s produced by Expectation, a part of BBC Studios’ portfolio of indies during which they maintain a minority share, in affiliation with Solely the Greatest. .

Woodward stated: “Since talking out in 2016 I wished to proceed to encourage folks to speak with out concern, to make a change. ‘Floodlights’ tells my story, which no little one ought to ever must undergo. I hope this movie helps to cease abuse in soccer and in all areas of life.”

“Floodlights,” due this spring, was commissioned by Piers Wenger, director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content material officer. Government producers are Colin Barr for Expectation, Lucy Richer and Clare Sillery for the BBC and Sue Horth and Grant Greatest.


Josh Berger, former president and managing director of Warner Bros. U.Okay., Eire and Spain, who additionally served beforehand served as BFI chair, has been appointed as chair of the board of trustees of performing and artistic arts establishment the Brit Faculty. Established in 1991 with the help of The Brit Belief, the college has educated over 10,000 younger folks in music, theatre, dance, media manufacturing, and visible arts. The varsity’s alumni embody Adele, Loyle Carner, Tom Holland, Amy Winehouse, Cush Jumbo, and plenty of different notable artists, and artistic professionals working at main firms together with Apple, BBC, Fb, Sky, and TikTok.

Berger is the producer of Man Ritchie’s upcoming movie “The Interpreter,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal; govt producer of “Unbelievable Beasts: The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore”; and a producer of the Tony-winning musical “Ain’t Too Proud.”


Worldwide artist supervisor Dumi Oburota is becoming a member of international music distribution firm The Orchard as a worldwide A&R marketing consultant with a short of signing and creating international hip-hop and R&B artists.

Oburota’s report label Disturbing London, whose roster contains Tinie Tempah, Yxng Bane and WIZ 36IX in addition to producers comparable to Elevated, and Eight9FLY, will associate with The Orchard, giving its artists entry to The Orchard’s artist and label providers, which embody knowledge evaluation, viewers progress experience, advertising and marketing, rights administration and model partnerships.

“Dumi brings to The Orchard a wealth of music trade data and a ardour for creating expertise which makes him the right addition to The Orchard household,” stated The Orchard’s managing director Ian Dutt.


MBC’s new actuality format “Bloody Sport” is ready to bow internationally on the upcoming MipTV market (Apr. 4-6). Styled as a psychological thoughts sport competitors the place 10 gamers are remoted in an expensive mansion to play a survival sport as they get rid of one participant every per episode. It creates a microcosm of society displaying the distinction between the haves and have-nots, and permits every kind of conspiracy, betrayal, lies, and slanders to the ten opponents while they attempt to develop into the only real survivor and win the prize cash. When proven in Korea, “Bloody Sport” attracted new subscribers to Korean streamer Wavve, the important thing investor and a associate of MBC for the present. Internationally, the format is already optioned to France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and The Netherlands. The format gross sales workforce in addition to the producer/director Jung-Hwang Hyun will take part available in the market onsite and Jean Hur, director of format Gross sales and co-development at MBC says that they’re assured that “Bloody Sport” has the potential to inherit the worldwide fame of their hit format, “The Masked Singer.”


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